For all travellers to Madagascar, it is necessary to get a visa in order to enter the country. Other options for international tourists include obtaining a visa in advance via an embassy or consulate, as well as securing a visa online or on arrival. They must also have a passport that is valid for at least six months and a return or onward ticket.
Entry into Madagascar
Madagascar’s borders are accessible to regional flights and commercial and charter flights to/from Europe on a limited scale. There are no COVID-19 restrictions on travel from Ireland to Madagascar. There is no necessity to produce immunisation or testing certifications for COVID-19.
Madagascar is a destination that requires a visa for Irish citizens. If travelling for tourism, a visa can be obtained at the airport of entry upon arrival. Please contact your local Madagascar Embassy for further information and entry-related questions. Consult your physician well in advance of your trip to determine if you require vaccinations for Madagascar.
There is a criteria in place for when travellers are applying for a Madagascar visa. This criteria is designed to help traveller know what documents are required when applying for a Madagascar visa. The criteria is listed below.
Visa application form.
Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in the United States such as a resident card, work, or study permit.
Visa application form.
The processing time for a Madagascar visa varies depending on the type of visa requested. The turnaround time is approximately four to seven business days.
If there is missing or incorrect information on your visa application form, the Madagascar Immigration Office may extend the processing time.
Visa appointment wait periods can vary from situation to situation. The seasonal volume of work and number of waiting applicants also affect the projected duration of the wait. However, the bulk of wait periods range between 60 and 120 days.
Who Can Visit Madagascar Without a Visa?
Everyone entering the Republic of Madagascar requires a visa. You can apply for different types of visas based on the reason for your stay in the country.
For detailed information on specific parts of the general visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
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There are two primary types of visas for Madagascar:
A tourist visa is provided for the purposes of tourism, visits, and sightseeing.
Foreign nationals are awarded a transformable (long-stay) visa for the following purposes:
- Family gathering.
- Volunteer work.
- Missionaries of humanity
- Religious missionaries.
- Managers for an organisation in Madagascar.
Applicants seeking a transformable long-stay visa must first spend one month in Madagascar with a tourist visa. Within that month, they must choose the type of long-stay visa they wish to apply for and submit an application to the Ministry of Interior (Department of Immigration) in Madagascar.
What To Do If Your Madagascar Visa is Refused
You have the right to contest this verdict. The embassy of the Member State that decided to deny the visa distributes a standard form to notify the applicant of the decision to deny a Madagascar visa and the reasons for the refusal. People regularly ask us how we can “guarantee” the issuance of a visa. Because all final decisions are made by embassies, there is no way to obtain a 100 percent guarantee. All you can do is ensure that your form is as strong as possible. Please get in touch with us if your visa appeal was denied.
Passport valid for six months after the date of entrance, with at least three blank pages. Visas must be obtained prior to travel or purchased at the port of entry for stays of less than three months. Visas can be acquired in exchange for U.S. dollars, euros, or Malagasy ariary, however credit cards are not accepted. Proof of onward and return travel.
You’ll need a visa to enter Madagascar. This can be completed upon arrival at the airport if you are a tourist. If you have travelled from a country where yellow fever is prevalent, you may be required to present a valid vaccination certificate. Madagascar is no longer subject to COVID-19 regulations.
The majority of Madagascar’s fauna cannot be found anywhere else on Earth.
Madagascar was colonised by Asians before the rest of Africa.
Lemurs are considered sacred in Madagascar.
Madagascar has robust protections for human rights.
Prior to French colonial rule, a woman ruled Madagascar.