Competency - Responsibility


REOPENING OF THE BORDERS OF MADAGASCAR - to international passengers will be gradual but limited.

Updated: 28 November 2021.

The World Travel & Tourism Council awarded Madagascar
the Safe Travels Stamp, which recognizes it on the international scene
as a safe destination

Important Information

That should be known: :

Address of the Consulate:
1026 Budapest, Sövény utca 3.
from Monday to Thursday: 11:00 - 15:00,
ONLY by previous registration on arrival.


Useful information

The main island is the fourth largest island in the World, located in the Indian Ocean. It is famous for pepper, vanilla, and of course the Lemurs. Its population 90% malagasy, 5% europeans, 3% asiatics (indo-pakistanis and chinese), 2% others.
  + Languages: malagasy (the official national language), french and english.
  + State form : Republic, of which:
     - Executive - president, prime minister, cabinet;      - Legislative - National Assembly and Senat;      - Juridical - Supreme Court, High Court of Justice, Constitutional High Court
  + Capital of Madagascar: Antananarivo (1 300 000 inhab.)

1. Climate

Two seasons noticeable:

   + Austral summer (from November to March): hot and humid
   + Austral winter (from April to October): dry season, fairly cold on the high lands

2. Hygienic provisions

There is no safe tap water so be prepared with bottled water. The only other option is rice water (water used to cook rice, which will therefore have been boiled). Particularly important to plan ahead if visiting rural areas. In towns, roadside drink stands, stores, and bars are plentiful. Most sell a range of drinks including bottled water, Coca Cola and Madagascar's beer, Three Horses Beer ("THB"). You can also try the bubblegum flavored soda 'Bonbon Anglais'.

3. Currency

Malagasy Ariary.
Actually  1 euro = 4 122 Ariary (Refer to Exchange rates)
          1 HUF    = 12.71 Ariary
In general, banks, hotels and retail outlets accept credit cards, travelers checks and foreign currency.

4. Stay safe

Madagascar is a fairly safe country.
You must, however, respect some simple principles:

  • Don't walk around at night in big cities.
  • Don't show signs of riches (cameras, jewels, ...).
  • Don't resist in case of aggression.
  • Keep your eyes on your stuff when you take public transportation or go to markets where numerous pickpockets swarm.
    It should also be noted that, like any other third world country, the presence of beggars never goes unnoticed. This is sometimes uncomfortable for tourists, but these people should be respected none-the-less. They are, predictably, attracted to foreigners and will not hesitate to ask for a hand out. It is recommended that you do not give money, but other useful items, such as a banana, a piece of bread, etc. It is usually accepted with gratitude, and if the beggar is a child, he will run away with a smile on his face.

    5. Telecomunication

    International calls can be arranged at post offices, prepaid or pay phone or a mobile phone (taxiphone