Sections & Offices

The United States Embassy is investing in the next generation in Madagascar. As the largest bilateral donor through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) our programs help to improve the lives of millions of Malagasy.

These national programs are helping to eradicate malaria, improve maternal and child health, and assisting communities in disaster preparation. Yet, we also believe in personal diplomacy.

That is why over one hundred and thirty Peace Corps Volunteers live and work in rural villages across the country. We are making investments for the future. The Department of States spent over $100 million to build a state of the art embassy that will serve as a platform for diplomacy and exchanges for the next 100 years.

The Public Affairs Section provides Madagascar with the latest technology, information, and resources through its library and cultural centers – including a new mobile cultural center that tours around the country.

The Embassy continues to work through its Political and Economic Section to resolve the current political crisis and address human rights, trafficking in persons, and the rule of the law. Together the American mission to Madagascar has over 450 staff who work every day to build a better future for the country.

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The Public Affairs Section works to inform and inspire a new generation of Malagasy.  Whether we are bringing the massive Mobile Cultural Center to the most remote areas of Madagascar or introducing the latest technology to visitors to our library, we are engaged in building new connections for a better future.  We run the American cultural centers across Madagascar, including those that help students who want to study in the United States.  We also work closely with a number of Embassy-sponsored centers such as the Malagasy Media Center, the Martin Luther King Youth Civic Center, and the Artists for the Environment Center.  We also communicate regularly with journalists, bloggers, and the public about global issues and American policy.

The Information Resource Center (IRC) is responsible for coordinating programs and resources at our American centers.  With access to some of the latest information and technology from the United States, the IRC provides a wealth of resources to everyone from students to policy makers.  Whether you are looking for books, videos, software, or apps, they have put into our American centers some of the most comprehensive collections in Madagascar.  These materials are available in English and French. The IRC also runs the Facebook and Twitter pages of the Embassy, along with this web site’s Online Library.

Through our Press Office we work to provide the latest developments on global issues, the United States, and American policy.  We also work closely with journalists to develop their professional skills, particularly through the development of the Malagasy Media Center.  Within the Office, the Innovative Engagement Unit develops programs that reach out to new audiences in new ways.  A recent example is their work with young leaders, following President Obama’s Summit of Young African Leaders.  They have helped them to develop a popular televised debate program and established the Martin Luther King Youth Civic Center.

The Cultural Office organizes programs that inspire new ideas.  The Fulbright scholarship, which provides Masters degrees to Malagasy students and the Humphrey fellows, a one year professional development program in the United States, are run out of this office.  Shorter exchanges and training are also organized by the cultural staff, including the International Visitor Leadership Program. Working with artists and musicians, the Office has created a new campaign, “Experience the Environment,” that promotes ecotourism with some of the country’s most popular celebrities.

Contact for the Public Affairs Section:
Lot 207 A, Point Liberty
Andranoro – Antehiroka
105 Antananarivo
Tel: (261) (20) 23 480 00
e-mail: AntanPublicAffairs@state.gov

Political Affairs

The Political Section is responsible for tracking significant political trends in Madagascar and the Comoros, while also following regional affairs and human rights issues.  The section is highly involved in the drafting of the annual Human Rights Report, Trafficking in Persons Report, International Religious Freedom Report, and the Advancing Freedom and Democracy Report.

The Embassy also hosts a monthly Human Rights Working Group to provide an open forum for civil society stakeholders to discuss pertinent human rights’ issues in Madagascar.

Economic and Commercial Affairs

The Economic/Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy represents American economic policy interests in Madagascar and advises mission leadership and the U.S. Government on economic and labor issues. The aim of the section is to promote fruitful bilateral trade and investment relations between Madagascar and the United States of America and to build support for U.S. Government economic policies through innovative programs and activities.

Commercial Advocacy

The Economic/Commercial section provides commercial advocacy to U.S. firms intending to do business in Madagascar. Such services typically include setting up meetings with potential business agents and partners and limited market research in areas of interest. The section also liaisons with American firms in specific areas of interest to identify trade opportunities with local partners. If you are part of an American firm interested in commercial advocacy services, please contact the political and economic section at the Embassy.

The United States Defense Attaché Office (USDAO) in Madagascar provides liaison between the U.S. Department of Defense and Madagascar’s Ministry of National Defense for all armed forces: Army, Navy, Air Force and Gendarmerie. The Senior Defense Official (SDO) / Defense Attaché (DATT) serves as the senior representative of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. AFRICOM Commander.  The SDO/DATT also serves as the senior military advisor to the Chief of Mission.  USDAO Antananarivo attachés are additionally accredited to the Indian Ocean nations of Comoros, Mauritius, and Seychelles.

Diplomatic Security Service

The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the law enforcement and security agency of the U.S. Department of State, charged with the mission of providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.  All DSS agents are sworn federal law enforcement officers.

Every diplomatic mission in the world operates under a security program designed and maintained by Diplomatic Security, as DSS is often known. In addition to creating a secure environment at U.S. diplomatic missions, DSS also investigates crimes with a nexus to the State Department, such as passport and visa fraud, conducts personnel security investigations, and protects the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States.DSS also trains foreign civilian law enforcement officers in disciplines designed to reduce the threat and repercussions of terrorism throughout the world.

Through the Office of Foreign Missions, the bureau manages reciprocity and immunity issues for foreign diplomats in the United States. DSS’s role evolves to meet new challenges. DSS special agents are the most widely represented United States federal agents in the world.

U.S. Africa Command: United States Africa Command, (U.S. AFRICOM) is one of six of the U.S. Defense Department’s geographic combatant commands and is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organizations. A full-spectrum combatant command, U.S. AFRICOM is responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises, and security cooperation on the African continent, its island nations, and surrounding waters. AFRICOM began initial operations on Oct. 1, 2007, and officially became an independent command on Oct. 1, 2008.

The mission of the Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) is to enhance the long-term bilateral defense relationship between Madagascar and Comoros and the United States. We accomplish this by managing myriad Security Assistance programs. These include:

  • International Military Education and Training (IMET)
  • Foreign Military Financing and Sales (FMF/S)
  • Military to Military (Mil to Mil) training engagement
  • Regional training and exercises such as CUTLASS EXPRESS
  • Africa Center for Strategic Studies activities: http://africacenter.org/
  • Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) projects

In all these programs we seek to enhance our bilateral relationship through four lines of efforts:

  • Defense Institution Building
  • Maritime Security Capacity building
  • Peacekeeping/Crisis Response
  • Assured Access/Freedom of Movement

The OSC Chief is currently a U.S. Naval officer and is responsible for military engagement activities in Madagascar and Comoros. The OSC Chief serves as the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) Strategic Plans and Policy representative for cooperative security assistance to the Senior Defense Official and the Country Team.

With more than 60,000 employees, United States Customs and Border Protection 

(CBP) is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

As the world’s first full-service border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs.

CBP Attaché Office

CBP can be contact at: 27 11 290 3080/ 3225 or cbpjohannesburg@state.gov if you have questions not already answered on this page.

If you have an appointment with CBP at the Consulate General, please arrive no sooner than 15 minutes before your scheduled time. Due to security regulations and space restrictions we are unable to accommodate family members, lawyers or friends of applicants within the Consulate waiting areas.

Services provided at our office in South Africa

Travel

  • For U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents
    If you are a U.S. citizen traveling abroad, get the information you need to smoothly navigate your return back into the U.S.
  • For International Visitors
    If you are a visitor to the U.S. coming to work, study, conduct business or immigrate, get the Information you need to smoothly navigate the process and procedures to enter the U.S.

I94

If you forgot to turn in your I94 and CBP did not recorded your departure from the U.S., please follow this link where you will find instructions on how to record your departure:

Transportation Letters

Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) card (I-551) has been lost, stolen or is expired

If your LPR card (I-551) has been lost, stolen or is expired, please call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 about replacing or renewing it. To renew a green card, see USCIS.gov
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If the I-551 is lost or expires during a trip out of the U.S., you will have to obtain a new one upon re-entry – and this can take quite a while – so plan accordingly. This process entails filling out a form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident and paying the $365 base fee and biometric fee of $85. Please be aware that if your travel plans include air travel, many airlines will not board passengers with an expired green card. Therefore, you may be required to complete the I-90 form during your U.S. Government Transportation Letter process.

If your I-551 is stolen while outside the U.S.; please notify the police department in the jurisdiction in which your card was stolen to obtain a police report and contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to request a U.S. Government Transportation Letter or Boarding Foil.  Please be aware that you may be required to complete the I-90 form:  Application to Replace Permanent Resident and paying the fee at the time of your re-entry to the U.S.

Note: Green cards issued between 1979 and August 1989 do not have expiration dates and do not need to be renewed unless you want to use the GE kiosk. GE kiosks cannot read the old format Green cards.

If you have a Green card that was issued before 1989 and the photo was taken when you were a child, you may want to renew it even though its not required. If a CBP Officer is unable to identify you from the old photo as the legal owner of the green card, you could be delayed until your identity is verified.

Important:  If you have a previous version of the alien registration card (e.g., USCIS Form AR-3, Form AR-103 or Form I-151), you must replace it with a current green card.  See  for more information.

If you are an LPR and wish to use Global Entry kiosks at international airports in the U.S. you will have to get a replacement card.  The kiosks cannot read the No Expiration Date (NED) cards.

Transportation Letter for a Child Born Abroad to a LPR

Immigration law allows a Transportation Letter to be issued to a child born after issuance of an immigrant visa to his or her accompanying mother, or to a child born during the temporary visit abroad of a mother who is a lawful permanent resident of the United States, provided that: the child’s application for admission to the United States is made within 2 years of birth; the child is accompanied by either parent who is applying for readmission as a permanent resident upon the first return of that parent to the United States after the birth of the child; and his or her accompanying parent is found to be admissible to the United States.”

In order to apply for a transportation letter, you must make an appointment with CBP. To schedule an appointment, please click on the contact us at cbpjohannesburg@state.gov. There is no charge for this type of transportation letter.

On the day of the appointment, the legal permanent resident mother must bring the baby to the Consulate along with the following:

  • Her legal permanent resident card
  • Her passport
  • Three recent color photographs of the baby.  The photographs must be 2 inches x 2 inches (5 cm x 5 cm) in size, with no head covering, and showing a full, front-face view against a white background.
  • The baby’s valid passport
  • The baby’s certified birth certificate

Once application is made and paid for, the applicant needs to contact Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at 011 290 3080/3225 or cbpjohannesburg@state.gov to schedule an appointment

Trusted Traveler Programs

CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs provide expedited travel for pre-approved, low-risk travelers through dedicated lanes and kiosks.  These include Global Entry programs.

Watch a video about the program.  

Facilitating Trade

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has direct responsibility for enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness. By reducing costs for industry and enforcing trade laws against counterfeit, unsafe, and fraudulently entered goods, CBP is working to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety.

Resources for Importers and Exporters

Border Security TOPICS

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)

Frequently Asked Questions

Further information on U.S. customs matters may be found at the web site of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which offers information on importing and exporting and a “Know Before You Go” guide for the international traveler.

We have a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Customs and imports. You can also contact us for customs-related question ONLY!