Reminder-Immigration Requirements for Foreigners
United States Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar
Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder-Immigration Requirements for Foreigners
December 27, 2016
This message is a reminder that local law requires all foreigners in Madagascar to carry their original immigration documents at all times.
You must carry a valid residence permit or passport showing immigration stamps as evidence of your legal status. It is a violation of Madagascar Immigration Law for foreigners to carry only photocopies of their passports and/or visas. This requirement applies to all categories of foreigners to include tourists, long or short term visitors, students, permanent residents, etc.
Gendarmes in Madagascar are authorized to check immigration documents randomly or at check points. Foreigners who present photocopies of travel documents or who attempt to substitute a foreign ID or professional license are subject to fines and imprisonment.
Inability to present evidence of legal status in country is a violation of local laws and you will be subject to fines and/or prosecution. The U.S. Embassy cannot intervene in such cases.
While in Madagascar you are encouraged to:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Madagascar Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar, located at Lot 207A Point Liberty, Andranoro-Antehiroka, Antananarivo 105, at +261 202348000, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +261 (0)344932854
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).