Possible Demonstrations in Fianarantsoa

Some local political parties have called for demonstrations and public displays of support for their candidates in a closely contested mayoral race in Fianarantsoa today, Friday, August 7, 2015 and tomorrow, August 8, which may continue through the weekend.  Madagascar’s national government has sent additional security forces, which are stationed in the area in reaction to possible public gatherings.

U.S. Citizens are urged to avoid travel to Fianarantsoa if possible, and to avoid large gatherings and travel at night through the weekend.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Madagascar enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, (including the Travel Warning for Madagascar, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution).  Read the Country Specific Information for Madagascar.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist”on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy section at CONSANTAN@state.gov with consular inquiries and up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo is located at Lot 207 A, Point Liberty, Andranoro, Antehiroka,105 Antananarivo and is open Monday through Thursday: from 7:30a.m. to 5:00p.m., Friday: From 7:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m.  Tel: (261) (23) 480 00/01.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is (261) (20) (23) 480 00.