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Security Message for U.S. Citizens
Violence at Demonstrations in Antananarivo
October 5, 2023

The Embassy has received reports of a substantially augmented police presence in downtown Antananarivo in anticipation of protests and large crowds near the 13 May Square, Independence Avenue, and the surrounding downtown area.  The Embassy is also advised that opposition candidates leading these protests have deliberately remained ambiguous about where they intend to hold their demonstrations, stating only that they will attempt ultimately to reach 13 May Square. We anticipate confrontations between protestors and police that have the potential to become violent. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to avoid the area.

We remind U.S. citizens that 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.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

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) at https://step.state.gov/stepSTEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. 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 at http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Madagascar at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html.

For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate at the coordinates below for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within 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).

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Please note the following contact information:

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar located at:

Lot 27 A Point Liberty
Andranoro – Antehiroka, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Telephone: [261] (20) 23-480-00 (available 24 hours)

Fax: [261] (20) 23-480-35
Web site is http://www.antananarivo.usembassy.gov/


If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is: 034-49-328-54


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