Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Honorary Consul Kidnapped in Antananarivo

According to published reports, a local businessman from the Indo-Pakistani community who is also the honorary consul of a foreign country in Antananarivo was abducted by armed assailants in a residential area near his home on January 30.  Reports indicate he was potentially targeted due to a dispute over a local business transaction.

While kidnappings are most often targeted against specific sectors of the local business community and not expatriates, we urge you to remain vigilant and take measures to reduce your risk of being the victim of a crime.

Some basic steps you can take to enhance your personal security are:

  • Review your personal security plans with your family and employer
  • Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, at all times
  • Monitor local news stations for updates
  • Come up with a code word to communicate you are in distress to friends/family
  • Keep your friends and family informed of your status and travel plans
  • Vary the times and routes of your daily routine or commute
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • If you are in a situation where you sense you are followed or threatened, proceed to a police station or public place immediately
  • If you are become caught in the middle of an armed confrontation, leave the area as quickly as possible.  If you cannot leave the area, minimize the risk to yourself by placing as much distance between you and the attackers and make yourself as small as possible

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 travel.state.gov.  STEP 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, where you can find current Travel Warnings, 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 or consulate for 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 Madagascar is located at:

Lot 207 A Point Liberty
Andranoro-Antehiroka, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Telephone:  [261] (20) 234-8000 (available 24-hours)
Fax:  [261] (20) 234-8035
Web site:  https://mg.usembassy.gov/

U.S. citizens in need of urgent assistance should call the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy: 034-493-2854