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COVID-19 Information 

Last updated:  [09/10/2020]

Madagascar Country-Specific Information:

  • Madagascar continues to be under a State of Health Emergency. The number of daily new cases has trended down from peak levels in July and remained steady in recent weeks. Travel restrictions within Madagascar are easing but international flights remain suspended. Grocery stores are open until 6 PM. Curfew hours in the capital have been shortened to 11 PM to 4 AM. Gatherings of more than 50 people remain prohibited. Mask wearing in public is mandatory. Universities are still not open but academic exams are being administered, and the American School began its academic year September 1 with a combination of virtual and on-premises classes on.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • For free visa extensions (30 days renewable due to lockdown), travelers should go to the nearest Ministry of Interior, Immigration/Emigration office. This applies only for those who are stuck in Madagascar because of the suspension of flights and travel restrictions.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes (but currently U.S. citizens can’t enter)
    • Free testing is provided at the airport upon arrival. A 14 day quarantine is required.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Polyclinique Ilafy and Hospital Manarapenitra Andenatepenaka offer PCR tests for COVID-19. Institut Pasteur offers serological tests for COVID-19.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? NO
  • Is public transportation operating? YES
  • Hand gel is provided. Passengers, drivers, and assistants all must wear masks.

Fines for Non-Compliance: 

  • Failure to wear a mask in public can result in arrest for 24 hours.

Consular Operations:

  • Emergency American Citizen Services are being offered. To request a service, please email AntanACS@state.gov
  • Emergency visa services are being offered. To request consideration for a service, please email AntanVisa@state.gov

Local Resources:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/madagascar-travel-advisory.html

COMOROS

Country-Specific Information:

  • Comoros continues to prohibit large gatherings and requires the use of masks in public spaces.  Stores remain open and schools are scheduled to open in October for the beginning of the school year.  Religious services are permitted, provided health and safety guidelines are followed.  There are a limited number of commercial international flights to and from the Comoros. 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? There are no special restrictions on U.S. citizens.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • No special measures for extensions of visas have been approved.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes 
    • Quarantine is required for those who do not arrive with a negative PCR test.  Other travelers are quarantined for 3-5 days at a designated hotel until the results of the PCR test come back negative.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • COVID-19 testing is available at the former office of the Anti-malaria Project. The cost is 30,000 Comorian Francs (approximately 72 USD)

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes, but limited
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Masks are required.

Fines for Non-Compliance: 

  • Fines of 7500 Comorian Francs (approximately 18 USD) exist for not complying with mask requirements.

Consular Operations:

  • Emergency American Citizen Services are being offered. To request a service, please email AntanACS@state.gov
  • Emergency visa services are being offered. To request consideration for a service, please email AntanVisa@state.gov

Local Resources:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/madagascar-travel-advisory.html