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COVID-19 Information
Last updated:  05/04/2021

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

MADAGASCAR  (COMOROS information below)

Country-Specific Information

  • Madagascar renewed the State of Health Emergency effective May 1, 2021.  The number of daily new COVID-19 cases has been increasing.   Analamanga, Atsinana, SAVA, Anosy, Vakinankaratra, Matsiatra, and Amboby regions are closed. Domestic flights are suspended. International flights, previously authorized in and out of Nosy Be, are suspended.  In Analamanga, there will be a total lockdown every weekend.  Work and public transportation (except for taxis) will be suspended and only essential services are grocery stores may remain open. Entry to Madagascar is forbidden. Gatherings of more than 50 people remain prohibited.  Mask wearingand physical distancing in public is mandatory.  Schools are closed. Local markets are open from 6 AM to 5 PM but only one member of household may run errands.Churches, mosques, bars, and night clubs remain closed. Restaurants may operate at half-capacity.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Madagascar? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Polyclinique Ilafy and Hospital Manarapenitra Andohatapenaka offer PCR tests for COVID-19.
  • InstitutPasteur offers serological tests for COVID-19. In each region Centre Hospitalier Regional (CHRR) or Centre Hospitalier de district (CHRD) should offer PCR tests.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.htmL
  • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of Madagascar approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  NO
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Are vaccines available in MADAGASCAR for U.S. citizens to receive? NO

  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? U.S. citizens resident in Madagascar may return. Other U.S. visitors are not allowed.

  • 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

  • The previous policy of allowing free visa extensions has ended. Currently, those on tourist visas must purchase a ticket to depart Madagascar and then go to the Immigration Office or Ivato Airport to get a stamp allowing them to remain until their return ticket date. Only Air France currently flies extraordinary flights to depart Madagascar. Please contact Air France to obtain a ticket.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes, in Analamanga, Atsinana, SAVA, BOENY, and Nosy Be there is a curfew from 9 PM to 4 AM.

  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Domestic flights in and out of Nosy Be and Mahajanga are suspended.  Analamanga, Atsinana, SAVA, BOENY, and Nosy Be are closed.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes (but currently most U.S. citizens can’t enter)
  • Free testing is provided at the airport upon arrival in Nosy Be. Visitors are required to quarantine until COVID-19 test results come back.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Domestic flights are operating. International flights are suspended but some extraordinary Air France flights are operating to leave Madagascar.
  • 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:

Other Resources:

U.S. Department of State’s complete travel advisory for Madagascar
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on Covid-19 and travel
U.S. Department of State’s worldwide guidance on Covid-19 and travel

COMOROS

Country-Specific Information

  • Comoros experienced a resurgence of COVID-19 casesbut the number of new cases has declined in recent weeks. U.S. government personnel in Comoros are required to request permission before travel off of Grande Comore.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Comoros? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • COVID-19 testing is available at the former office of the Anti-malaria Project. The cost is 30,000 Comorian Francs (approximately 72 USD)
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
  • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Comoros approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  YES
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • 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

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, travel between islands is restricted.

Country-Specific Information:

  • 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
  • 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.

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:

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