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COVID-19 Information
Last updated:  07/26/2021

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 July 25, 2021 for an additional two weeks.   All regions are open but restrictions remain.  Domestic flights are operating. International flights, previously authorized in and out of Nosy Be, are suspended. Entry to Madagascar remains forbidden. Gatherings of more than 400 people remain prohibited.  Mask wearing and physical distancing in public is mandatory.  Bars and night clubs remain closed. Restaurants may operate at half-capacity. For Analamanga, Vakinankaratra, and Haute Matsiatra, a curfew applies from Midnight to 4 AM.

The Government of Madagascar (GOM) revised eligibility criteria for the AstraZeneca/Covishield COVID-19 vaccine that was allocated to the country through the COVAX initiative. Individuals 18 and over are now eligible to be vaccinated. However, Madagascar is awaiting additional supply and currently is not running vaccination clinics. Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected to arrive July 27. These vaccines will be targeted at those who did not receive a first dose of COVISHIELD.  The second shipment of COVISHIELD vaccines are expected to arrive early August. Please contact the Ministry of Health for more information. When information on the next round of clinics is available, this website will be updated.

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
  • Hospital Manarapenitra Andenatepenaka and IPM Avaradoha offer PCR tests for COVID-19. For IPM Avaradoha, the cost is 303,000 AR. You must bring your passport and a copy of your passport, visa, and ticket. Results are available in 24 hours electronically or by pickup. Their number is 020-22-401-64/65.  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/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_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?  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.
  • Are vaccines available in MADAGASCAR for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes, when supplies are available. COVISHIELD vaccines arrived in Madagascar and were distributed.  However, Madagascar is awaiting additional doses and thus vaccination clinics are not running at this time.  When supply exists, the vaccination campaign is currently open to everyone over 18 years of age. The GOM expects more shipments of vaccines, including COVISHIELD and Johnson & Johnson, to arrive in August. Information on how those vaccines will be distributed has not yet been made available.  
  • 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? Entry is limited to diplomats, technicians working in strategic sectors, and civil servants with special travel orders. 
  • 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 some regions there is a curfew from Midnight to 4 AM.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No, but COVID-19 tests are required for air travel.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes (but currently most U.S. citizens can’t enter)
  • When Nosy Be was open (currently the airport is closed), free testing was provided at the airport upon arrival. Visitors were 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 flights are operating to leave Madagascar. If you are seeking to leave, please contact Air France or Ethiopian Airlines.
  • 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/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_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:

Local Resources:

Other links: