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COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   02/01/2021

*** 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

Country-Specific Information
Madagascar ended its State of Health Emergency on October 18.  The number of daily new  COVID-19 cases has seen an uptick in recent weeks.  Travel within Madagascar is allowed.  International flights to Nosy Be are allowed but other airports remain closed to international passengers.  However, travel from countries experiencing high numbers of COVID cases, including the U.S., is currently suspended.  There is no longer a curfew in place.  Gatherings of more than 200 people remain prohibited.  Mask wearing in public is mandatory.  Schools are open.

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 ManarapenitraAndenatepenaka offer PCR tests for COVID-19. InstitutPasteur offers serological tests for COVID-19.
• 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

Covid-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry

Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers two years of age and over entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three (3) calendar days of departure , or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.

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•  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.

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
• 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? No
• Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No, with the exception of travel from Nosy Be to the mainland.

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? Domestically and to Nosy Be.
• 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:

• American Citizen Services are being offered. To schedule an appointment please click here: https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=ANT&appcode=1. To request an emergency appointment, please email AntanACS@state.gov.
• Some Visa services are being offered. To apply for a visa, please follow the instructions here:  https://mg.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-tourism-visit/how-to-apply-2/ . To request consideration for an emergency service, please email AntanACS@state.gov.

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 is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. All three islands are experiencing increased cases. 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

Covid-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry

Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers two years of age and over entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three (3) calendar days of departure , or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.

travel.state.gov

•  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?  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.

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, from midnight until 5 AM
• Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, travel between islands is restricted.

Country-Specific Information:

• Is a curfew in place? Yes, from midnight until 5 AM
• Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Air and sea travel to Moheli is suspended. Additionallythe town of Djwayez is in confinement.

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:

• American Citizen Services are being offered in Antananarivo. To schedule an appointment please click here: https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=ANT&appcode=1. To request an emergency appointment, please email AntanACS@state.gov.
• Emergency visa services are being offered in Antananarivo. To request consideration for an emergency service, please email AntanACS@state.gov.

Local Resources:

Other links:

• COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
CDC page on COVID-19