COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: January 20, 2022

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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

On December 15, Madagascar placed the regions of  Analamanga, Vakinankaratra, and Matsiatra Ambony under a high vigilance status.   Mask-wearing, physical distancing, and hand washing are mandatory.  Gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited.  All regions are open but restrictions remain.  Domestic flights are operating. Flights to/from Mauritius and Africa are suspended. Flights to/from Europe are operating. Mask wearing and physical distancing in public is mandatory.

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. There are 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca available for those who received Covidshield in the first vaccination campaign.  Anyone who needs to receive their second dose can go directly to any vaccination site in Antananarivo and Antsirabe with their vaccination card.  Vaccination sites are accepting walk-in appointments.  For sites outside Antananarivo and Antsirabe, please contact the local district’s health authorities.  For those who have not yet been vaccinated, more than 300,000 doses of the Johnson&Johnson vaccines are available, though registration is required.  Those interested can register online at www.vaksiny.gov.mg.

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 one calendar day? Yes
  • Hospital Manarapenitra Andohatapenaka and IPM Avaradoha offer PCR tests for COVID-19. For IPM Avaradoha, the cost is 313,800 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.  Institut Pasteur 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, multiple COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the Government of Madagascar.  The U.S. 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, there are 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca available for those who received Covidshield in the first vaccination campaign.  Anyone who needs to receive their second dose can go directly to any vaccination site in Antananarivo and Antsirabe with their vaccination card.  Vaccination sites are accepting walk-in appointments.  For sites outside Antananarivo and Antsirabe, please contact the local district’s health authorities.  For those who have not yet been vaccinated, more than 300,000 doses of the Johnson&Johnson vaccines are available, though registration is required.  Those interested can register online at www.vaksiny.gov.mg.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. 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.
  • Visit the CDC’s website for the latest guidance on international travel for vaccinated people: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html.

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 
  • 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.  

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.  U.S. Citizens must quarantine at an approved hotel until they have a negative test result.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Domestic flights are operating.  Regional flights from Indian Ocean locations are suspended. Flights from Europe are operating.
  • 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.  Routine appointments are suspended. To request an emergency appointment, please email AntanACS@state.gov.
  • Routine visa services are suspended.  To request an emergency appointment, 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’ borders are open.

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
  • Are vaccines available in Comoros for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Comoros? Sinopharm
  • 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? 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? 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.

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 in Antananarivo.  Routine appointments are suspended. 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.

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