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U.S. Embassy Madagascar & Comoros Most Recent COVID-19 Alerts.  Click HERE.

Country-Specific Information (Madagascar)
– The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to not travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
– As of July 7, 2020 Madagascar had 3,472 positive cases of COVID-19 and 33 deaths.
– On July 5, 2020, the government announced stricter lockdown measures:

  • There will be stricter sanctions for those who do not wear face coverings.
  • All gatherings are prohibited, even those of less than 50 people.
  • All religious services are suspended. All cultural and sporting events remain suspended.
  • Measures need to be respected: 1 meter distancing, hand-washing, and temperature checks at public locations.
  • All special authorizations to circulate, except for essential services, are suspended
  • All bars and restaurants are to remain closed.
  • Taxis are only allowed to transport passengers with health-related reasons to travel.
  • Only shops selling essential services and basic commodities are allowed to remain open.
  • Individual vehicles are only allowed on the road to carry out health-related errands.
  • The only entities allowed to operate, as detailed in law 91-011, are those that provide essential services, sell basic commodities, water and, energy supplies, as well as health structures, veterinary services, essential transport, post and telecommunications, media, hygiene and city sanitation, banking, minimum services of the Court, defense, finance, foreign affairs, and agriculture, fisheries and livestock, water and forests.
  • 31,185 people have done community service work for failing to wear face coverings.
  • The government is instructing people to not leave their residences if there is no critical reason to do so.
  • Because of the total lockdown, no one will be allowed in and out of Antananarivo, with a few exceptions.
  • Individual vehicles are allowed to travel until 2 p.m.; essential services offering minimum services are allowed to operate until 12 p.m.
  • Vehicles may not travel with more than 4 people (driver and 3 passengers)
  • Motorcycles are not allowed to travel with passengers.
  • Air transport is suspended with the exception of medical evacuations, repatriations outside of the country, and cargo shipments. All flights must take off or land before 10 a.m.

Prior Measures (Madagascar)
– The Government of Madagascar has announced a suspension of all international air travel starting March 20, for 30 days.  The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar will provide more information as it becomes available from the Government of Madagascar.
– On March 20, 2020 Madagascar confirmed 3 cases of COVID-19 within its borders
– Testing for COVID-19 is available in Madagascar.
– As of Feb 10, Air Madagascar flights to and from China are temporarily suspended.
– As of March 20, passengers from Europe will not be accepted to Madagascar.
– Air Madagascar has suspended its flights to and from Paris.
– The Air France flights to and from Paris have been suspended as of March 20.
– Public Health Emergency declared in Madagascar, March 20, 2020.  Click here to see the new public restrictions in place.
– President Rajoelina’s address to the Nation on March 22, 2020.  Click here to see the new public restrictions in place.
– Summary of President Rajoelina’s interview on TVM on March 23, 2020.  Click here to see the latest local news concerning COVID-19 in Madagascar.
– March 26, 2020 – Confinement measures have been put in place in order to curb the communal spread of COVID-19.  Everyone has been asked to stay inside except in emergency situations.  Only one person per family is allowed to go to the store at a time.
– March 27, 2020 – 26 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, including one contact case.
– March 28, 2020 – 11 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed (37 total).  Per the latest State of Emergency requirements, strict confinement measures are in place starting at noon today, only those with valid authorization will be allowed to move around outside.  Anyone breaking confinement will be subject to fines/arrest.
– April 3, 2020 – According to President Rajoelina, all of Madagascar is in a State of Health Emergency.  He has asked everyone to respect the stay-at-home orders.  There are currently 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Madagascar
– April 5, 2020 – President Rajoelina has extended the State of Health Emergency for another 15 days.  All school, churches, public spaces (bars, restaurants, shops, karaokes, etc.) will remain closed.  No public gatherings of more than 50 people are allowed.  The curfew (8 p.m. – 5 a.m.) remains in place. Confinement measures continue, except for emergency cases. There are currently 72 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Madagascar. Click here to read a summary of measures announced during the President’s “Address to the Nation”.
– April 10, 2020 – According to the Préfet of Antananarivo, starting today, everyone must wear a face mask (or scarf that covers one’s mouth and nose) while in the capital.  Anyone caught outside without a mask on will be detained by the police.  Strict stay-at-home orders continue to be in place.
– On June 13, the State of Health Emergency was extended until June 28
– June 15, 2020 – A curfew remains in place for Toamasina and Antananarivo region for 10 PM – 4 AM. Public Transportation must stop in Antananarivo region by 7 PM. Bars and night clubs remain closed. Public gatherings are prohibited. People must maintain one meter of physical distancing and wear face coverings in public.

Country-Specific Information (Comoros)
– March 16, 2020 – Restrictions announced by President Azali to combat the spread of COVID-19. Click here.
– March 18, 2020 – Further restrictions announced by President Azali to combat the spread of COVID-19. Click here.
– March 23, 2020 – The Union of the Comoros suspends all international commercial flights, with the exception of cargo flights, until further notice.
– The National Agency for Maritime Affairs announced that all movement of people between East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambic, etc…) and the Union of the Comoros is strictly prohibited.
– The National Agency for Civil Aviation has signed a waiver for two flights (Ethiopian Airline and Kenya Airways) to repatriate Comorians who are in Dubai, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
– On March 25, 2020, President Alazi signed a decree prohibiting Friday and collective prayers in mosques. All mosques throughout the country will remain closed until the health situation is resolved.
– April 6, 2020 – The Comorian government has established an official website addressing COVID-19 issues: www.stopcoronavirus.km
– April 30, 2020 – President Azali has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the Comoros.

U.S. citizens in Madagascar and the Comoros should:
Monitor the Embassy’s website for the most up-to-date information
Enroll in STEP at STEP.state.gov to receive the latest updates from the Embassy
Follow the advice of the CDC and local health authorities that you can find at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Check with your airlines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
Monitor the Department of State’s COVID-19 website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

Entry and Exit Requirements :
Madagascar: WHO officials shared that screening procedures at key ports of entry are in place to screen for potential 2019-nCoV cases.

Visitors who had 90-day visas which will expire during the period of flight suspension can get a free provisional certificate valid for 30 days that is renewable in the case of an extension of the flight suspension.

U.S. citizens in this category should email ANTANACS@state.gov and explain the situation, and failing that, they should contact the Central Office of Immigration and Emigration Control (COIEC).

The Department Heads of the COIEC in the major towns of the regions are empowered to issue the certificates.

Quarantine Information:
– Madagascar: For passengers arriving from or having transited through China quarantine is mandatory for a period of 14 days; Authorities have asked airlines not to bring in passengers who have been in Italy, South Korea, or Iran within the past 14 days. Should such passengers arrive, they may face a 14 day quarantine.
– Comoros:  Passengers arriving from or having transited through China or Japan face entry travel restrictions or quarantine.  Travelers from counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may be required to have spent a period a period of 14 days in quarantine in a country that is free from COVID-19.

Other Links
COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
CDC page on COVID-19 
Coronavirus Diseas 2019 on state.gov
Department of State Emergency Alert on COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control: Information for Travel