COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information
Last updated:  10/18/2021

Effective January 26, 2021 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 ended the State of Health Emergency.   All regions are open but restrictions remain.  Domestic flights are operating. International flights, previously authorized in and out of Nosy Be, will resume. On October 23, flights from within the Indian Ocean region will be admitted.  On November 6, flights from Europe will resume.  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 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, 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: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines.
  • 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? Starting October 23, U.S. citizens will be able to enter.
  • 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 will recommence October 23. Flights from Europe will recommence November 6.
  • 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’ borders are open.  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? 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:

Local Resources:

Other links: