Find the answers to our frequently asked questions.
What documents do I need to visit Madgascar?
You must hold a valid passport that is still valid at least 6 months from the date of return. Also, you need a visa to enter Madagascar. You can buy a visa at the airport, but you must request an "electronic permission" at least 72 hours in advance to enter and be allowed to travel. You can arrange this electronic permission via: http://www.evisamada.gov.mg/en/. The price is around €35,- for a stay up to 1 month, 1 or 2 months costs about €60,- (this can change due to exchange rate). We suggest you take the exact amount in euros (ask us for the actual prices) so that you can always pay as exact as possible.
What about vaccinations and Malaria?
There is no compulsory vaccination for Madagascar if you are from Europe/US. However, we encourage you to contact the Public Health Service to discuss the necessary measures for vaccination and malaria prophylaxis.
What type of insurance do I need?
Given the medical care in Madagascar, the traveler is obliged to have travel and accident insurance and carry these documents at all time when traveling through Madagascar, as well as the documents of health insurance. It is always useful upon booking to provide a copy of these documents to us so, in case of emergency, we can respond acutely and help as an intermediate between the insurance and the patient. Lots of insurances are not familiar with Madagascar and do not know all the options, for example to come back to the capital, whereas we do.
Can we bring our luggage in the domestic flights?
Luggage is allowed in domestic flights in Madagascar: 5kg of hand-luggage and 20kg of checked-in baggage. In case you have mora and want to leave luggage in the capital, we always have a solution in our office for that. Contact us if that is the case!
Can we pay with credit cards?
It is advisable to bring "cash" money in the form of Euros or Dollars. Credit cards are increasingly working in Madagascar, but not everywhere. A Visa card offers more possibilities than a Master Card or American Express card. On payment by credit card, a commission of 6 to 10 is % is counted. We advise you not to rely solely on paying with a credit card. The local currency is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA). Import and export of MGA is prohibited. There are ATM's, for use with creditcards, in each big city in Madagascar. You can use your Mastercard in the following cities: Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Fianarantsoa, Taolagnaro, Toliara, Nosy Be, Sainte-Marie (in town) Sambava, Antsiranana, Tamatave and Morondava.
What clothes are recommended for our trip?
The most pleasant is to wear practical and lightweight clothing. Cotton is recommended. A light raincoat may come in handy. Sports shoes with a good profile, and that are allowed to get dirty (lots of red sand here), are the easiest! Further recommended: swimsuit, daypack, pocket knife, flashlight and a good travel pharmacy. During the winter months (especially June, July and August) we recommend bringing a sweater or fleece!
What plugs are used in Madagascar?
Generally you will find 220 volts everywhere. Two-way plugs are used. But, please bring travel adapter in case there are not conventional plugs in some areas. Also, if you plan to bring more than one electronic stuff (camera, cellphone, etc.), please bring added batteries and multi-plugs electrical outlet.
Does my phone work in Madagascar?
Mobile phones work in the larger cities. And there has been a strong and rapid expansion of the network over the past two years in the entire country. But definitely not guaranteed when leaving city's. For Wi-Fi it is the same situation. In some hotels there is Wi-Fi in common areas such as restaurants or in the reception area. If you want to have internet access through your phone all the time, we can provide you (2G) internet through your phone with an extra of 20€.
What can we eat and drink in Madagascar?
The locals eat mainly rice. As a traveler however, you will find everything. The Malagasy cuisine is mainly inspired by the French and Creole kitchen. You will find: fish, zebu meat, poultry, vegetables, rice, potatoes, pasta etc. The fruit varies with the season. Pineapple, banana and papaya are available all year. Tropical fruits such as lychees, mangoes and goyaven are found from November to April. We strongly advise not to drink tap water, although in the cities it is often drinkable, but has a strong taste of chlorine. Avoid drinking drinks with ice cubes. In small grocery stores, in hotels and in restaurants a 1.5l bottle of water costs about 1 to 2€ depending on the area. There, a 1liter-bottle of soft drinks (coke, etc.) costs €1.5 to €3 depending on the area. At a local and simple restaurant lunch costs +/- €3,- and dinner 6,80 At a mmid-range restaurant lunch costs +/- €6,- and dinner €12,- At a luxurious restaurant lunch costs +/- €9,50 and dinner €17,25
Can we use our camera everywhere?
Madagascar is a paradise for those who love to photograph. The locals likes to be photographed and will appreciate it greatly if they receive a photo later. Always be polite and ask first if you can take a picture. There are a few taboos. Airports, airplanes and military bases may not be photographed and some grave tombs are also not done. Please note that it is not allowed to pay people to get photographed.
What type of hotels can we find in Madagascar?
First class or deluxe hotels of international standing are practically non-existent on Madagascar and certainly are not widely available during a trip. The travelers who have chosen the best category hotels can count on stylish, good hotels with clean and functional rooms with private facilities. Although, some travelers may choose some simple hotels, we can ensure that the latter’s rooms are clean and functional enough with private facilities as well.
Can we bring gifts for the locals?
If you want to bring something during your trip as a gift (for children for example), we advise you to bring small practical things that are expensive to the families here, such as: pens, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. If you would like to play with children, a simple balloon is always fun.
What language is spoken?
Madagascar has 18 ethnic groups who all speak their dialect, but also all understand Malagasy, the official language of the island. The second language on the island is French, which some people speak, and since 2008, the third official language is English, but very few people can speak it. It will ease your trip if you understand and speak a little French. This gives you the ability to communicate with the locals. However, we can offer you guides that speak perfect English, German or Italian.
What does the Travelife Certification mean?
Mora Travel is a Travelife certified agency. Hence, we encourage sustainable tours, excursions and behaviors (no environment threat behavior, no sexual tourism, no animal exploitation, respect of the local customs, etc.).