COVID-19 : TRAVEL ALERTS FOR MADAGASCAR

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LATEST INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Update, November 19, 20121

According to the official report from the Council of Ministers on Wednesday, 17 November 2021, Madagascar is planning to suspend commercial flights from Mauritius as of 27 November 2021 due to the rising number of new Covid-19 cases on that island. The details of this new measure will be reported shortly on this page

 

All the information travellers need can be seen here: https://madagascar-tourisme.com/en/border-reopening/

Update, Octobre  15, 2021 

Presse realese

Update, Octobre  13, 2021 

As of 6 November 2021, Madagascar’s borders will be partly reopened for flights from Europe to Antananarivo via Air Madagascar and Air France.

Charter flights from Milan/Rome to Nosy Be are also authorised.

Regional flights between Madagascar and neighbouring Indian Ocean islands – Mauritius (via Air Mauritius) and Reunion Island (via Air Austral) – are scheduled to resume as of 23 October 2021.

Private jet flights to Madagascar will have to have a special authorisation from the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister.

The health measures for international travellers arriving in Madagascar are as follows:

  • – Mandatory PCR test (25 euros) included in the air fare
  • – Quarantine for one (01) to two (02) days pending test results
  • – If the test is negative, the traveller is free to move around. In the event of a positive result, they will be quarantined for another 14 days.
  • – Flights entering Madagascar will be limited to a rate of one (01) flight every 5 hours as recommended by the ICAO.

Source: The Office of the President of the Republic of Madagascar dated 13 October 2021.

 

Update, September  3, 2021 

The state of health emergency has been lifted throughout the country. However, mask-wearing is still recommended and protective measures should be complied with (social distancing and frequent hand-washing).

Source : Press release from the Office of the President of the Republic of Madagascar dated 3 September 2021

 

Update, August 9, 2021 

On Sunday 8 August 2021, the President of the Republic of Madagascar announced the following measures pursuant to the state of health emergency :

  • – The borders are still closed to travellers from overseas. Nevertheless four (04) repatriation flights to Madagascar will be organised for Malagasy nationals on 22 and 28 August and 12 and 19 September. These flights are reserved exclusively for Malagasy passport holders. Strict lockdown measures will also be applied to passengers on these repatriation flights They will not be able to leave the country until the borders are open again.
  • – Domestic flights operated by Tsaradia are still authorised.
  • – The state of health emergency throughout the country has been extended for 15 days as of Monday 9 August 2021
  • – The curfew is lifted
  • – Masks must still be worn and protective measures observed throughout the country
  • – Discos are still closed
  • – Indoor gatherings of over 400 people are prohibited
  • – Outdoor events are allowed without restriction, but strict compliance with relevant health measures is required

 

Update, July 12, 2021

On Sunday, 11 July 2021, the Prime Minister announced that the following health measures are still in force :

  • – The borders are closed to passengers from overseas
  • – Domestic flights run by Tsaradia are still authorised
  • – The state of health emergency is extended for 15 days throughout the country as of Monday, 12 July 2021
  • – Masks must still be worn and preventive measures complied with throughout the country
  • – Meetings of over 400 people are banned in Antananarivo City, Antananarivo Atsimondrano, Antananarivo Avaradrano, Ambohidratrimo, Fianarantsoa I and Antsirabe
  • – Discos in the districts listed above are still closed
  • – The curfew runs from midnight to 4 a.m. in those districts
  • – In all other districts, outdoor events are allowed without restriction, but the relevant health measures must be strictly observed.

 

Update, 28 June, 2021

Measures relaxed:

  • Gatherings of over 400 people (previously200 people) are prohibited in the followingdistricts: Antananarivo City, Antananarivo Avaradrano, Antananarivo Antsimondrano, Ambohidratrimo, Ambatondrazaka and Fianarantsoa 1.
  • The curfewis in force from midnight to 4:00 a.m. (previously11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.) in the same districts
  • For all other districts, outdoor events are allowed, without restriction but in strict compliance with the relevant health measures.

Unchanged measures:

  • Borders are still closed to passengers from overseas
  • Domestic flights operated by Tsaradia are still authorized
  • The state of health emergency has been extended through out the country for 15 days as of Monday 28 June 2021. In histelevised talk on Sunday 27 June 2021, the Prime Minister announced that the health measures were being relaxed accordingly.

Update, June 14, 2021

The health emergency has been extended for 15 days throughout the country as of Monday, 14 June 2021. In a speech on Sunday 13 June 2021, the President of the Republic of Madagascar announced that some health measures were being relaxed :

Relaxed measures :

  • Borders are still closed to passengers from overseas, but a permit may be issued to people travelling to Madagascar for a family funeral, if necessary.
  • Gatherings of up to 200 people are allowed depending on the capacity of the venue (instead of 100 people).
  • Party venues and concert halls, as well as bars and karaoke bars, are allowed to open again but must comply with preventive measures.

 

Update, May 31, 2021

On Sunday, 30 May 2021, the President of the Republic of Madagascar announced that health restrictions will be eased throughout the country. The following measures will be applied to this end :

New measures 

Transport :

  • – Tsaradia will resume its domestic flights as of Friday, 4 June 2021
  • – Road transport : national and regional buses will run again as of Friday, 4 June 2021 in compliance with the health measures in force

Regions reopen and lockdown is lifted :

  • – The Analamanga, Vakinakaratra, Anosy and Matsiatra Ambony regions will be open again as of Friday, 4 June 2021
  • – Full weekend lockdown has been lifted for the Analamanga region
  • – The curfew runs from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. (instead of 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.)

Vaccination :

  • – The vaccination campaign is ongoing throughout the country.
  • – The towns of Nosy Be and Sainte Marie will be especially prioritised to prepare for tourism restarting. Tourism workers in both these towns will be the first to be vaccinated

 

Unchanged measures 

  • – The state of health emergency is renewed throughout Madagascar for 15 days as of Monday, 31 May 2021.
  • – Madagascar’s borders are still closed to passengers from overseas. However, officials on government business, diplomats, experts in strategic industries working with the Malagasy government, and athletes who represent Madagascar in international competitions may enter and leave the country in strict compliance with the existing health protocol
  • – Restaurants are allowed to open but may take only half of their capacity
  • – Bars, discos, nightclubs and karaoke bars are still closed

 

Update, May 17, 2021

The state of health emergency is extended for 15 days throughout Madagascar as of Monday, 17 May 2021. In a televised speech on Sunday, 16 May 16,2021, the Prime Minister announced that the following measures are applied pursuant to the state of health emergency.

New measures:

  • – Madagascar’s borders are still closed to travelers from abroad. Nevertheless, officials on government business, diplomats, experts from strategic industries working with the Malagasy government, athletes representing Madagascar in international competitions may enter and leave the country in strict compliance with the existing health protocol
  • – The Sofia, Diana and Atsinanana regions are open again
  • – Gatherings of over 100 people are prohibited (as opposed to 50 people previously)
  • – The curfew in quarantined areas is in force from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (instead of 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.)

Unchanged measures:

  • – All domestic flights operated throughout the country by Tsaradia are suspended
  • – The Analamanga, Vakinankaratra, Haute Matsiatra and Anosy regions are still in quarantine
  • – Roads to and from quarantined areas are closed except for goods traffic
  • – Restaurants are allowed to open but can take only half of their capacity
  • – Bars, discos, nightclubs and karaoke bars in quarantined regions are closed

 

Update, May 3, 2021

The state of health emergency is extended for 15 days from Monday 3 May 2021 throughout the country. In his speech on Sunday, 2 May 2021, the President of the Republic of Madagascar announced that the following measures would be applied pursuant to the state of health emergency.

New measures :

  • – All domestic flights operated by Tsaradia throughout the country are suspended as of Wednesday 5 May 2021
  • – The Vakinakaratra, Haute Matsiatra and Anôsy regions are in quarantine as of Wednesday 5 May 2021
  • – The borders of the Boeny and Nosy Be regions are open again to the rest of the country
  • – The first doses of vaccines under the Covax initiative will arrive on 7 May 2021

Unchanged measures :

  • – Madagascar’s borders are closed to all passengers from overseas. However, repatriation is authorized for foreign nationals who wish to return to their country of origin
  • – The Analamanga, Atsinanana, Sava and Sofia regions are still in quarantine
  • – The Analamanga region is still under total lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays
  • – Roads to and from quarantined areas are closed, except for goods traffic
  • – Restaurants are allowed to open but may accommodate only half of their capacity
  • – Bars, discos, night clubs and karaoke bars in quarantined regions are closed
  • – Gatherings of over 50 people are prohibited
  • – The curfew is still in force from9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. in quarantined areas

 

Update, April 22, 2021

The Malagasy authorities announce that Madagascar is closing its borders to all passengers from overseas. However, repatriation flights from Madagascar are authorized for foreign nationals who wish to return to their country of origin.

Source : Council of Ministers on 21 April 2021

 

Update, April 19, 2021

In a speech on Sunday, 18 April 2021, the President of the Republic of Madagascar announced that the state of health emergency was extended for 15 days throughout the country as of Monday, 19 April 2021. The measures taken by the Malagasy authorities may be summed up as follows :

New measures :

  • – The Sofia region is quarantined
  • – The Analamanga region is in total lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays
  • – Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned

Unchanged measures :

  • – Overseas flights to and from Nosy Be and Antananarivo are still suspended
  • – Domestic flights via Tsaradia are authorized to non-closed areas. However, passengers leaving Antananarivo must take an antigen test 3 hours before boarding their flight
  • – The borders of Analamanga, Boeny, Atsinanana, Sava and Nosy Be regions are still closed.
  • – All land acces to quarantined areas is closed, except for transporting goods
  • – Restaurants are allowed to open but can take only half of their capacity
  • – Bars, discos, nightclubs and karaoke bars are closed in quarantined regions
  • – The curfew remains in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Update, April 9, 2021

In a press release on 8th April 2021, the Madagascar Civil Aviation authority announces, with regard to domestic  flights, that passengers leaving from and arriving in Antananarivo must take a rapid antigen detection test carried out by the health authorities at Ivato airport. Testing must be done 3 hours before the flight leaves and the result comes out 15 minutes after the test is taken.

 

Update, April 9, 2021

Details from the Madagascar Civil Aviation authority with regard to flights :

Private flights

All private flights overseas are still suspended.

Tourist flights

Commercial tourist flights to Nosy-Be also remain suspended.

Domestic flights

All domestic flights from/to the Atsinanana, SAVA, Boeny regions, and the town of Nosy-Be are suspended. In addition, passengers leaving Antananarivo must have a PCR test done 72 hours at the latest before boarding. Nosy-Be and Majunga airports are closed until further notice.

Repatriation flights

Repatriation flights are subject to prior authorisation from the competent authorities.

Overseas flights

All flights must enter and leave the country at Ivato International Airport

 

Source : ACM press release dated 6th April 2021

 

Update, April 6, 2021

The Malagasy government has declared a renewed state of health emergency throughout the country. In a speech on 3rd April 2021, the President of the Republic of Madagascar announced that the following health measures would come into force for 15 days as of 4th April 2021.

1) Overseas flights

Overseas flights to and from Nosy Be and Antananarivo remain suspended

2) Domestic flights

  • – Passengers on Tsaradia domestic flights leaving from Antananarivo must produce a negative PCR test result carried out 72 hours before boarding
  • – Passengers leaving from Morondava, Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin), Antsiranana, (Diego Suarez) Tulear, Maroantsetra and Sainte-Marie must sign a letter of commitment specifying that they will take their PCR test on arriving in Antananarivo and self-isolate for 24 to 48 hours depending on when the result is available.

3) For Analamanga, Atsinanana, Sava, Boeny and Nosy Be regions

  • – All roads to these 5 regions are closed, except for goods transport.
  • – Local public transport vehicles continue to operate as usual and must be disinfected on a regular basis
  • – Curfews in force from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • – Restaurants and party venues are allowed to open but must accommodate only half of their capacity.
  • – Bars, discos, night-clubs and karaoke bars in these areas are closed

4) For the whole country

  • – Failure to comply with preventive and health measures is sanctioned by penalties such as general interest work (painting schools, cleaning and painting hospitals or other work deemed useful by local authorities)
  • – Gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited.
  • – Sports meetings are authorized but only in the open air and closed to the public.

 

Update, March 23, 2021

Subsequent to closed border restrictions, the Tsaradia airline is organising repatriation flights with prior authorization from ACM and the Ministry of Transport, Tourism and Meteorology.

The flights will be on Thursday, 25 March 2021, and Saturday, 27 March 2021, for passengers from Antananarivo – Nosy Be – Antananarivo to connect with Ethiopian Airlines flights on the same day. And on Monday, 29 March 2021 (subject to change) for Ethiopian Airlines passengers on 27 March connecting with Nosy Be – Antananarivo.

Here is the flight schedule :

Leaving Antananarivo at 10:25 am and arriving in Nosy Be at 12:00 noon.

Leaving Nosy Be at 12:35 pm and arriving in Antananarivo at 2:10 pm.

On the day of the flight, passengers are requested to bring a negative PCR test result carried out less than 72 hours before the flight and their Ethiopian Airlines ticket, to produce at check-in.

Passengers are asked to contact Ethiopian Airlines for further details.

Tsaradia company thanks its customers for their understanding, and is doing all it can to support them in this very unusual situation.

Source : Tsaradia press release dated 22 March 2021.

 

Update, March 22, 2021

Following the speech made by the President of the Republc of Madagascar on 20 March 2021, Nosy Be is again closed to domestic and overseas flights for a period of 15 days as of 27 March 2021.

 

Update, 16January, 2021

The Madagascar Civil Aviation authority (Aviation Civile de Madagascar – ACM) extends the list of countries from which passengers are not allowed to embark to Madagascar to 44 countries.

AFRICA :

  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Tunisia
  • Zimbabwe

NORTH AMERICA :

  • Canada
  • United States

LATIN AMERICA :

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Uruguay

ASIA :

  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines

EUROPE :

  • Germany
  • Andorra
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • United Kingdom
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine

OCEANIA :

  • Australia

Source: Note from the Ministry of Public Health

Update, 30 November, 2020

NOTICE OF SPECIAL FLIGHTS FOR DECEMBER 2020 – JANUARY 2021

After government authorities decided to allow travel for pressing reasons at this time of year (family reunification, professional commitments), special flights will be organised in accordance with the local and international restrictions imposed to manage the Covid-19 health crisis.

Pursuant thereto, AIR MADAGASCAR has been asked to operate such special return flights from EUROPE to ANTANANARIVO, in collaboration with other airlines.

SCHEDULED FLIGHT DATES

PARIS – ANTANANARIVO 12 DECEMBER 2020
ANTANANARIVO – PARIS (VIA ADDIS ABABA) 16 DECEMBER 2020
PARIS – ANTANANARIVO 19 DECEMBER 2020
ANTANANARIVO – PARIS (VIA ADDIS ABABA) 21 DECEMBER 2020
PARIS – ANTANANARIVO 22 DECEMBER 2020
ANTANANARIVO – PARIS (VIA ADDIS ABABA) 05 JANUARY 2021
PARIS – ANTANANARIVO 09 JANUARY 2021
ANTANANARIVO – PARIS (VIA ADDIS ABABA) 12 JANUARY 2021
PARIS – ANTANANARIVO 16 JANUARY 2021
ANTANANARIVO – PARIS (VIA ADDIS ABABA) 19 JANUARY 2021
ADDIS ABABA – ANTANANARIVO 19 JANUARY 2021

 

These flight dates may change as health crisis management develops in each destination country.

SPECIAL FLIGHTS FOR DECEMBER 2020 – JANUARY 2021

  • A negative PCR test for Covid -19 carried out within 72 hours prior to the flight is required before boarding and on deplaning in the destination country.
  • On arriving in Madagascar, an extra PCR test will be carried out at the airport and passengers are required to remain under strict lockdown in a hotel until they receive the test result (which may take up to 4 days)

Source : Official notice from Air Madagascar dated 30 November 2020

Update, 23 October 2020

Countries affected by a travel ban to Madagascar (updated)

In accordance with the announcement made by the President of the Republic on 18 October 2020, here is a list of the countries from which travellers to Madagascar are banned at the date hereof.

  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Spain
  • France
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • India
  • Brazil
  • Morocco
  • Argentina
  • Iran

This note only applies to tourist flights. Countries, territories or regions not mentioned in this list are not affected by this restriction.

Source : Madagascar Civil Aviation authority (Aviation Civile de Madagascar – ACM) circular dated 23 October 2020

Update, 22 October, 2020

Countries affected by a travel ban to Madagascar

In accordance with the announcement made by the President of the Republic on 18 October 2020, here is a list of the countries from which travellers to Madagascar are banned at the date hereof.

  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Spain
  • France
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • United Kingdom
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Source : Madagascar Civil Aviation authority (Aviation Civile de Madagascar – ACM) circular dated 22 October 2020

Update, 19 October, 2020

  • The state of emergency is lifted throughout the country as of 19 October 2020
  • Airports opening for international flights, initially scheduled for 29 October, have been postponed in Tulear, Fort Dauphin, Tamatave and Diego.
  • The island of Nosy Be is still open for international flights, but with some restrictions (a list of countries involved is to be circulated subsequently by the Ministry of Public Health)

Update October 5, 2020

New easing measures starting Monday, 5 October :

  • The curfew has been lifted throughout the country.
  • All regional and national transportation as well as domestic flights are now free to operate. PCR tests must be carried out 48 hours before each flight.
  • Mask wearing and compliance with health measures are still mandatory.
  • Gatherings of more than 200 people are still banned.

Update, 22 September, 2020

In addition to Nosy Be airport being open for overseas flights as of 1 October 2020, airports in the Antsiranana, Toamasina, Taolagnaro, and Toliara regions will also be open for flights to and from the Indian Ocean region from 29 October.

Update, September 6, 2020
 

Number of confirmed cases for the whole territory of Madagascar since March 20, 2020: 15,319

Deaths: 200

Healed: 14,139

In treatment: 980

 TOWARDS TOTAL UNLOCKING WITH SEVERAL ALLEVIATION MEASURES:

  • Tourist sites, museums and exhibition halls can reopen and welcome up to 100 people at a time;
  • Restaurants – Bar – Karaoke are allowed to open until 10 p.m. and can accommodate up to 100 customers at a time. Cinemas are also allowed to reopen while respecting the social distance measures of 1 meter, and without exceeding 100 people;
  • Nightclubs still remain closed;
  • Domestic flights operated by the airline company Tsaradia have resumed since September 1;
  • Curfew maintained from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.; 

 

Update, July 6, 2020

Number of confirmed cases for the whole territory of Madagascar since March 20, 2020 : 3,250

Deaths: 33

Healed: 1,135

In treatment: 2,082

FOR THE ANALAMANGA REGION, NEW LOCKDOWN MEASURES ARE PUT IN PLACE FOR A PERIOD OF 15 DAYS FROM MONDAY, JULY 6:

  • All access to the region is closed, and health barriers are reinforced;
  • All schools are closed;
  • Disinfection operations will be scheduled for all marketplaces;
  • Gatherings and events are forbidden;
  • Curfew is set between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m;
  • All persons wishing to purchase basic necessities are allowed to do so between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.,
  • Businesses providing essential services, including public health and suppliers of basic necessities are allowed to pursue activities between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Vehicles and persons providing minimum service within their companies are allowed to circulate between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Vehicles transporting goods are allowed to circulate;
  • Taxis driving patients to hospitals or pharmacies are allowed to circulate.

 

Update, July 3, 2020



Due to the latest developments in the health crisis caused by Covid-19, the suspension of all international AIR MADAGASCAR flights (regional and long-haul) is extended until and including July 31, 2020.



This period may be extended depending on the evolution of the health situation, the instructions given by the Malagasy government and the measures taken by the governments of the countries served by the airline.



Details of the flights concerned :

  • ANTANANARIVO – LA REUNION – ANTANANARIVO
  • ANTANANARIVO – DZAOUDZI – MORONI – ANTANANARIVO
  • TOAMASINA – LA REUNION – TOAMASINA
  • SAINTE-MARIE – LA REUNION – SAINTE-MARIE
  • TOLIARA – TAOLAGNARO – LA REUNION – TAOLAGNARO – TOLIARA
  • ANTANANARIVO – PARIS – ANTANANARIVO
  • ANTANANARIVO – MARSEILLE – ANTANANARIVO
  • ANTANANARIVO – GUANGZHOU – ANTANANARIVO



    SUSPENDED UNTIL AND INCLUDING AUGUST 30, 2020 :

 

  • ANTANANARIVO – MAURITIUS – ANTANANARIVO



    NB: Repatriation or cargo flights are not concerned.

    Source: Air Madagascar press release (01/07/2020)

 

Update, June 15, 2020

  • Number of confirmed cases: 1291
  • Deaths: 10
  • Healed: 384
  • In treatment: 897

GENERAL AND ALMOST-TOTAL UNLOCKING

All districts and regions are to resume all activities, except for 5 areas, namely: the districts of Toamasina I and II, Fénérive-Est,  Moramanga, and the Analamanga region.

ANALAMANGA REGION

All economic activities are allowed until 5 p.m., except for vulnerable people (people with diabetes, hypertension, asthma, kidney disease);

Public transport may operate until 7 p.m.;

Curfew is maintained from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

DISTRICTS OF TOAMASINA I AND II, FENERIVE EST, AND MORAMANGA

All economic activities are allowed until 3 p.m., except for vulnerable people (people with diabetes, hypertension, asthma, kidney disease);

Curfew is maintained from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

ECONOMY

New measures on industrialization, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the building and public works sector:

  • Industrialization:
    • Construction of new plants by 2023 to meet the needs of the population
    • Reduction in customs duty and VAT
  • For SMEs: Provision of a total of USD 40 million credit in the form of a low-interest bank loan;
  • Implementation of a Marshall Plan worth 1,043 billion Ariary for the construction of 8 regional university campuses, 174 offices (municipalities, districts, regions), 33 hospital facilities, 33 housing units for medical staff, 874 housing units and 13 social centers, 1,100 new classrooms, 44 residential buildings and ministerial offices, 1,250 km of roads (tar, paved, terraced and bridges) to benefit all regions.

STATE OF HEALTH EMERGENCY

The state of health emergency is extended for 15 days from June 13, 2020.

All over the Malagasy territory:

  • All gatherings of more than 50 people remain forbidden;
  • Venues for shows, cultural and sports events also remain closed;
  • National and regional transport remains suspended.

 

Update, June 8, 2020

1,095 confirmed cases with:

  • 832 in treatment
  • 254 healed
  • 9 deaths

GRADUAL UNLOCKING

The lockdown measures put in place by Madagascar’s authorities in 4 regions (out of a total of 22 regions in the country) have been eased in 2 regions since the 1st of June:

  • For the Analamanga region (including the capital Antananarivo):

   –  Extension of working hours until 3 p.m. (instead of 1 p.m.previously)

   –  Public transport will be running until 5 p.m. (instead of 3 p.m.)

  • For the Haute Matsiatra region (including the town of Fianarantsoa): total unlocking, except for gatherings of more than 50 people

LOCKDOWN MAINTAINED

All lockdown measures are maintained for the Alaotra Mangoro region (including Moramanga, Andasibe).

The Atsinanana region (including the town of Toamasina) – which has become the main center of the epidemic since May – has been shut down from the other regions with no people traveling, since Monday, June 1. All schools in the region are also closed until further notice.

TRADITIONAL REMEDY -COVID-ORGANICS (CVO)

The supply of personal protective equipment as well as the distribution of CVO (a traditional remedy in the form of an improved herbal tea) in the most vulnerable regions and districts is being strengthened.

STATE OF HEALTH EMERGENCY

The state of health emergency is extended for another 15 days as of May 30, 2020 throughout the country.

  • All measures relating to the health emergency are maintained:
  • Curfew between 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.
  • Nightclubs, other party venues as well as cultural and sports venues remain closed.
  • Leaving a region without a special authorization from the authorities is prohibited
  • Ban on gatherings of more than 50 people.

 

Update, June 4, 2020

Due to the latest developments in the health crisis caused by Covid-19, the suspension of all international AIR MADAGASCAR flights (regional and long-haul) is extended until and including June 30, 2020.

This period may be extended depending on the evolution of the health situation, the instructions given by the Malagasy government and the measures taken by the governments of the countries served by the airline.

Details of the flights concerned:

  • ANTANANARIVO – MAURITIUS – ANTANANARIVO
  • ANTANANARIVO – MORONI – ANTANANARIVO
  • ANTANANARIVO – LA REUNION – ANTANANARIVO
  • ANTANANARIVO – DZAOUDZI – ANTANANARIVO
  • TOAMASINA – LA REUNION – TOAMASINA
  • SAINTE-MARIE – LA REUNION – SAINTE-MARIE
  • TOLIARA – TAOLAGNARO – LA REUNION – TAOLAGNARO – TOLIARA
  • ANTANANARIVO – PARIS – ANTANANARIVO
  • ANTANANARIVO – GUANGZHOU – ANTANANARIVO

NB: Repatriation or cargo flights are not concerned.

Source: Air Madagascar press release (06/04/2020)

 

Update, April 21, 2020

121 confirmed cases including:

  • 77 in treatment
  • 44 cured

Positive screening test rate: 5%.

Official launch of the remedy: COVID-ORGANICS

The Malagasy State officially launched the distribution of “CVO” or “Covid-Organics”, an improved traditional remedy, based on a medicinal plant called artemisia which has curative and preventive virtues to fight coronavirus symptoms. The production of this remedy is entrusted to the Malagasy Institute for Applied Research (IMRA).

New provisions on the state of emergency and lockdown applied from Monday, April 20:

1) Progressive lockdown exit: movements

  • The curfew is maintained throughout the country. It is now from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., instead of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • From Monday, April 20, people going out of their homes will be required to wear masks. A free distribution is planned from April 20 to 26th, in the towns that have registered contact cases (Antananarivo, Toamasina and Fianarantsoa).
  • Starting from Monday, April 27, anyone not wearing a mask will be required to perform community service (cleaning of gardens, schools or streets). 
  • The gathering of more than 50 people remains prohibited (cultural and sports events…).
  • Those residing in Antananarivo, Fianarantsoa and Toamasina are not allowed to leave their area of residence.

2) Progressive resumption of work: Civil servants, private sector, liberal professions, and restaurants

  1. resumption will be limited to a half day of work, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  2. As for civil servants, the minimum service already established will be maintained. The organization will depend on each Minister and Ministry. 
  3. Actors in the Private sector are invited to organize themselves according to their fields of activity.
  4. Liberal professions will gradually resume starting from Wednesday, April 22. This resumption will be accompanied by health measures:

         –       A maximum of 5 people is allowed in shared spaces.

         –       A minimum distance of 1 meter must be kept.

         –       Masks must be worn.

         –       Hygiene measures must be adopted.

         –       All activities must end at 1 p.m. 

  • Restaurants are allowed to receive clients on site until 1:00 p.m. Beyond that time, activities will continue exclusively through a home delivery system.

3) Public transportation

  • Taxis are allowed to transport a maximum of 3 passengers (1 in the front and 2 in the back).
  • Buses (taxi be) will be allowed to circulate but without the folding seats at aisle level. Transporting standing passengers is strictly forbidden. Moreover, the maximum number of passengers will be limited to 18 per bus. Failure to comply with these measures is liable to impoundment.
  • Masks must be worn by passengers and drivers.
  • Taxi brousse departing from Antananarivo, Fianarantsoa and Toamasina are not yet allowed to circulate.
  • All public transport vehicles will be compulsorily disinfected. 

4) Education sector

As for the education sector, the gradual resumption is scheduled as follows: Wednesday, April 22, for students in the 12th and 9th grades and Monday, April 27 for students in the 5th grade. This will also follow a few conditions: 

  • Masks will be distributed to all students.
  • The Covid-Organics will also be distributed for free to the students in order to protect them against the Covid-19.
  • In the classrooms, each student will use an individual bench and health measures must be respected.

 

Update, April 6, 2020

82 confirmed cases including:

  • 0 deaths
  • 2 cured
  • 54 imported cases and 28 contact cases

Of the remaining 80 patients:

  • 63 are asymptomatic
  • 17 are symptomatic

The State has decreed the continuity of the state of emergency for 15 days.

For the regions of Analamanga (Antananarivo), Antsinanana (Toamasina) and Haute Matsiatra (Fianarantsoa), the lockdown is extended until April 19.

Additional measures are also being adopted:

  • The wearing of face masks on the streets as well as in workplaces.
  • The setting up of hand-washing stations, disinfection of all parking lots and vehicles and the provision of hand sanitizers for vehicles.

Exceptional measures are also being put in place to allow persons confined in one of the three regions concerned to return to their regions of origin. Travels by taxi brousse are therefore exceptionally authorized from April 7 to 9, between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m

During the same period, the State authorizes the resumption of regional flights between Antananarivo and the regions where no contact cases have been identified so far, i.e. flights linking Antananarivo to Mahajanga, Toliara, Taolagnaro, Nosy Be, Morondava and Antsiranana.

All these trips are subject to strict sanitary measures.

All the measures relating to the state of emergency remain in force until April 19 throughout the territory of Madagascar:

  • The curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • The closure of all schools and universities
  • The closure of churches
  • The closure of nightclubs and other party venues as well as cultural and sporting venues.
  • A ban on any gathering of more than 50 people.
  • A ban on movement except for vehicles transporting goods and persons with special authorizations from the competent authorities.

Community committees called “Loharano” will be set up to ensure the proper conduct, control and observation of the distribution of goods and equipment donated by the State for residents in each fokontany (neighbourhood).

 

Update, March 31, 2020

50 confirmed cases with:

  • 48 imported cases and 2 contact cases.
  • 39 asymptomatic and 11 symptomatic
  • 0 deaths

The State is implementing a programme of rapid diagnostic testing, which will take place from March 31to April 2, for the 5,000 or so passengers who travelled from abroad on flights from March 11 to March 19, 2020.

On the media and social networks, the awareness-raising on confinement is supported by the mobilization of a dozen local celebrities as well as the BAREA champions- the national football team, who succeeded in uniting the Malagasy people through their first qualification for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in 2019.

 

Update, March 27, 2020

Establishment of a COVID-19 operational command center.

26 confirmed cases, including 4 symptomatic patients

General measures:

  • Curfew between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • Confinement for 15 days from Monday, March 23, except for shops and suppliers of basic necessities, banks, drugstores, and persons with special permissions to move around.

Closing of exits and installation of sanitary barriers in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

Suspension of all flights to and from Antananarivo and Toamasina (main port of the Island).

Permanent mobilization of the National Television for awareness raising and transmission of information in real time.

Tax measures for businesses:

  • Deferral and/or suspension of tax declarations and payments
  • Suspension of tax audits until May 31

Support for needy and homeless families:

  • Provision of basic necessities at reduced prices,
  • Accommodation provided by the urban commune of Antananarivo, and distribution of basic necessities for the homeless.

 

Update, March 17, 2020

All international flights without exception will be suspended for 30 days starting from Friday, 20 March 2020.

Source : Statement from the President of the Republic on 17/03/2020

 

Update, March 16, 2020

The Malagasy authorities have decided, as a preventive and protective measure, that all passengers from Europe arriving in Madagascar before Thursday, 19 March will be subject to new strict health control measures followed by systematic quarantine.

During this period, the Malagasy authorities are providing two 14-day quarantine options, i.e. :

  • Self-isolation (at the passenger’s home or temporary accommodation) with regular checks to monitor the passenger’s state of health.
    OR
  • Health authority quarantine at the Malagasy authorities’ expense.
    All passengers who wish to stay in Madagascar are asked to submit to these measures by signing a solemn undertaking on arrival.

Source: President’s Office of the Republic of Madagascar (16/03/2020)

Update, March 15, 2020

Subsequent to instructions from the President of the Republic of Madagascar dated 14 March 2020, the Madagascar Civil Aviation authorities (ACM) confirm that :

  • Flights to and from Madagascar and Europe, Reunion and Mayotte will be suspended as of Thursday, 19 March 2020
  • Madagascar residents who have stayed in the aforesaid countries may therefore return to the country by Thursday, 19 March 2020
  • Until further notice, airlines serving Madagascar may not take passengers from Europe, Reunion and Mayotte, or who have been in/passed through those areas in the 14 days prior to boarding. Otherwise, the airline involved will have to bear the full cost of their mandatory quarantine.

These measures will be enforced until 18 April 2020 and may be extended as the situation develops.

Source: Circular from the Aviation Civile de Madagascar (15/03/2020)

 

Update, March 14, 2020

To date, no cases of Coronavirus have been detected in Madagascar.

The authorities of Madagascar have taken a series of preventive measures to minimize the introduction and possible circulation of COVID-19 on its territory.

These measures include the suspension of all flights from Europe, namely Italy, France, Germany and Spain, for a period of 30 days.

In addition, flights from La Reunion and Mayotte will be temporarily suspended.

However, those who wish to return to the country can do so until Thursday, March 19, 2020.
Moreover, it has been decided that the International Airport of Ivato will be the only connecting airport for the other countries which are not concerned. And all airports in the provinces will no longer accommodate flights starting from Sunday, March 15, 2020.

During the same period, cruise ships will no longer be able to dock in Malagasy coasts.

Source: Presidency of the Republic

 

Update, March 12, 2020

Systematic disinfection measures are undertaken for all passengers arriving in Madagascar.

Source : Council of Ministers on 11/3/2020

 
Update, March 6, 2020

No case of coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in Madagascar.

The authorities of Madagascar have taken a series of preventive measures to minimize the import and possible circulation of COVID-19 on its territory (Joint statement from the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Transport, Tourism and Meteorology on 02/03/2020).
 
Since the beginning of the worldwide spread of the outbreak, passengers at borders undergo temperature and symptom checks and the quarantine system has been put in place.
 
Airline companies are subject to a temporary restriction on the transport of passengers from China (Note from the Madagascar Civil Aviation Authority on February 4, 2020), and from countries listed by the World Health Organization as affected by the outbreak such as Italy, Iran, South Korea (Statement from the Ministry of Public Health on February 27, 2020).
 
The clearance of foreign boats is subject to prior control on board by medical doctors (Note from the Port, Maritime and River Authority on February 4, 2020).
 
International tourists can contact the National Tourism Board of Madagascar by email (*) for any information requests.
 
 

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