Travel Information

Norwegian citizens travelling to Madagascar

Citizens of Svalbard that are travelling to Madagascar need a stamped visa in their passport prior to arriving.

What to expect in Madagascar

safe neighbourhoods
inexpensive cost of living
⚡ Above average wifi
mild weather
🏖️ beaches

Common Tourist Questions

🥘 Do I need to tip?

No, you are not expected to tip at restaurants and other service businesses.

💰 Should I carry cash?

No, you don't have to carry cash with you. Credit cards are generally accepted. This may not be the case in smaller cities so you should double-check when you land.

☎️ Where do I get a SIM card from?

Some popular telecom companies are



💦 Can I drink tap water?

No, you cannot drink tap water. Bottled water is recommended.

🚕What do I use to get around?

We currently don't have information on ride-sharing services. Local taxis may be the best option. Check with local authorities upon landing.

Exchange Rates

The primary currency is MGA.

1 NOK = 406.197675 MGA

To put that in perspective, the average dinner will cost you roughly $2.99 USD.

Visa Status

A Visa needs to be provided by the country prior to travelling.

Notes and Passport Validity

There are no special notes about passport validity at this time. In general, it is good to ensure that your passport is valid 3 months after your trip ends.

Safety and Security

Do not travel.

If you choose to travel to Madagascar despite our advice, note that the Government of Madagascar has implemented further entry restrictions at airport and seaports in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to existing entry restrictions (see Travel), effective from 20 March Madagascar will suspend all international flights for a period of 30 days. Madagascar also suspended all cruise ships from entering any port in Madagascar for a period of 30 days from 15 March. We now advise you to: Do not travel to Madagascar.


These values are calculated by computing the average scores that we have available to us across all cities in Madagascar. In some cases, they may not be completely accurate.

Internet Speed (3.28 / 5)
Safety (4.50 / 5)
Cost of Living (5.00 / 5)
Average Hotel Cost

$33.00 USD / night

Average Dinners

$2.99 USD

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