Guide to participants to the 6th ANISE meeting

We are delighted to hosting you at the 6th ANISE meeting in Antananarivo.

I. At the Airport

If you don’t have a VISA, you can have one at the airport if you stay less than 3 months.

  • Visa for 0 to 30 days : 31€
  • Visa for 1 month to 2 months : 39€
  • Visa for 2 months to 3 months : 54€

Important note : You passeport must be valid 6 months after your expected date of departure.

Link to Malagasy embassy in Washington : http://www.madagascar-embassy.org/en/

We strongly recommend that you plan a pick-up with your hotel when you book a room. Drivers from hotels will wait you outside the airport with a sign.

II.       Hotels and Restaurants

The List of hotels with negotiated prices is available at the conference website (http://anise-network.org/fr/node/22). Other hotels are available, but not that shuttle from hotel to conference venue will be available only from hotels listed on the website.

Antananarivo have plenty of very good restaurant, feel free to taste as many as you can. Note that restaurant prefer cash although some of them accept credit card (with a fee)

III.     Money

The local currency in Madagascar is Ariary (Ar ou MGA). Exchange rate is available at the Central Bank of Madagascar (http://www.banque-centrale.mg/index.php?id=m5_1_1). To give you an idea, exchange rates are currently as follow: 1 euro = 3500 MGA and 1 USD = 3000 MGA.

You can change your money inside the airport and downtown (Bank, Hotels, Change office). It is not recommended to change your money with individuals in the street. There are plenty of ATM in Antananarivo that accept VISA and Mastercard. Note that few of ATM accept Mastercard.

IV.    Transport

Taxi are not at international standard, but they are everywhere and not expensive at all. Pending on distance, taxi fees are between 5 000 to 15 000 MGA (2-5 USD). From the airport to downtown, it is around 60 000 ariary (20 USD). For security reason, we strongly recommend that you take a taxi for any travel at night. Do not walk alone or in small group even for a short distance.

V.       Health

Yellow fever: vaccination is not required if you do not travel from an infected area. The certificate of vaccination should be valid for a period of ten years beginning ten days after the vaccination date, or the same day in case of revaccination during the initial ten-year period.

Cholera: vaccination is recommended for travelers of over six months of age, when coming from and infected area. The certificate must be valid for a period of six months beginning six days after the vaccination date, or the same day in case of revaccination during the initial six-month period.

Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A is usually benign. We suggest international traveler to get his vaccination for a better protection.

Rabies: Rabies is common in dogs in Madagascar. If you were bitten by an animal during your stay, please contact rabies treatment center at the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar.

Malaria: We recommend International traveler to consult his physician for proper prevention. There is a risk of Malaria all year long in the country. Nevertheless, the risk of Malaria is very low in Antananarivo downtown. In any case, we recommend that you use insect repellant after the sunset.

Plague: Some plague cases are reported every year in Madagascar from September to February. Most of these cases occur in remote areas of the Highlands.

VI.    Hygiene

We recommend that you follow basic hygiene measures (Wash your hands before eating, wash fruits and vegetables before consumption, drink water from closed bottles, eat preferably well-cooked fish, meat and vegetables).

VII.  Security

Although Antananarivo is not a dangerous city, for your safety we recommend you to:

  • Avoid walking alone or in small group in the street at night. Always take a taxi even for a short distance.
  • Close the doors and windows immediately after entering a car or a taxi night and day
  • Avoid wearing object that can attract thieves.
  • Make a copy of all your official document and store them in a safe place. Note that at night, police can control your identity any time.

VIII. Climate

Madagascar has 2 major seasons:

  • The dry season from April to October. Temperature can be cold during the night in the highlands.
  • The rainy season from November to March. Storms and heavy rains can occur during that period in Antananarivo mainly in the afternoon or during the night.

You can see other useful information for visitors at the following sites: http://www.madagascar-embassy.org/en/useful-information-for-visitors/