Travel Warning – Madagascar

Published by May 26, 2009

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington, DC 20520

March 17, 2009

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The State Department warns U. S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Madagascar, and recommends against travel to Madagascar because of escalating civil unrest.  This replaces the Madagascar Travel Warning of March 16, 2009, to inform Americans that the Department of State has ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel and all family members.

Since January 2009, Madagascar has been experiencing escalating political demonstrations including violent clashes.  While the immediate causes of the political crisis in Madagascar are between government forces and supporters of the former mayor of Antananarivo, there have been regular demonstrations and clashes with security forces in most provincial capitals and other population centers around the country.  Residences and businesses have been looted and burned.  While American citizens have not been targeted to date, the Department of State has ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel and family members at the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo due to the ongoing unrest and security concerns.  The Peace Corps Director has approved an evacuation and temporary suspension of the Peace Corps program in Madagascar.  The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Madagascar at this time.  American citizens already in Madagascar should carefully consider the dangers of remaining.  Those who do choose to remain despite this warning should continue to maintain a high level of vigilance and a low profile.

The Department of State urges American citizens to take responsibility for their own personal security while traveling overseas, to review emergency procedures and contingency plans, and to remain aware of their surroundings at all times.  American citizens in Madagascar should ensure they have enough water, food, and supplies in stock in the event of an emergency.  The dynamic political situation may require the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar to close for safety and security reasons with little advance notice.  The Embassy nevertheless will endeavor to notify American citizens of any such closures via warden message, posted at http://www.antananarivo.usembassy.gov/warden-messages.html.

American citizens in Madagascar are urged to register with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar, through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov.  By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy in Antananarivo to contact them in case of emergency.  Registrants are asked to provide e-mail address and cellular phone number.

The Embassy is located at 14-16 Rue Rainitovo, Antsahavola, Antananarivo.  The mailing address is B.P. 620, Antsahavola, Antananarivo, Madagascar; telephone [261] (20) 22-212-57 during regular business hours and for after-hours emergencies; fax [261] (20) 22-345-39.  The Consular Section e-mail address is antanwarden@state.gov.  The Embassy’s web site is located at http://www.antananarivo.usembassy.gov.

Updated information on travel and security in Madagascar may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  For further information, please consult the Country Specific Information for Madagascar and the Worldwide Caution available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov.