We are delighted to host you at the 13th International Yersinia Symposium in Antananarivo.
If you do not have a VISA and plan to stay less than three months, you can purchase a tourist visa at the airport upon arrival. Payment is accepted in Euros or Dollars.
Visa for 0 to 30 days: about 35€ or 37US$
Visa for 1 month to 2 months: about 40€ or 45US$
Visa for 2 months to 3 months: about 50€ or 55US$
Important note: Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your expected date of departure.
We strongly recommend that you arrange and confirm a transfer with your hotel when you book a room. Drivers from hotels will wait for you outside the terminal building with a sign.
The List of hotels with negotiated prices is available at the conference
Antananarivo has plenty of very good restaurants; feel free to taste as many as you can. Note that restaurant prefer cash although some of them accept credit card (with a fee)
The local currency in Madagascar is Ariary (Ar or MGA). Exchange rate is available at the Central Bank of Madagascar (Central Bank of Madagascar). To give you an idea, exchange rates are currently as follow: 1 euro = 4000 MGA and 1 USD = 3800 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 ATMs in Antananarivo that accept VISA and MasterCard.
Taxis are not at international standard, but they are everywhere and not expensive at all. From the airport to downtown, it is around 60 000 ariary (20 USD). Pending on distance, taxi fees are between 5 000 to 15 000 MGA (2-5 USD).
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 an 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 traveller to get vaccinated for better protection.
Rabies: Rabies is found in dogs in Madagascar. If you were bitten by a dog during your stay, please contact rabies treatment center at the Institut Pasteur de Madagascar (Institut Pasteur de Madagascar ).
Malaria: We recommend international travellers contact their doctors for advice. There is a risk of malaria throughout the year in Madagascar, although the risk is very low in central Antananarivo. However, we recommend you use insect repellent after sunset.
Plague: Some plague cases are reported every year in Madagascar from September to February. Most of these cases occur in rural areas of the Highlands.
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).
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 documents and store them in a safe place. Note that police can control your identity at any time.
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.