Travel guide

Red Island, Vanilla Island

Now a single island, separated from the great African continent, Madagascar has a rare authenticity all of its own.

One of the world’s largest islands, inhabited by some of the world’s most unique plant and animal species. The lemurs you see hopping around everywhere, 7 varieties of baobab, the country’s emblematic tree, or the island jasmine, one of the endemic plants in a flora of over 19,000 plant species…

You can also trek to the Tsingy, a curious geological formation, before going whale watching or turtle watching.

Water sports enthusiasts will not be outdone, either by kitesurfing and surfing, or by simply relaxing on the beaches of Nosy Be or Sainte-Marie, gazing out over the Emerald Sea.

Time difference



Malagasy Ariary


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

Malagasy is spoken on the island.

  • Good morning / Good evening = Salama
  • How are you? = Manao ahoana ianao ?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Tsara fa misaotra, ary ianao?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Frantsay ve ianao?
  • Je comprends/ Je ne comprends pas = Ahiko / Tsy ahiko
  • Pardon = Azafady
  • Goodbye = Veloma
  • Welcome = Tonga soa
  • Thank you very much = Misaotra (betsaka)
  • Excuse me/Please = Azafady
  • I am French = Frantsay aho
  • My name is… = … no anarako
  • No thanks = Tsia fa misaotra
  • Yes/No = Ia / Ah-ah
  • You’re welcome / Please = Tsy misy fisaorana
  • Amharic, the language of Ethiopia :
  • Good morning / Good evening = Salamno / Tenastelin
  • How are you? = Denané (m) Denanesh (f)
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Dena antes (m) / anchi (f)
  • Do you speak French/English? = Farnzagna/englizegna techenalé (m)/ techeyallesh (f) ?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Gabagne / Algabagne
  • Sorry = Aznallehu
  • Goodbye = Ciao
  • Welcome = Inkwan dena mété/ Inkwan dena métésh
  • Thank you (very much) = Amasseguénalo (batam)
  • Excuse me/Please = Yikirta
  • I am French = Inae ke farenzainegne
  • My name is… = Seme … no
  • No thanks = Ay, amasseguenalo
  • Yes/No = awo/ay
  • You’re welcome = Cheger yellem

Key figures

Madagascar is 01:00 ahead of French time:

When it’s 12.30pm in Marseille, it’s 1.30pm in Manakara


Up-to-date vaccinations:

  • DTPolio
  • Rubella, Mumps and Measles (in children)

Vaccination against viral hepatitis A and B and typhoid fever may be recommended.

Make sure you’re protected against mosquito bites.


For stays of less than three months, an entry and residence visa is compulsory and can only be affixed to a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of application. This so-called non-immigration visa can be issued on arrival at the airport. This visa cannot be extended or converted into a long-stay visa, and does not entitle the holder to engage in paid employment.