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Do You Need Travel Insurance for Madagascar?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Madagascar?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for Madagascar?
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This incredibly bio-diverse island is packed with truly unique flora and fauna. Madagascar is the only native home to a number of unusual animals including all species of lemurs, wide-eyed aye-ayes and large fossa mongooses.

A trip to Madagascar is a truly unique experience for any naturalist or adventurer. The peoples' laid back attitude and the country's natural splendor promise an unparalleled trip for anyone looking to branch out from the norm.

Travel insurance is not mandatory, but it's recommended

Travel insurance for Madagascar is not required for entry into the country, but it's highly recommended. With many unpopulated areas, the country has a lot of potential for accidents, so purchasing health insurance for Madagascar is a smart move.

With a wide range of plans on the market, it may be difficult to select a plan for Madagascar travel insurance. To find the plan that's best for you, first assess the condition of your health then take a look at your travel plans. From there, you can compare plans side by side with our compare tool. For travelers with pre-existing conditions, senior travelers and those looking for more complete coverage, a comprehensive plan is the best option. If you are looking for basic coverage at an affordable price, a limited plan may be the way to go.

COVID-19 in Madagascar

If you have to travel, here are some Covid safety precautions to take. For the most up-to-date information on Covid restrictions for traveling, please follow CDC guidelines.

If you have to visit the country, consider Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance so that you may recoup some of your costs if you need to cancel, postpone or cut short your original travel plans for any reason, including COVID-19-related concerns.

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Covid information for your trip

Do you know the Covid situation for your destination? Keep up with country-specific advisories and notifications.

Health & safety

Like any place with many unpopulated areas, Madagascar has a lot of potential for accidents and injuries. Especially if you plan to explore the more remote areas of the island, a travel insurance policy is especially important. You may want to consider a plan that includes medical evacuation in case you are in a very isolated area or need more medical assistance than the island nation can provide.

Like many African countries, pickpocketing and unregistered taxis are the biggest threats. Keep track of your belongings and avoid wearing flashy symbols of wealth including watches and jewelry. Avoid traveling with large stacks of cash and try not to publicize your wealth.

Madagascar has experienced some political unrest during the past decade. Although the situation is stable for the moment, tensions still run high. Try to avoid any protests as they can turn violent. If you feel unsafe, find a registered taxi and return to your hotel to remove yourself from the situation.

Necessary vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for Madagascar.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Meningitis
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow fever
  • Pneumonia

For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Visas & documentation

Everyone visiting Madagascar is required to obtain a visa prior to entering the country. For more information on how to obtain the right visa for you, please visit Madagascar's consulate website.

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