Pre-Arranged VISA to Madagascar?

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1. Posted by banders (Budding Member 7 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hello, I have understood it is a relatively straightforward process from western europe to acquire a VISA at arrival in Madagascar. However, I am always a bit paranoid when it comes to preparations to travels and therefore settle for pre-arranged VISA when I can.

However, I really have a hard time finding what is really required for a pre-arranged VISA as it is not as straightforward to find. However, perhaps a pre-arranged VISA is not necessary after all as it is rather unlikely to not be granted VISA on arrival?

Anyone have had experience with arranging pre-arranged VISA's, or perhaps there is really no need to worry about the on arrival process and so no reason to bother?

2. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 139 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

The Capetown consulate has listed all the requirements:
But it is quite easy to get the visa at the airport as long as you pay

3. Posted by P.viridis (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!


I've been to Madagascar twice, my last trip was in September 2015 so things could have changed by now but from my experience we acquired the visa upon arrival. The visa itself was not a problem but I can share a couple of tips about arriving on an international flight at Antananarivo airport.
1. Try to find a seat on the aircraft that is near the front. This means you will be towards the front of the mass of people waiting to try to get their visa. There is no such thing as a queue everyone just surges towards the desk where first you need to hand over your passport with the completed arrival form. The first time we travelled to 'Tana we were amongst the last off the aircraft ( an Air France Boeing777) and so we had to wait outside slowly inching forwards into the terminal building.

2. Make sure you know the name of your first night's accommodation and the address. People who had left this line blank on the form were turned away by very surly immigration officers. They had to rummage through their itinerary to find this bit of information.

3. Be patient and have faith in what appears to be a random 'system'. We waited behind the passport desk and after about 5 minutes being jostled by other less patient passengers, our passports were returned to us duly stamped with our visa. I don't think we had to pay anything but who knows the government may have decided to introduce this measure as a new form of tourist tax.

4. All in all though the battle through this procedure is well worth it. We loved our time in Madagascar and I hope you do too.