8 to 12 and 2 to 6.
However, most offices propose non stop services from to 5/6 pm. Shops usually close at lunch time, except for big stores which are open Monday through Saturday from 9.30 am to 7 pm.
Value-added tax (VAT) rate is 20%.
Bargaining at the market
Bargaining is a tradition in Madagascar, it is always practised at the market, with street
vendors, and for rickshaw or taxi fares. It is necessary to reach an agreement with the
driver concerning the fare before taking a taxi. Bargaining should always go with smiling.
It is necessary to have an international driving licence.
Photos and Videos
Amateurs and professionals will find basic materials (cameras, films, …) in most photo laboratories and specialized shops in major cities.
Professionals must previously obtain permission from ANGAP before taking photos and
videos in protected areas and an authorization from TIA SARY before making films in the country.
Recommendations to backpackers
- Travel with light luggage, if possible, especially for clothes
- Hikers must have good walking shoes, mosquito repellent sprays and/or creams
- For bivouac lovers: Swiss knives, first aid kit, flasks, water purifying tablets, sleeping bags,