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Business Hours 

8 to 12 and 2 to 6. 


However, most offices propose non stop services from 9.30 am 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. 



Driving licence 

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, 




useful information, from africaguide
travel information (may be a bit outdated), from
iexplore and nationalgeographic

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