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The fixed telephony network is managed by TELMA, i.e. Telecom Malagasy (provider code: 20) and mobile services by CELTEL (provider code: 33), ORANGE (code: 32), and also TELMA (code: 34).


Phone numbers are seven digit long in Madagascar. You dial seven digits for any call within the country. The first two digits represent a geographical area (local area code). 


Main local area codes (telephone): 

Antananarivo 22                           Manakara-Mananjary 72 

Ambositra 47                               Moramanga 56 

Antsirabe 44                                Morondava 95         

Diego-Suarez 82                           Nosy Be 86 

Farafangana 73                            Sainte Marie 57 

Fianarantsoa 75                           Sambava 88 

Fort Dauphin 92                           Tamatave 53 

Majunga 62                                 Tuléar 94 


There are telephone booths in all major cities. 


Madagascar International dialling code: 261
Calling Madagascar from abroad: International code + 261 + two digit access provider + seven digit phone number. (Example Antananarivo: +261 (20) 22 661 15).

Calling abroad from Madagascar: “00” + country code + zone code + correspondent’s 




In Antananarivo, nearly each street has its cybercafé where you can send your e-mails. 

WIFI connexion possible. 


Time differences 

Madagascar is GMT+3. There is no summer/winter clock change since the length of the day varies little in the Tropics. 

That means: 

+ 1 from South Africa 

+ 1 from Federation of Russia (zone 1) in winter, and no difference in Summer 

+ 2 from France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy or Belgium in Winter and + 1 in Summer 

+ 6 from Eastern Brazil 

+ 8 from Quebec and the East Coast of the United States in Winter, and +7 in Summer 

+11 from the Pacific coast of the United States in Winter and + 10 in Summer 

- 1 from La Réunion and Mauritius 

- 4 from Thailand 

- 5 from Singapur, Hong Kong, and Western Australia

- 6 from Japan and South Corea 

- 9 from New Zealand 


220 V, 50Hz, two-pin plugs are standard. Some places have no electric network. Take battery powered appliances and take care not to leave them in nature once they are worn out.




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