News and Media
With regards to media in Madagascar, visit the links above. Except for news from international sources, they are in French. You find hereunder a brief overview of media in Madagascar.
Newspapers and magazines
All national dailies belong to private groups. Among the newspapers published in French, you find: Le Quotidien, Midi Madagasikara, La Gazette de la Grande Ile, Les Nouvelles, Madagascar Tribune, L’Express de Madagascar, L’Hebdo de Madagascar...
The newspapers publish useful addresses, phone numbers and useful information (emergency, hospitals, chemists’ shops, cultural events, flights, exchange rates,…).
Radios and televisions
TVM is the national information channel. On the other hand, there are several local private radio and television stations:
- MBS (Malagasy Broadcasting System) is a private information channel having stations in several large cities.
- Viva, RTA, MA-TV, TV Plus, TV Record, OTV are private channels broadcasting in
- Radios : MBS, RDB, RLI, RDJ, ACEEM Radio, Radio Mada...
- Radio France International and the BBC can be received in FM in the capital.
March 2017: Madagascar - Partnership between Air Austral and Air Madagascar
In the frame of the partial privatization of Air Madagascar, the Board of Directors of Air Madagascar recommends that Air Austral, the airline based in La Réunion, takes a stake of 49% in Air Madagascar. After approval by the Government of Madagascar, the agreement of partnership could be signed in May 2017.
Currently, Air Madagascar serves Paris and Marseille in France and Guangzhou in China, five regional destinations (Réunion, Mauritius, Comoros, Mayotte and Seychelles) and a dozen destinations in the island.
January 2017: Madagascar - Small drop of visa charges.
In 2017, the visa fees to visit Madagascar are reduced by € 4 or € 8. Since January 1st, they are been fixed at € 27 for a stay not exceeding 30 days, € 33 for a stay of 31 to 60 days, and € 46 for a stay of 61 to 90 days.
December 1, 2016: Madagascar - Airport tax.
A new tax on flights from an airport in Madagascar is to be levied since December 1, 2016. It amounts to 38 euros for international flights and 20 euros for domestic flights. The tax will be included into the airfare. The proceeds of the tax are intended to fund the development of airport facilities. The tax is widely criticized. According to some reports, it would have been temporarily suspended without further explanation.
February 2016: Madagascar - Visa fees.
The fees of the short-term visa (not more than 3 months) have been fixed as follows: 31 euros for a stay up to 30 days, 39 euros for a stay of 31 to 60 days, and 54 euros for 60 to 90 days. This short-term visa is designed for tourists, businessmen, and other short term travelers. It can be obtained in advance from the local Embassy of Madagascar or, provided that you meet all the conditions, upon arrival at the airport in Madagascar.
The applicant must fill in and sign the application form, attach the copy of the return air ticket or a travel certificate issued by an agency as well as 2 photos, be the bearer of his passport and pay the required fees.
Are also available: a visa which may be converted in long term visa (58 euros) especially for expats, investors, retirees and a few others, a visa of courtesy for diplomats, and a special visa for shooting film.
July 2015: Madagascar - next restoration of visa fees.
The government of Madagascar plans to restore the payment of the entry visa. The visa which has been free since 2009 for a stay not exceeding 30 days will cost € 16.50 and that for two months € 27.50.
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