Madagascar Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Jan 09, 2002
The Government of Madagascar held presidential elections on December 16,
2001, but final results have not been released. If no candidate receives
fifty percent of the vote, a second round of elections will be held, most
likely in early February.
On January 7, 2002, supporters of opposition presidential candidates
demonstrated on the central boulevard of Antananarivo. After several
hundred security forces attempted to disperse the crowd, estimated at more
than 60,000 people, the demonstrators charged police lines and drove
security forces from the scene. Demonstrations have also occurred in other
towns throughout Madagascar, although not on the same scale. The police
have used tear gas to control the crowds and injuries have been reported.
Demonstrations are expected to continue on a regular basis until the
election results are settled.
Americans have not been specifically targeted, and no injuries to U.S.
citizens have been reported. However, the Department of State urges U.S.
citizens considering travel to Madagascar or already present there to
monitor media reports for current information on developing situations.
Americans in Madagascar should avoid large public gatherings, and be aware
that civil disorder could affect public transportation.
American citizens in Madagascar are urged to register with the U.S. Embassy
and to obtain updated information on travel and security in Madagascar. The
U.S. Embassy is located at 14-16 Rue Rainitovo, Antsahavola, Antananarivo;
telephone  (20) 22-212-57.
Americans traveling and residing abroad should monitor closely the
Department of State's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov. For
further general information regarding travel to Madagascar, please consult
the Department's latest Consular Information Sheet for Madagascar, which is
also available on the Department's web site.