Madagascar Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Feb 27, 2002
This Public Announcement provides updated information on the security
situation in Madagascar due to the recent declaration of a state of
emergency there. There have been isolated incidents of violence and the
potential for more violence remains. This Public Announcement supersedes
the one issued for Madagascar on February 8, 2002, and it will expire on May
The complex and difficult political situation in Madagascar following the
December 16, 2001 presidential election continues to evolve. On Friday,
February 22, opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana proclaimed himself
president following approximately two months of political rallies and
strikes. The government has responded to this action by declaring a
national state of emergency. Scheduled to last three months, the Malagasy
government has yet to fully implement this declaration that could limit the
people, information and goods. The current situation remains fluid as both
sides jockey for political position. Demonstrations supporting Mr.
Ravalomanana continue in the country's capital, Antananarivo, as well as
other smaller provincial cities and towns.
Supporters of the two leading presidential candidates have established
roadblocks on most major routes into Antananarivo and in many locations
throughout the city. The primary roads from the country's two principal
seaports to the capital have been blocked to all vehicular traffic for three
weeks, causing shortages of fuel and other goods in Antananarivo. Localized
curfews for some towns have been reported. Travel around the countryside
can be difficult, and international flight service has been disrupted.
Travelers should consult with their travel agency and or airline prior to
embarking on a flight to/from Madagascar, as airlines servicing the country
have changed their flight schedules at the last moment.
There have been no reports of injuries to U.S. citizens, and demonstrations
have not been aimed at foreign visitors or residents. Nonetheless,
Americans should avoid the downtown area of Antananarivo and limit their
movement within the city.
The Department of State urges U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in
Madagascar to monitor media reports for current information. Safety and
security information may also be obtained by contacting the U.S. Embassy in
Antananarivo on tel. 261-20-22-212-57.
For further information concerning travel to Madagascar, travelers should
consult the Department of State Internet web site at
http://travel.state.gov, which includes the latest Consular Information
Sheet for Madagascar.