Madagascar Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Apr 17, 2002
This Travel Warning is being issued in light of the deteriorating security
situation in Madagascar and the upgrading from authorized to ordered
departure of eligible family members and personnel in non-emergency
positions. There have been incidents of violence and the potential for more
violence remains. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning issued
March 1, 2002.
The Department of State warns Americans to defer travel to Madagascar. On
April 12, 2002, the Department ordered the departure of eligible family
members of Embassy staff and personnel in non-emergency positions. Due to
recent events in Fianaratsoa province, the Embassy also ordered all its
personnel to depart this province. Americans currently in Madagascar should
reevaluate their security situation in determining whether to remain in the
The complex and difficult political situation in Madagascar following the
December 16, 2001 presidential election continues to evolve. There have
been large demonstrations with occasional violence. The Government of
Madagascar declared a national state of emergency and on February 28,
declared martial law in Antananarivo.
Commercial transportation to and from Madagascar is subject to interruption
without warning. Airlines servicing the country are adjusting their flight
schedules in response to changing circumstances. Fuel supplies are
depleted. The destruction of four bridges leading to the capital and
numerous roadblocks may delay travel. There are shortages of medical and
food supplies in all parts of the country, and curfews in some areas.
There have been no reports of injuries to U.S. citizens and demonstrations
have not been aimed at foreign visitors or residents. However, at least 24
people have been killed since the political crisis began, including one
Canadian citizen on April 12 during a violent clash in Fianaratsoa. The
Embassy advises Americans to avoid the city and province of Fianaratsoa
until the situation stabilizes. Americans should avoid demonstrations, and
limit their travel.
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 at tel. 261-20-22-212-57.