Travel Planning for your Volunteer Work in Madagascar

Flight & Arrival

You will enter Madagascar either through the capital's airport Ivato International Airport (TNR) or the Amborovy Airport (MJN) in Mahajanga. Both airports operate international flights. From the airport you will be picked-up by a program coordinator and continue your journey to the program site and your accommodation.


For a stay of up to 90 days you will be issued the visa for Madagascar directly at the airport and you have to pay the fee directly in cash either in €, $ or in Malagasy Ariary. For all stays of more than 90 days, the Madagascar visa must be applied for at the Embassy in your home country. For further information on the visa requirements, please visit the embassy's website.

Transportation Through Madagascar

There are many different ways of how to get around in Madagascar. For long distances, taxis and airplanes are the dominant means of transport. For short distances within the city, minibuses, tuk-tuks and rickshaws are a common means of transportation.


Before traveling to Madagascar, the following vaccinations should be up to date:

  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis A und B
  • Diphtheria
  • whooping cough
  • Polio
  • MMR
  • Pneumococcus
  • Influenza

For longer stays, the rabies and typhus vaccines are recommended. Anyone arriving in Madagascar from a yellow fever endemic area must have vaccination protection against yellow fever. Further information on the recommended vaccinations can be found on the CDC website.