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Reviewed 29 October 2013, 10:15 NZDT
Still current at: 06 December 2013
There is high risk to your security in Madagascar due to the unpredictable security situation and we advise against all tourist and other non-essential travel.
Political Tension/Civil Unrest
There has been on-going political instability in Madagascar since 2009 and the political situation remains volatile. Demonstrations and civil unrest in response to political developments occur frequently and at times have resulted in violent civil unrest.
New Zealanders should be aware that the second round of Presidential elections, together with legislative elections, is scheduled to be held in Madagascar on 20 December 2013. It is possible that levels of civil unrest will increase in relation to the elections.
New Zealanders in Madagascar are advised to avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. Any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities or security forces should be complied with.
Violent crime, including muggings and carjackings, is common in Madagascar, particularly in and around the capital Antananarivo, and also in rural and isolated areas.
Walking alone or travelling after dark is not recommended. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery or carjacking, as this could lead to an escalation in violence.
As victims of violent crime are often targeted due to their perceived wealth it is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as mobile phones, cameras and jewellery.
General Travel Advice
As there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Madagascar, the ability of the government to provide consular assistance to New Zealand citizens is severely limited.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Madagascar should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Madagascar are strongly encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.