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Frequently asked questions

How to book a tour ?

You can find the details in the following section: HOW TO BOOK A TOUR

Will we be met at the airport on arrival ?

Certainly, we welcome you at the airport – on arrival. You are our guests from the airport and back to the airport.

What about the terms and methods of payments

A 30-percent deposit is required upon confirmation to secure your booking. You can pay by online by credit card or by wire transfer.The balance will be required one (01) month before arrival – OR – cash on arrival [Eur or US$]

What languages are spoken in Madagascar ?

Malagasy is the local official language but French is widely spoken. English has also become the third official language since March 2007.

Can you handle last-minute bookings

Certainly. We are here for you. You are always welcome.

Which language do your tour guides and drivers speak ?

They are qualified and experienced. They speak fluent in English, German, Japanese, French as well as Russian

Are there any other nice beach than Nosy Be ?

Madagascar has more than 5000 kms of coastline and therefore has many other idyllic resorts such as in Sainte Marie Island, Ambola, Sainte Luce, Anjajavy, Ifaty, Diego Suarez (3 bays) and so forth.

Can we draw money from ATM ?

You can draw money from the ATM in the major city of Madagascar. Almost every 100kms. You can use Visa everywhere. For Mastercards, Dinners Club, American Express and the rest, you can only withdraw in Antananarivo called Tana.

Do we need to pay airport tax when flying back home ?

You do not need to pay any airport tax.

What is the allowed weight for our transcontinental flight ?

It depends on the airline you take. For your information:
– Air France: two pieces of 23kgs each
– Air Madagascar: two pieces lagguage – not exceeding 46kgs.
Internal flights with Air Madagascar allows only 20kgs.

Will I be able to travel with my 9,10,13... -year old children ?

Yes, you will if you choose a classical and less difficult adventure tour. Children need to be protected against Malaria at least. You also need to consult your physician before coming.

How much does the visa cost at Ivato airport ?

First, you must make sure that you have an entire free page in your passport. The visa to Madagascar is free of charge since 2008 and can be obtained upon arrival.

Do you also provide flights or just tours?

We only offer internal flights and tours.But we can suggest the best routing to reach Madagascar through our Gallileo GDS system.

What are the arrival formalities ?

– Your visa is delivered free of charge upon arrival.
– The incoming goods free of taxes are: 2 liters of alcoholic drinks, 2 cartridges or 20 packets of cigarettes, Ar 400 000 banknotes (local currency), belongings and non commercial items.
– CITES licence is required for fauna and flora species threatened to extinction.
– Updated vaccination certificate against rabies is necesimages for pets.
– Phytosanitary certificate and importation licence should be provided for the importation of plants and food stuffs. This is delivered by the outgoing country’s administration.

Are all airport transfers included?

They are full part of our packages.

I am allergic to some foods. Will you be able to cater for me during my trip?

Yes we will. The restaurants will be advised in advance. During camping, our cook will be taking care of you.Madagascar is rich in different kinds of vegetables, fruits and cereals.

Is there any good diving sites in Madagascar ?

Yes, you have very rich sites in Nosy Be, Sainte Marie, Ifaty, Belo sur Mer and Anakao with PADI certified monitors.

Which credit card is used in Madagascar ?

Visa card is the most used.
When using Master Card, you should be informed that only two bank accepts this card. You can get your money within 6 hours if the authorization is given by your home bank.

What are the departure formalities ?

Here are the maximum allowed items per passport at international departure:

– Ar 400 000 banknotes
– 1/2 pound hallmarked jewels for national residents
– 2 p. hallmarked jewels for non residents subjects to the presentation of an exchange declaration letter corresponding to the jewels value
– 4 p. prepared vanilla
– 10 p. dry seeds (beans, peas,…)
– 2 p. onion
– 2 p. coffee
– 2 p. pepper
– 10 p. meat (frozen, refrigerated, dried)
– 20 p. fish and sea foods (frozen, refrigerated, dried) that is 4 p. per species, bought from authorized stores.

Here are some particular formalities at departure:
– CITES licence, delivered by the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forestry or its agents at the airport , is required for the out taking of fauna and flora species.
– Health certificate, delivered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries or its agents at the airport, is required for vegetables.
– Authorization required also for precious woods and woodworks, delivered by the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forestry or its agent at the airport.
– Authorization required for precious metals and jewels through the Ministry of Energy and Mining or its agent at the airport.
– Export declaration required for precious metals and jewels more than 1/2 pound, currency more than Ar 10 000 000.

Is there a group tour that I can join?

We only provide private tours [private individual tours or private group tours.]

Will we have the same tour guide/tour leader throughout?

Our tour guides have their own areas. You might have your tour guide/leader changed depending on the trip you have chosen.

Do shops and hotels accept payment by credit cards, in Euro or in US$?

Some places have credit card machine but not all. For your comfort, it is better to have spare cash from the ATM or an exchange bureau. Euro and US$ are accepted almost every hotels/lodges but the exchange rates could be very low.

How much will we budget for not included meals?

Please allow a budget ranging from 10 to 20US$ per meal depending on the location.

Is Malaria prevention pill necessary?

Contact your GP around eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. For information only, most travellers takes Imodium or Dukoral.

Is a medical insurance necessary?

You are advised to have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Is a travel insurance necessary?

It will keep you safe from trip or a flight cancellations. It is strongly advised.

In camping, do you provide all the equipments?

All the equipments are provided: tents, sleeping bags, matress, etc. You will only need to bring your own personnal gears.

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