Tourism : Suppression of tourist visa for 2010

Tourism : Suppression of tourist visa for 2010

The political crisis that Madagascar endured for nearly one year and a half had a great impact on the tourism sector. Since 2009, tourists have been reluctant to take a trip to Madagascar and those who did come are penalized by the 60 Euro visa fee that they have to pay once at Ivato airport. This industry’s revenue dropped by 116 million dollars, or about 60%, in 2009 compared to 2008. To boost the tourism sector and support tour operator Madagascar activities, the government decided to increase the annual budget for tourism sector of 15%, a sum which should be about 30 billion MGA and it is also accompanied by the maintenance of the abolition of tourist visa. This provision, decided by the Government in May 2009, was therefore extended by one year, according to the minister of Finance, Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

So this year, tourists will not have to pay the visa fee after their arrival in Madagascar but  if their stay is over one month, they must pay by a certain fee. Indeed, this new provision will apply only for short tourism, no more than one month, because above this threshold, tourists will pay MGA 100,000 for a visa to stay less than two months, MGA 140,000 to MGA 200,000 for a stay of between 2 months and 5 years, and MGA 250,000 ariary for a visa stay of more than 5 years and a permanent residence visa. And for the extension and the final exit visa, foreigners should pay a sum of MGA 80,000. This initiative is expected to boost tourism and vacations in Madagascar especially in normal times, This sector generates a revenue of nearly 308 billion ariary.

Tsiky Tour team

November 2010

Leave a Comment