Violent attacks have occurred on Batterie Beach, north of Toliara. Violent incidents involving cattle rustlers have occurred in the Anosy Region of southeast Madagascar. Exercise extreme caution and maintain a high level of personal security awareness when travelling within the Anosy Region, where tensions remain high.The political environment in Madagascar remains fragile.Ensure that your personal belongings and travel documents are secure, especially in airports and crowded places. electronic devices, jewels and expensive sunglasses). Do not use your mobile phone while walking or while driving. Be wary of persons representing themselves as “guides,” particularly on beaches and in coastal tourist areas, as there have been reports of attacks and robberies by such persons.
Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media. Armed gangs are known to commit home invasions and kidnappings, and to patrol areas where foreigners tend to congregate.
Robberies and break-ins, often violent, have increased, especially in and around the capital, Antananarivo, but also in rural and isolated areas.
Civil unrest and violence may occur and the security situation could deteriorate rapidly.
Should unrest occur, airports may be closed with little notice and other departure options may be limited.
Muggings, purse snatchings and pickpocketing also occur.
Be particularly vigilant in areas frequented by tourists in Antananarivo, including the steps leading to the Rova, the Avenue de l’Indépendance, the Analakely market, the road leading to the Soarano train station, the Café de La Gare, 67 Hectares, Itaosy, Antaninarenina and Tsaralalana.