Flights to Madagascar are usually not at all cheap and rarely available for less than €600. Currently, however, you can take advantage of a great deal from northern Italy: The roundtrip to Antananarivo with Air France can be purchased for €450. Interestingly, a 23 kg piece of luggage is included, even though this is an Economy Light fare.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
You can start your trip in the following cities:
- from Bologna at €450
- from Florence at €452
- from Venice at €454
- from Torino at €484
- from Rome at €484
- from Milan at €486
The flights have a short layover in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Air France uses a Boeing 777 for its long-haul flights to Antananarivo, with seat aligned in a 3-4-3 formation with roughly 81 cm of legroom.
By the way, this isn’t our only economy class deal from Italy:
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According to the fare rules, this deal will remain until January 25, 2021 for flights between January 1 and June 30, 2021. The availability is actually really high for departures on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
The minimum stay requirement is of four days (or a Sunday). A visa on arrival should be possible. It costs MGA 80,000 (~€17) for up to 30 days or MGA 100,000 (~€22) for up to 60 days. You can find available dates using Google Flights. We highly recommend that you book directly on Air France’s website.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
- 3,230 on Delta SkyMiles
- 2,690 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 2,690 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 1,000 on Saudia Alfursan
- 830 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 830 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 660 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 640 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 600 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 510 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 510 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 510 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 510 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 510 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 510 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 510 on Korean Air Skypass
- 510 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 510 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 510 on Air Europa Club
- 510 on MEA Cedar Miles
Another option that’s fine is Flying Blue, where you’ll receive 4 to 8 award miles per euro, which would be something between 1,200 and 2,400 miles. Delta SkyMiles, however, is far more attractive: You’d receive roughly 3,200 award miles and a hefty sum of almost 12,000 status miles (MQMs)
Informationen für Madagaskar
Best Time to Visit
Madagascar is the second largest island nation after Indonesia with an impressive 500.000 square kilometers; therefore it is only normal that the climate varies by region quite a bit.
In North and the East, temperatures can reach upwards of 30°C with simultaneous strong rainfall between the months of November and April. The island is also frequented by strong cyclones. The best time to visit is usually between April and November, on the East coast between July and November.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
EU citizens require a visa to visit Madagascar. The visa can be purchased for 80.000 MRA (approx. 20€) upon arrival at the international Airport of Antananarivo-Ivato. The visa is valid for 30 days. Alternatively, you can get a 60 day visa for 100.000 MRA (approx. 25€)
Only stays over 60 days require a visa application prior to arrival at an embassy of Madagascar.
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Translated by Ditmar Lange