The Department of State warns U.S. citizens traveling to or
residing in Madagascar that the first round of presidential elections will take
place on Friday, October 25, 2013. As election results will not be
finalized immediately, the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo urges continued caution
in the weeks following the elections. This Travel Alert will expire after
certification of the first round, anticipated to take place by November 25.
Currently, elections are proceeding on the basis of an
agreement brokered by the South African Development Community (SADC), with
support from the international community. The agreement aims to place
Madagascar on a path to a democratically elected presidency. Despite the
agreement, the possibility of spontaneous protests during this election cycle
remains a serious concern.
U.S. citizens in Madagascar are strongly urged to avoid
voter polling places, demonstrations, political rallies, or large crowds of any
kind during the election period. Even gatherings intended to be peaceful
can turn violent with little or no warning.
The U.S. Embassy is closely monitoring election activity
throughout Madagascar, and will provide updates as the situation warrants on
the Embassy website and
via Facebook and Twitter. U.S. citizens should
regularly monitor these sites and local media outlets for updates. U.S.
citizens should also be aware of their surroundings and exercise good judgment
in the coming weeks. General information on preparing for emergencies is
available on U.S.
Embassy Antananarivo's website.
U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
By enrolling, U.S. citizens gain access to vital security information and
enable the U.S. Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling
abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Internet website at
travel.state.gov, where the Worldwide
Warnings, and Travel Alerts can
be found. An archive of messages for U.S. citizens in Madagascar is
available on the Embassy
website. Download our free Smart Traveler app, available
through iTunes and
Play Store, for travel information at your fingertips.
Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by
calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for
callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday
through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar is located at:
Lot 27 A Point Liberty
Andranoro-Antehiroka, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Telephone:  (20) 23-480-00 (available 24 hours)
Fax:  (20) 23-480-35
U.S. citizens in need of urgent assistance should call the emergency number for
the U.S. Embassy: 034-49-328-54