Information & Facts
15km off Ambanja on the north-western coast of
By speedboat from Ankify: MGD 20,000. Passenger ticket
for Fivondronana Ferry: MGD 15,000.
Malagasy is the official language, but French is used in
business and government and is widely spoken in the main cities in
Madagascar. A few people involved in the tourism industry might be
able to speak some English, but it is not widely spoken.
The official currency is the Malagasy ariary (MGA), which has
been reintroduced to replace the Malagasy franc. Coins and notes
display both currencies, but newer notes display the ariary more
prominently than the franc. One ariary is equal to five francs.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and official bureaux
de change, but the ariary cannot be changed back into hard
currency. Some banks will only accept US dollars or Euro.
Travellers cheques can be exchanged at most banks and in major
hotels, but some banks refuse to accept them. ATMs are available in
Antananarivo. Most major credit cards are starting to be accepted
in top hotels and major travel agencies in the capital and other
major towns, but have limited usage elsewhere.