India visa requirements for Malagasys

Travel and visa requirements

Indian Visa is not required for Malagasys

Stay Duration: 90 days

Entry Requirements

  • According to the visa policy in India, tourists from Madagascar can visit the country by applying for an electronic visa. The e-visa is for a duration of 90 days and costs about US$80.
  • Foreigners with the e-visa can gain entry to India through 28 airports and 5 seaports.
  • Malagasies are advised to have applied for the e-visa, at least four days before departure. 
  • Intending visitors are to show a valid passport of a minimum of 6 months beyond the date of India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for visa stamping.
  • Madagascar citizens with firearms require an Import Permit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in India.
  • Malagasies are advised to get treated against yellow fever and other common illnesses before travelling to India.
  • The import and export of foreign currencies are unlimited, however, amounts exceeding $ 5,000 or its equivalent would be declared.
  • Also, the importation and exportation of the local currency of India are set at a maximum of INR 25,000.
  • Travellers will be required to show proof of a confirmed means of accommodation for their entire stay in India. This could be in the form of a sponsor letter from a host living in the country or a hotel reservation.
  • Tourists will also be required to show a recent bank statement has as evidence of having enough money to spend while in India.
  • Minors visiting alone are required to have a consent letter signed by both parents or guardian.
  • Visitors from Madagascar visiting India with pets (dogs and cats) must be accompanied by a veterinarian health certificate issued in Madagascar.
  • Intending visitors can get to India from any international airport in Madagascar. There are international airports in Antananarivo and Toamasina.
  • Air Mauritius, Air India, Air Austral, Air Madagascar and  Air Seychelles are some of the airlines that fly from Madagascar to India.
  • The estimated flight time from Madagascar to New Delhi, India is 11 hours, 15 minutes.
  • India has a temperate and tropical climate. It has four major seasons which are summer which is from March to May, winter from December to February, monsoon from June to September and post-monsoon also known as northeast monsoon which is from October to November. 
  • Cows do wander freely in the streets of India even in major cities. They are harmless, so tourists are advised to give them room. Also, Indians value their cows and respecting these cows can prevent a bad relationship with the locals.
  • Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are the major religions in India. Other religions like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are also present in the country, although as a minority.
  • The Indian rupee is the official currency used in India. Visitors can various banks and exchange outlets in the country to exchange their foreign currencies.
  • India is a country with hundreds of languages spoken in the country. It has no national language.  Hindi and English are however the official languages.
  • Tourists are advised to budget about $43 to spend on daily expenses while in India.
  • The Taj Mahal, The Holy City of Varanasi, Harmandir Sahib and The Golden City are some of the places tourists can visit while in India.
  • India uses India Standard Time (GMT+5:30). India is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Madagascar.
  • Indians use a head wobble to mean "yes" or agree to something and also as a form of greeting. Learning to do this could benefit a visitor's interaction with the locals
  • Transportation in India can be done with buses, train, taxis and small boats. 
  • The power and socket plug used in Singapore are of Type  C, D and M. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
  • Special delicacies tourists can try while in India are butter chicken, alu gobi, rogan josh and samosas.
  • Tourists are expected to be courteous and conscious of existing rules and customs as they go about their tourism-related activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get street foods in India?

Street food is like a culture in India and it is one of the things foreigners enjoy about the country. Every city has its speciality when it comes to street food, like chole (chickpeas) in Punjabi to Pani Puri in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

Are there cheap hotels in India?

Depending on where in India you visiting, there are lots of cheap hotels in India. The major cities Delhi and Mumbai may not offer low budget hotels.

Do Indians eat beef?

In Hinduism, cows are thought to be sacred and deeply respected, thereby in many Indian states, the slaughter of cows is already illegal, which makes it difficult to buy and sell beef. 

What are the religions in India?

Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are the major religions in India. Other religions like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are also present in the country, although as a minority.