The dry season is pleasant and sunny, although somewhat chilly, especially in the mornings.

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All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

As of Feb 2016, 30 day visas received at the airport are obtained using cash only for either 25 Euros/27 US dollars/or equivalent in Madagascar Ariary.

Air Madagascar also operates a weekly service between Nairobi and Antananarivo.

Flights from Johannesburg, South Africa, using Air Madagascar codeshared with SA Airlink [4]. Note that the airport is located right next to the city Ivato with cheap public transport to Tana center (500 ariary). The only regular link is from Toamasina on the east coast and Mauritius via Reunion.

Madagascar's long isolation from the neighbouring continents has resulted in a unique mix of plants and animals, many found nowhere else in the world.

This has led some ecologists to refer to Madagascar as the "eighth continent".

Turkish Airlines recently started direct flights from Istanbul to Antananarivo.

Air Austral (french) runs flights to Madagascar from Paris with transfer on Reunion Island.

Of the 10,000 plants native to Madagascar, 90% are found nowhere else in the world.