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New port of entry and other news from Madagascar

By webmaster last modified Aug 23, 2002 01:07 PM

Published: 2002-08-23 13:07:21
Topics: Cruising Information
Countries: Madagascar

St.Marie on the east coast of Madagascar has become an official port of entry. Procedures are straightforward, the officials very helpful and in contrast to Nosy Be, there are no charges for health authorities, police clearance or others. A 3 month visa will be granted on arrival, if requested, rather than the one month visa that is obtained in Nosy Be for the same cost of 200.000 FMG (32 US dollars). As there is a very good possibility of seeing migrating whales in St.Marie between the end of June and the end of September, this port could become fairly popular with cruising boats.

Nosy Be, on the west coast of Madagascar, continues to be the most popular destination. Unfortunate for some sailors who were too slow to check in with the authorities, they found that there is a new patrol boat operating between Nosy Mitsio in the north and Nosy Iranja in the south. Boats have been faced with stiff fines if they were caught without visa and clearing procedures completed.

In spite of the persistent rumours, there is no marina under construction in Crater Bay, next to Hell-Ville on Nosy Be. Although an Italian investor is working on such a project, there is no visible evidence of any construction, nor has any work actually commenced.

Lilly Vedana and Thomas Mueller, S.V. Miz Mae