Business hours

Business hours typically run from 8.30am to 5.00pm, with an hour long lunch break, from noon to 1.00pm.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year’s Day
March 29 – Martyr’s Day
April 17 – Easter Monday
May 1 – Labour Day
May 25 – Ascension Day
June 5 – Whit Monday
June 26 – Independence Day
August 15 – Assumption of Mary
November 1 – All Saints’ Day
December 11 – Republic Day
December 25 – Christmas Day


The weather is very varied due to the size and diversity of the island. The rainy season (summer) normally runs from November to March, with cyclones most likely to visit between December and March. The period between April to October is dry and it can also get very cold, especially in the central part of Madagascar, at a higher altitude.

For weather details in Madagascar, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.


Oanda currency converter

The official currency in Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary (Ar or MGA).

Time zones and time differences

Madagascar is 7 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in Antananarivo, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Madagascar's country code is 262.

For calls to Madagascar from Australia dial: + 262 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Madagascar to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Mostly 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are generally European round two-pin.

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