The fixed telephony network is managed by TELMA (Télécom Malagasy), and mobile services by ZAIN and ORANGE. There are telephone booths in all big towns.
• Calling Madagascar: international code « + 261 » followed by the local correspondent’s number, except the « 0 » (example: +26120 22 660 85). The same for calling a mobile phone number.
• Calling from Madagascar: « 00 + country code + zone code + correspondent’s number » (example: 0033 1 123…..).
Grand Tana 22 / Antsirabe 44 / Fianarantsoa 75 / Tuléar 94
Electricity : 220V
Some places have no electric network. Take battery powered appliances and take care not to leave them in nature once they are worn out.
Each city has its own post-office, equipped with public phone booth and phone cards are easy to buy at any small shop. Mail writing and dispatching (letters, postcards, lay out of address on the envelope) are the same as in Europe. For international mail, do not forget to write « by air mail” on the envelope. Please ask for information about postage.
Most offices and services (post-offices, banks) are open non stop from 9:30 a.m to 5/6 p.m. Post and Telecommunications ensure services on Saturday mornings. Shops are closed at lunch time (noon to 2 p.m), except big stores which are open Monday through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m to 7 p.m, and sometimes on Sunday mornings.
Newspaper and Magazines
All daily newspapers are owned by private groups. Among the french language papers, these are: Le Quotidien , Midi Madagasikara, La Gazette de la Grande Ile, Les Nouvelles, Madagascar Tribune, L’Express de Madagascar.
All of them provide such informations as addresses, telephone numbers and useful informations (emergency services, hospitals, drugstores, theatres, cultural events, air flights, foreign exchange information…).