Madagascar Import Restrictions

In order to enter Madagascar, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Madagascar government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Madagascar, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Madagascar.

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Madagascar authorities before posting:

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  • Alcohol and spirits
  • Animal products
  • Books and printed articles
  • Fabrics and fabric samples
  • Firearms
  • Gaming machines, toys
  • Liquids, non hazardous
  • Mineral oils
  • Measuring instruments
  • Narcotics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plants and plant products
  • Pearls, precious stones and metal
  • Stamps
  • Textile articles
  • Tobacco
  • War material
  • Wine.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation requirements

All commercial goods require a Certificate of Origin.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Madagascar prohibits:

  • Animals
  • Absinthe and the like
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Baby comforters not made of pure rubber
  • Bullion and currency
  • Contraceptives
  • Dangerous good, haz or comb materials
  • Furs
  • Ivory
  • Khaki green clothing
  • Military equipment
  • Organic and inorganic chemicals
  • Preserves not bearing marks of origin
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Products from the printing industry- offensive by nature
  • Rubber and articles thereof
  • Ships, boats and floating structures
  • Toys and games
  • Textile items
  • Vanilla products.

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