The official currency is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA), which has been reintroduced to replace the Malagasy Franc. Coins and notes display both currencies, but newer notes display the Ariary more prominently than the Franc. One Ariary is equal to five Francs. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and official bureaux de change, but the Ariary cannot be changed back into hard currency. Some banks will only accept US Dollars or Euros. ATMs are available in Antananarivo. Most major credit cards are starting to be accepted in top hotels and major travel agencies in the capital and other major towns, but have limited usage elsewhere.
Currency Exchange Rates
|Madagascar||MGA 1||MGA 5||MGA 10||MGA 100||MGA 1,000|
|Australia||AUD 0.04||AUD 0.40||AUD 4.03||AUD 40.32||AUD 403.21|
|Canada||CAD 0.04||CAD 0.38||CAD 3.80||CAD 37.97||CAD 379.75|
|Ireland||EUR 0.03||EUR 0.25||EUR 2.51||EUR 25.13||EUR 251.32|
|New Zealand||NZD 0.04||NZD 0.42||NZD 4.20||NZD 41.98||NZD 419.78|
|South Africa||ZAR 0.41||ZAR 4.06||ZAR 40.61||ZAR 406.13||ZAR 4,061.27|
|United Kingdom||GBP 0.02||GBP 0.22||GBP 2.16||GBP 21.62||GBP 216.20|
|United States of America||USD 0.03||USD 0.29||USD 2.86||USD 28.57||USD 285.72|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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