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Foreign Office lifts Madagascar travel warning

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15 October 2013 by Alex Stewart

Travel to Madagascar is back on the agenda for Britons as Foreign Office advisory notice is lifted.

The advisory notice was put in place following the murder of two Europeans on the popular resort island of Nosy Be, an island five miles off the northwest coast of Madagascar. The men were killed by a vigilante mob and there were reports of rioting in the aftermath of the attack. The two men, from France and Italy, were accused of killing a local boy after his mutilated body washed up on the beach. Following the attack more than 26 people have been arrested and tensions on the island have dissipated allowing the Foreign Office to reconsider the notice and British travellers to return.

A caveat on the Foreign office website states that visitors should be, 'particularly vigilant in the following areas of Nosy Be: Ambatoloaka, Hell-Ville, all beaches, and the road to the airport.'

More than 7,000 Britons visit Madagascar annually, with many combining a few days exploring the island's national parks and wildlife reserves, renowned for lemurs and chameleons in particular, before travelling to the coast or outlying islands. The country has endured political instability since 2009 and the situation in the capital Antananarivo remains changeable, particularly with presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on 25 October and 20 December 2013 respectively.

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