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SUMMARY

DURATION: 15 days / 14 nights
AREA :
Western – Southern and Northern of Madagascar
TRIP : Private
SPOTS : Antananarivo – Morondava – Kirindy – Tsingy de bemaraha – Antsirabe – Ambositra – Ranomafana – Ranohira (Isalo) – Nosy be
ACCOMODATION TYPE :
Comfort (at Half Board)
TRANSPORT TYPE: Private car / Regular Flight           
ASSISTANCE: Guide / Local Guide with English Speaking Guide

TOUR AVAILABILITY : END OF JULY TO NOVEMBER

15D West - South - North (Nosy Be)

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL TIME

Arrival in Ivato International Airport. Reception by HT Agency Tours STAFF, Meet and greet!! Once you have passed customs formalities, it is to the Guide to smooth through the rest of the arrivals process – changing money, setting up your phone with the new SIM card, and anything else you need. We will provide 1 SIM cards per person with internet for your stay in Madagascar; it will be easier for us to contact each other. Transfer directly to the hotel in town for check-in “Antananarivo”.

LOCATION: ANTANANARIVO

ACCOMMODATION: NOVOTEL

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: about 15 MN FROM THE AIRPORT

 

 

DAY 02 : ANTANANARIVO – MORONDAVA (FLIGHT) - KIRINDY

 

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After breakfast, transfer disrectly to Antananarivo airport for flight to the west coast of the island, destination to Morondava. On the arrival, get in 4×4 car directly to reach the North of the menabe area, about 42 km following the secondary road which a bit winding, to reach the famous Kirindy Park. Check-in at your hotel (Relais du Kirindy). Around 6:30 PM, beginning of the Guided night walks at Kirindy. Kirindy is the best place in the whole island to observe fosa. Other nocturnal species includes: the rare Coquerel’s giant mouse lemur and pygmy mouse-lemur, fork-crowned lemur, grey mouse lemur, western fat-tailed dwarf lemur and red-tailed sportive lemur. Several bats, tenrecs, mongoose and rodents complete the mammal population.

 

LOCATION: KIRINDY

ACCOMMODATION: RELAIS DU KIRINDY

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: about 1H35MN FLIGHT + 2 H DRIVE ON A BUMPY ROAD

 

DAY 03 : KIRINDY – BELO - BEKOPAKA

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After breakfast, early departure in the morning. On the road to go to the North, about 152 km following the secondary road which a bit winding, to reach the village of Bekopaka, located at the entry of the park. After few hours of drive, you will discover beautiful landscape through another types of baobabs, to continue by a ferry crossing to reach the small village of Belo sur Tsiribihina, where we stop for lunch. Then, continue to the North through a landscape of rice fields and small village, to arrive at the end of the afternoon at Bekopaka.

 

LOCATION: BEKOPAKA

ACCOMMODATION: SOLEIL DES TSINGY

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: ABOUT 6H DRIVE ON A BUMPY ROAD

 

DAY 04 : BEKOPAKA

 

After the breakfast, this is a special day of discovery of the exceptional and great site, counted among the most beautiful landscape of Madagascar, the famous Tsingy, a site classified under the world heritage of UNESCO. In the morning, go for a day of trekking in the famous Tsingy, picnic lunch in the park itself. A hike to discover the famous peaks, the fauna and flora life of that area. Passage through the cathedrals of carved blade limestone shaping the peak of the Tsingy, and then a hanging bridge accross the rift networks, on the top, you will appreciate a magnificent sunset. Back to the hotel in the afternoon.

 

LOCATION: BEKOPAKA

ACCOMMODATION: SOLEIL DES TSINGY

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: 45MN DRIVE ON A BUMPY ROAD

 

 

 

DAY 05 : BEKOPAKA – MORONDAVA

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After the breakfast, drive back to Morondava. Lunch at Belo sur Tsiribihina. In the afternoon, on the way, a special stop is a must in the famous Streets of Baobabs to appreciate a beautiful sunset. Arrival at Morondava in early evening, then transfer to the hotel.

 

LOCATION: MORONDAVA

ACCOMMODATION: PALISSANDRE

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: 7H DRIVE ON A BUMPY ROAD

 

DAY 06 : MORONDAVA - ANTSIRABE

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Today you will have a very long drive so it’s better to leave Morondava Early (07:30AM). So after breakfast, drive directly to Antsirabe with some stops on the road for photos and breaks if it is necessary.  Lunch in the city in the city of MIandrivazo. Then continue to Antsirabe.

 

LOCATION: ANTSIRABE

ACCOMMODATION: ARO HOTEL

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: 9H DRIVE

 

DAY 07 : ANTSIRABE – RANOMAFANA

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Early in the morning, after breakfast, city tour in Antsirabe by rickshaw (visit: Independence Avenue, the famous Hotel des Thermes, the stone market and the horn small factory). Direction towards the South enjoying the beautiful landscape Betsileo composed of terraced ricefields. Main stop at Ambositra for lunch, followed by a small tour of the city to discover the typical Malagasy craft of the region : the marquetry, weaving, and especially wood carving. Then, continue to the village of Ifanadiana, well known for the Ranomafana National Park.

 

LOCATION: RANOMAFANA

ACCOMMODATION: THERMAL

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: 6H DRIVE

 

DAY 08 : RANOMAFANA

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In the morning, departure for a visit at the heart of the wet forest of Ranomafana National Park, a reserved area typical and belonging to the remaining forest corridor longing the East part of the great island. Discovery of the wealth of the endemic biodiversity of the region, such as the rare species and gravely threatened lemurs, many species of rare plants and endemic used by the local population for traditional medecine… Trekking in the forest by following a track longing the forest passing through beautiful waterfall, meeting the rare species on the way. Back to the hotel for lunch. After the long day of tiring morning or visit of the spa source, nap and rest for the end of the day.

LOCATION: RANOMAFANA

ACCOMMODATION: THERMAL

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: 15MN

 

DAY 09 : RANOMAFANA – ISALO

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After breakfast, back to the road for the South to reach the city of Ranohira to meet Isalo National Park. By passing through the city of Ambalavao for lunch, with a small visit of product factory where you have the opportunity to learn the history of the famous Antemoro paper. During the journey, we can often stop to notice the various change of the mountain and rice field landscape. Arrival at Isalo at the end of the day.

LOCATION: ISALO

ACCOMMODATION: ROCK LODGE

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: 6H DRIVE

 

 

DAY 10 : ISALO

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After breakfast, a day dedicated to trekking and discovery of the parc, composed of massif in form of ruin dating from jurassic, discovery of the most beautiful landscape of Madagascar. Hike and visit accross : the canyon of makis, the natural pool, where you can go for a dip, etc… picnic lunch in the park. At the end of the afternoon, back to the hotel, with a stop at the famous window of Isalo to appreciate a breathtaking and spectacular scene of the color of the sun.

 

LOCATION: ISALO

ACCOMMODATION: ROCK LODGE

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: 6H DRIVE

 

DAY 11 : ISALO – TOLIARA – ANTANANARIVO

After the breakfast, this part of our journey continues down the paved RN7 to its end in Tulear on the Southwest coast, introducing us to new scenery among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south. We pass through the sapphire mining boom town of Ilakaka, a frontier town vaguely reminiscent of the Wild West. En-route today we see the locations of different ornate hillside ‘Mahafaly Tombs’, which were built for chiefs and kings and are covered in stones, sculptures and horns. One of the largest tombs has over 700 horns of zebu cattle! As this is a sacred site we will just be passing by. Tomb is adorned Photography is not permitted. We also pass the area of the ‘Antandroy Tombs’. This is the driest part of the country – called the “Deep South” – where the landscape is dominated by cactus-like, spiny forests of different euphorbias. This is an area of dry and sandy soil where the local people battle to find drinking water

 

LOCATION: ANTANANARIVO

ACCOMMODATION: NOVOTEL

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: 5H DRIVE + 1H45MN FLIGHT + 15MN DRIVE

 

DAY 12 : ANTANANARIVO – NOSY BE

Today, your breakfast will be served as early as possible since the flight take off at 6:00am. Transfer directly airport and fly to Nosy Be. On the arrival, we transfer to our hotel, relax for the rest of the day.

 

LOCATION: NOSY BE

ACCOMMODATION: HOME THE RESIDENCE

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD

DRIVE: 15MN DRIVE + 1H55MN FLIGHT + 45MN DRIVE

DAY 13 : NOSY BE (NOSY IRANJA)

This last day, we drive to town for a shopping and purchases some souvenirs at the craft market of La Digue/Lissy Gallery before transfering you to the airport for your external flight.

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After breakfast, around 08:00AM, depature to the famous Nosy Iranja which is located at 1h30 by speedboat from Nosy Be. These two islands are connected by a fine white sandbank which is covered at high tide, and discovered at low tide. This is a paradise island with its turquoise blue colors, white paradise, and green nature. The turtles come there to lay still to date hence its name “Turtle Island”. We see all kinds of birds; terns, some varieties of herons and the passage of sea eagles. Buffet lunch on tables in the shade of coconut trees (crab, grilled fish, kebabs of zebu and shrimp, coconut rice, raw vegetables, tropical fruits). Visit the lighthouse and the authentic village of Greater Iranja. On the course featured, discover the entire virgin coast of the big island (Madagascar) and its miles of wild beaches, sugar loaf (large rock formation mid-course) and Nosy Antsoa, ​​still completely authentic island. After the visit, return back to the hotel around 05:00PM.

 

LOCATION: NOSY BE

ACCOMMODATION: HOME THE RESIDENCE

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD + PICNIC LUNCH

DRIVE: 30MN DRIVE + 1H SPEED BOAT

DAY 14 : NOSY BE (NOSY KOMBA)

 

After breakfast, leave the hotel around 8:00AM with continuing the visit, which is divided by two main stops: The first one in Nosy Komba which is the 2nd largest island after Nosy Be. Visit the Lemurs Park, the fishing village and its traditional pirogues. Visit also the market tablecloths, then cross the village for a moment of shopping with the famous sculptures of Nosy Komba, its craft stalls, smiling faces and colorful. The Second one: Nosy Tanikely, underwater protected nature reserve. Just a mask and a snorkel to dive into a real life-size aquarium. A few meters from the beach, you will see the magnificent spectacle of corals and anemones, myriads of multicolored fish, crustaceans, grouper and lucky sea turtles. Swimming, stroll to the lighthouse to discover the dogfish and lemurs perched in the trees, lizards, chameleons and butterflies will accompany you along the way. After the visit, return back to the hotel around 05:00PM.

 

LOCATION: NOSY BE

ACCOMMODATION: HOME THE RESIDENCE

INCLUSION: HALF BOARD + PICNIC LUNCH

DRIVE: 30MN DRIVE + 1H SPEED BOAT

DAY 15 : NOSY BE – ANTANANARIVO (DEPARTURE)

After breakfast, you will be driven in town for shopping and purchase of some souvenirs in the artisanal market. And then, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Antananarivo. On arrival, another car will pick you up and transfer you to the Ivato international Airport for your external flight.

 

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TRIP INFORMATONS
SAFETY COVID19
  • Tourists Taxes
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport
  • Private car with Air Conditional
  • Driver/Guide with English speaking
  • Visits and excursions (following the itinerary)
  • Guide + entrance fee included for all national parks/reserves
  • Bottles of water (1/day per person)
  • Breakfasts and Dinners
  • 1 local SIM Cards With Internet (1 per person)
  • All Picnic lunch in Tsingy de Bamaraha, Isalo NP and Nosy be
  • All accommodation specified in the itinerary
  • All domestic flight tickets (TNR – MOQ) (TLE – TNR) (TNR – NOS and NOS – TNR)
  • International tickets flight
  • Lunches
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Tips
    • Your guide will manage all programs’ timing
    • During the trip, the following dietary requirement(s) are served: Regular (typically includes meat, fish, milk, sea food, …). If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to us
    • Please note that the feasibility of the tour will depend on the availability of the proposed accommodations
    • We do not take responsibility for any airline schedule changes that may occur after quoting or booking. We will do everything we can to alleviate any disruption of your itinerary or holiday but cannot be held responsible for any loss of funds, bookings, missed connections or other prebooked/paid services.

This tour will take you from Antananarivo to Morondava where the Baobab Avenue is, Tsingy de BemarahaNP, RanomafanaNP, Isalo NP and end up with relaxing on the Nosy be Beach.

 

  • Baobabs Avenue

 

About ten trees 30 meters high border this avenue, of the species Adansonia grandidieri, endemic to Madagascar. Baobabs, over 800 years old, known locally as renala (in Malagasy for “mother of the forest”), are a heirloom of the dense tropical forests that thrived in Madagascar. The trees did not grow in isolation in this dry and bushy landscape but were part of a dense forest which has now disappeared (only 10% of primary forests remain in the country). Over the years, with the increase in the country’s population, forests have been cut down for agriculture, leaving only baobab trees, which locals preserve both out of respect and for their value as a source of food and materials of constructions.

 

  • Tsingy de Bemaraha

 

Located in the western part of Madagascar, about 200 kilometers from Morondava, the protected area of Bemaraha covers more than 150,000 hectares. It is home to the famous Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, one of the most spectacular landscapes of Madagascar and even of the world. The famous Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is the first tourist attraction that makes the western destination of Madagascar a popular destination for tourists. Indeed, the Tsingy are a group of limestone rocks whose formation began several million years ago when the sea still covered the region. Thus, corals and shells have stacked and welded together to form thick layers which have subsequently raised. In the open air, the limestone cracked to give rise to diaclases and canyons. Rainwater that has an acid characteristic has also contributed to erosion by shaping tapered slats and deep tunnels with concretions on the surface. It is a true limestone cathedral characterizing one of the most spectacular natural landscapes of the Great Island and even of the world, hence it’s inscription to the world natural heritage and national cultural heritage of UNESCO. Tsingy de Bemaraha is strongly regarded as a place of endemism because of their richness in plant and animal species where scientists have recorded a high level of endemism of around 80-90%. The protected area of Bemaraha is a true refuge for rare and endemic animal species. There are 17 rare species of reptiles, including the very small chameleon scientifically called the Brookesia perarmata and a species of rodents, Nesomys lambertoni, found only in the park. There are also 11 species of lemurs, six species of birds, and two species of local endemic amphibians. On the flora side, the park abounds with more than 600 species of plants, but the baobabs, aloes and flamboyants remain the first stars.

 

  • Ranomafana NP

 

The Ranomafana National Park is located in the southeast of Madagascar straddling the regions of Upper Matsiatra and Vatovavy Fitovinany. It is 412 km south-east of Antananarivo, 65 km north-east of Fianarantsoa and 139 km west of the town of Mananjary. Terrestrial National Park classified World Heritage Site with its dense low-lying humid forest (600-800m), its dense humid forest of medium altitude (800-1400m), its bamboo forest, its marshland where plant and animal species such as Pandanus, Varecia variegata variegate, Crayfish, Limnogale Mergulus choose as habitat. 6 species of fish, 74 species of insects, 90 species of butterfly including 4 rare species, 350 species of spiders, 6 endemic species of crustaceans and a subspecies of crayfish of the group of Astacoides. 58 species of reptiles, 98 species of amphibians, 115 of the 257 species of birds of Madagascar the majority of which is endemic. 12 species of lemurs, 7 species of carnivorous mammals and 20 species of insectivores, 07 species of bats including Myzopoda aurita, a monogenous that exists only in Madagascar. There are also 13 species of rodents. The Ranomafana forest is of the rainforest type whose hard core considered as primary forest is distant from the road axis. There are Apocynaceae, Euphorbiaceae and Rubiaceae, Dypsis sp and Phloga sp of the family Palmae, Asplenium nidus, orchids of the genera Bulbophyllum and Eulophiella. Large areas of secondary forest are occupied by Psydium cattleyanum of the family Myrtaceae. Tropical hardwoods such as rosewood or Dalbergia sp, maka or Weinmania sp and varongy or Mespilodaphne tapack are also visible. A profusion of rare plants is also identified: ferns, bamboos and hundreds of orchids. Chinese guava occupies more and more spaces and is dispersed by lemurs and frugivorous birds.

 

  • Isalo NP

 

Isalo is located in the south of Madagascar in Ranohira. The park extends over an area of 81,54 hectares. Isalo is home to a population dominated by the Bara ethnic group mixed with communities of various origins who settled there because of the exploitation of sapphire in the surrounding area of Ilakaka. The territory is also a historically rich archaeological site, as it retains the continental plate connecting Madagascar with Africa, two million years ago. A true tourist attraction for its geomorphological singularities, at the same time varied and unique in the world, it is the most visited site on the island. The park is of rock structure that is globally shaped by the erosion of reddish mountainous sandstones dating back to the Jurassic era of 200 million years ago, extending for nearly 100 kilometers in the north-south direction. Its varied sculptural form is a chain of deep canyons, peaks up to 200 meters high, masses of granite and rock blocks of unstable appearance. There are currently 82 species of birds, 33 reptiles, 15 amphibians, and 14 mammals including seven primates. Among these, there are the maki, sifaka, and varika. As far as tourists are concerned, the main attractions are the pedestrian routes which, from the outset, are reminiscent of a decorative façade of the Far West.

  • Climate

The climate is tropical, but cooler in the highlands (dropping as low as 5°C at night in July/August in Antananarivo and Andasibe). The dry season is March to October continuing into November in most areas. The east coast is best March-May and September-November, January-March is cyclone season. The south west area is hot, dry and semi-arid. March-April is the best time for flowers and reptiles. November (spring) is generally the best time for wildlife and birds, but lemurs can be viewed all year round. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable.

  • Altutude
    • Antananarivo : 1300m
    • Morondava : 22m maximum and an average altitude above sea level of 6m
    • Kirindy : 100m
    • Nosy be : 329m

 

  • Equipment

HT Agency Tours offers torches for nocturnal wildlife walks, a water bottle. Please bring camera film (and spare batteries), binoculars and a beach towel and swimwear. Rain proof pants are very handy for walks in the rainforest. Walking poles maybe useful in other national parks. Lightweight walking bootshoes and trainers is recommended. Clothing should be lightweight, but a warm sweater or jacket is advisable as nights at altitude and under desert conditions can be very cold, even in summer and especially in July to September. Rainwear is highly recommended on all tours for the occasional shower. Warmer layers will be required during the winter months.

  • Visa and Passport

Madagascar: An entry visa is required by USA citizens and can be obtained on arrival. The visa is chargeable at 40USD and issued for 30 days. The visa fee is payable in USD or Euro and we advise to take small denominations and a little extra as the USD amount is calculated daily by the applicable rate of exchange. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate. For a single-entry tourist visa, you can apply via the e-visa website: https://evisamada.gov.mg/en/

You will need to print a copy of your evisa approval letter and present this with your passport at immigration upon your arrival. The approval letter will take a minimum of 3 days to be processed so we strongly advise for you to apply within plenty of time (maximum of 6 months prior to your arrival) before your departure. You will be permitted to stay within Madagascar for a maximum of up to 90 days and we strongly recommend for you to read the FAQ section on the e-visa website before applying.

  • Insurance

It is a condition of booking with HT Agency Tours that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude, please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip.

  • Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A plus, Polio and diptheria. Please note that all travellers aged over 9 months old that have travelled from or have transit via a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission, will need to present a Yellow Fever certificate at immigration/borders in Madagascar for inspection. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Following the advice given by the Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we strongly recommend the wearing long sleeved shirts and the liberal application of insect repellent as a precautionary measure to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. These precautions should be taken at all times as the mosquitoes are also active during daylight hours. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure.

  • Food and drink

The costs of meals may vary according to the location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given below are just an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the center of a major city may charge more:

  • Lunch price: 10 USD
  • Dinner price: 17 USD
  • Beer price: 2 USD
  • Watter price: 1 USD
  • Tip

Tipping in Madagascar during your visit is quiet simple cause there is no specific amount for, if a service charge is added to the bill « This is available at the any places you go or company you contract with », tipping is not necessary. If not then, about 10% is reasonable. Usually a local would pay much more or lesser, but a higher tip is expected from foreigners. But basicaly, it depends on how satisfy you are. 

 

  • For safe operation

 

  • Given the fluid nature of local COVID-19 protocols, our itineraries are regularly reviewed and will be modified based on local requirements to ensure a safe experience. If a major change is necessary, we will let you know before departure.
  • Our guide will use their judgment during the trip to modify the itinerary if physical distancing cannot be achieved
  • Our guide will receive in-depth training on COVID-19 protocols and how to conduct our journeys in the “new normal”.
  • Our guide will brief you upon arrival on the use of face masks and physical distancing during the trip, based on local government guidelines.
  • Only restaurants with strict protocols that comply with local food hygiene and physical distancing requirements will be used. We will encourage outdoor dining areas where possible.
  • All of our staff and third party suppliers will be continually informed of new health and safety protocols.

 

  • Transportation Protocols

 

  • Our drivers will follow local protocols on the use of face masks and physical distancing required.
  • Our drivers will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer and tissues in the vehicle and encourage customers to wash their hands when getting into the vehicle.
  • All vehicles will be disinfected (seats, door handles, etc.) regularly throughout the day.

 

  • Protocols for Hotels

 

  • We will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines.
  • We will ensure that these measures include; improved room cleaning, ventilation, physical distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff retraining and minimization of contact within properties

 

  • If You Get Sick

 

  • All of our leaders are trained to help any guest who becomes ill while traveling.
  • We also have an “action plan” in case of suspected COVID-19 cases within the group and are ready to seek medical support at any time.
  • Our guides are supported by our 24/7 based operations team and local partners across the country

 

  • Our recommendations

 

  • We recommend you to bring your own face masks (at least 2 reusable) and an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • We recommend you to check with the airline for their individual COVID-19 requirements prior to departure.
  • We recommend you to check your own government travel advice and meet entry requirements including, but not limited to, COVID-19 testing, pre-arrival health questionnaires, and tracking and traceability in the country, etc

 

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