Long Stay Retirement Visa in Madagascar

Madagascar, a paradise island with breathtaking landscapes and a rich culture, is increasingly attracting foreign retirees. Indeed, the affordable cost of living, the warm welcome of the Malagasy people, and the tropical climate make this destination an ideal choice to enjoy a peaceful and sunny retirement.

But how to obtain a long-stay visa for retirees in Madagascar? Don’t worry, MDG Services guides you through the administrative procedures and explains everything you need to know to live your retirement under the Malagasy sun.

In this article, the MDG Services team provides a comprehensive guide for foreign nationals who wish to retire in the Big Island, including the required documents and the related administrative fees.

Eligibility requirements for the retirement visa:

To be eligible for the retirement visa, you must:

  • Not have been expelled from Madagascar
  • Not have a criminal record
  • Have sufficient financial means to support yourself during your stay in Madagascar
  • Have a document proving your retired status

Ready to live your Malagasy dream?

If you meet the eligibility criteria and have gathered all the necessary documents, you can then take the first step towards your expatriation to Madagascar: applying for a convertible visa.

Don’t wait any longer! Contact the Madagascar Embassy or Consulate in your home country today to obtain the application form and start the administrative procedures.

What if you don’t have an Embassy or Consulate in your country? Don’t worry, the MDG Services team is here to help you at every stage of your expatriation. From putting together your file to finding accommodation, through administrative procedures and settling in Madagascar, we offer you a personalized and complete service to guarantee you a smooth and successful move.

Documents to be provided for the convertible visa application:

In order to complete your application, you should already have prepared all the following documents:

  • Convertible long-stay visa application form duly completed, dated and signed (to be downloaded from the Embassy website)
  • 01 recent identity photo (to be glued on the application form);
  • An original passport in current validity with an expiry date more than 6 months after the return date. It must contain at least two free pages when the file is submitted.
  • Retirement certificate / Retirement notification
  • Opening of a bank account in Madagascar
  • Bank certificate of an international transfer by the retirement fund or by an external bank with a minimum amount of € 500 / month
  • NB: The certificate of an international transfer issued by a bank in Madagascar is not acceptable.
  • Criminal record extract Bulletin N°3 (less than 3 months original)
  • Certificate of change of residence issued by the town hall in France (A declaration on honour or a certificate signed by the person concerned and stamped by the Town Hall is not acceptable)
  • A copy of the round-trip flight ticket 1 month or a modifiable ticket
  • Fee: €32 (By cheque payable to the Embassy of Madagascar or in cash to be paid only at the Accounting Department of the Embassy)

You have here the list of specific documents for the retired visa application (source Embassy of Madagascar in Paris).

On the other hand, it should be noted that to obtain the visa, opening a bank account is mandatory for the retired visa application, as the person’s retirement pension will be periodically paid into it from the retirement fund. If you need help advising and assisting you with the steps involved in opening a bank account, our team is here to help you.

Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your project and get a free quote. Your new life in Madagascar awaits!