The time difference of Madagascar compared with the UK is only +2 hours during summer, whereas the time difference with EST in the US is +7, adding another hour in winter.
In Madagascar, the electrical current standard is 220 volts AC, 50Hz, and plugs are generally two-pin. Power blackouts are usual, so carry a torch with you. In many areas, hotels operate their own generator.
The official currency of Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA). There are banknotes of 10,000 MGA, 5,000 MGA, 2,000 MGA, 1,000 MGA, 500 MGA, 200 MGA and 100 MGA. While there are coins from 1 up to 50 Ar.
The largest note of 10,000 MGA is worth about $3 USD, £2 GBP.
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