Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Madagascar from Friday, September 6, until Tuesday, September 10. He is expected to arrive at Antananarivo’s Ivato International Airport (TNR) at 16:30 (local time) on Friday. The Pope will hold mass and prayers at various locations throughout the capital during his visit. On Monday, September 9, Francis will fly from Antananarivo to Port Louis (Mauritius) before returning to Madagascar later in the day. A farewell ceremony will be held at TNR at 09:00 on Tuesday before Francis flies back to Rome (Italy).
Heightened security measures, including an increase in checkpoints and movement restrictions, will likely be in place around all of the papal events and at the airport. Crowded conditions are anticipated in Antananarivo during the papal visit. Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit the capital and an increased demand for accommodations is likely
Individuals in Antananarivo are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant in large public gatherings, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities. Anticipate increased security measures and localized transportation disruptions (including crowded conditions) near events related to the papal visit.
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