Thursday , 23 May 2024
The call from Madagascar relayed by the Vanilla Islands has reached sympathetic ears. On Tuesday, May 20th 2014, France made a welcome move by finally lifting the orange classification from Nosy Be island. Its foreign office's formal statement disclosed that "the deployment of additional human and material resources by and for security forces proved fruitful to the recovery of peaceful security standards noticed over several weeks."

Nosy Be: the orange ban lifted by France

“The orange classification (keep away unless on compulsory account) is lifted.” What a fair breath of air for the Malagasy tourism branch which has been substantially suffering from such a tag caused by a single social isolated though tragic incident. Still, tourism branch professionals have been openly holding the sanction as inappropriately heavy for one of the most secure regions of the island.
France has however suggested the capitalization of the enhancement of security standards in several other areas, namely Toliara and its battery beach, Anakao, the Betroka region, the shores of the Tsiribihina river, Antsiranana and some districts of Antananarivo city. The French ambassador Francois Goldblatt used to announce a response from the French foreign office to be coming within the next few days, and also welcome the new classification of Nosy Be as yellow, which was finally issued right away. He remained adamant on the need to make local security standards reliable to French and European tourists.