One of the key steps in getting the most out of your trip is doing the necessary planning before embarking on your vacation. This may seem like the most boring part of your journey, but the information gathered will be very useful on your vacation.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

For short stays (up to three months) no visa is required for the following nationalities:

  • Nationals who hold a valid ID card or passport from a European Union member country or other European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Andorra, Monaco and Switzerland.
  • Mainland France residence permit holders (carte de séjour).
  • Citizens of the United States and Canada may enter without a visa for a stay up to three months, however a valid passport is required.
  • All non-residents must have a return flight ticket. Please be advised that the French Overseas Departments (DOM) are not part of the Schengen Area. Schengen visa holders must obtain the DOM visa extension in order to enter Martinique.
  • Ordinary, valid passports: Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Brunei, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, the Vatican, Singapore, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.

If your situation is not listed above, then a visa is required (for St. Lucia and Dominica, visa is required for a stay in excess of 15 days).

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

No vaccines are required, except for travelers from South America and Africa who may be required to present an international yellow fever vaccination certificate.

 

Police Headquarters

  • 3 Rue Victor Sévère
  • 97200 FORT DE FRANCE
  • t: + 596 596 59 40 00 or + 596 596 71 36 90

Emergency Numbers

  • Samu (Medical Emergency)
  • t: + 596 596 75 15 75 or dial 15
  • Sos médecin (Doctor)
  • t: + 596 596 63 33 33
  • Fire Department
  • Dial 18
  • Police
  • Dial 17
  • Sea Rescue (CROSSAG)
  • t: + 596 596 70 92 92

Clothing Recommendations

Bring light clothing as well as something a little warmer to wear on cool evenings, sunglasses, sunscreen and mosquito repellant.

Currency Exchange

CHANGE CARAIBE

  • 4 rue Ernest Deproge – 97200 FORT DE FRANCE
  • Open from Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Open on Saturdays from 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • t: + 596 596 60 28 40

POINT CHANGE

  • 14 rue Victor Hugo – 97200 FORT DE FRANCE
  • t: + 596 596 60 35 56

MARTINIQUE CHANGE

  • 137, rue Victor Hugo – 97200 FORT DE FRANCE
  • t: + 596 596 63 80 33

Money

CURRENCY

Martinique uses the same currency as on mainland France: the Euro. US Dollars are also generally accepted, as well as all major credit cards. Nonlocal checks may be refused by some businesses. There are many ATMs available all throughout the island.

BANKS
– Banks located in Martinique:
– Banque Française Commerciale (BFC)
– Banque des Antilles Françaises (BDAF – Crédit Lyonnais)
– Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP)
– Société Générale de Banque aux Antilles (SGBA)
– BRED – Banque Populaire
– Crédit Agricole
– Crédit Mutuel
– Caisse d’Epargne – Banque Postale

Electricity

Electricity is supplied at 220 volts.

Water

Tap water is potable throughout the island. Both plain and sparkling water are bottled on site at the many mineral water springs.