Welcome to the West Indies!
Like jewels emerging from the Caribbean Sea, the French West Indies offer a wealth of exceptional landscapes and activities. Between heavenly beaches, verdant jungles and feverish volcanoes, you’ll never get bored. The West Indians welcome travelers with a smile, and will accompany you on a range of outdoor activities to explore the flora and fauna of these enchanting islands. Despite being part of France, you’ll be amazed at the change of scenery they have to offer. What will be difficult is to choose between Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin or Saint Barthélémy.
Some words and expressions in the language
Guadeloupe and Martinique are in the UTC/GMT- 4 time zone, so there is no daylight saving time. So when it’s 5 p.m. in Pointe-à-Pitre, it’s 11 p.m. in Paris in summer time in mainland France.
To call Guadeloupe, Saint-Barthélémy, Saint-Martin, dial the prefix +590 then the number of your correspondent, removing the first digit 0. For Martinique +596.
To call France from the West Indies, dial the prefix +33 then the number of your correspondent, removing the first digit 0.
We recommend that you keep your vaccinations up to date. As always, it’s important to be protected against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, hepatitis A and B, measles and, possibly, rabies. No vaccinations required, except for yellow fever for travellers from infected areas.
Passport valid 6 months after date of return for French and Belgian citizens, 7 months at time of application for Swiss citizens. For other nationalities, we’ll be happy to help you with all the formalities.
Please note: your passport must not bear an Israeli visa.
Visas required for French, Belgian and Swiss travelers. It is free and can be obtained on arrival on presentation of your passport. Warning! It must not contain an Israeli visa. For other nationalities, we’ll be happy to help you with all the formalities.