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Martinique Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT -4

Electricity

Electrical current in Martinique is 220 volts, 50Hz. European round pin attachment plugs are in use.

Language

French is the official language of Martinique, but Antillean Creole (Creole Martiniquais) is mostly spoken among islanders. English is typically spoken only in the larger hotels and tourist areas.

Travel Health

Medical and health care facilities in Martinique are on a par with those of France and are considered to be some of the best in the French West Indies. Specialist treatment is also available. There are around 20 hospitals and clinics located on the island, including 24-hour emergency facilities. Travellers should be up to date on common vaccinations such as hepatitis A and hepatitis B, tetanus, and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) before travelling to Martinique, and travellers need proof of yellow fever vaccination.

Visitors from EU countries are entitled to discounted medical treatment and medicines on presentation of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). After Brexit, the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) replaced the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for UK citizens. Medical insurance is advised nonetheless.

Tipping

As in France, tips are usually included in restaurant bills in Martinique and taxes and service charges are included in hotel rates.

Safety Information

There is very little crime in Martinique but visitors should take sensible precautions and avoid isolated areas after dark, and not carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. Valuables and travel documents should, where possible, be left in safety deposit boxes and hotel safes.

Local Customs

Unlike many tropical islands, Martinique has a thriving economy and is not solely dependent on tourism. Relaxed, informal clothing is acceptable around town, but scanty beach wear is considered improper in urban areas. The only officially designated clothing-optional beaches in the French islands are in Guadeloupe and St. Martin, but at hotel pools and at private beaches near hotels in Martinique, topless swimming and sunbathing is common.

Communications

The international dialling code for Martinique is +596. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Mobile networks cover the island; coverage is generally very good, though expensive. WiFi is freely available at all hotels, cafes, restaurants and guesthouses.

Duty Free

Those travelling to Martinique from non-EU member states may import the following goods duty-free: 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g tobacco, two litres of liquor, and perfume in amounts reasonable for personal use. Travellers who are visiting with goods purchased within the EU may bring in 800 cigarettes, 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco, and 20 litres of liquor duty free.

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