Time Zone
GMT – 4
Telephone Services
Country Code: 596
Outgoing Code: 19
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police – 17, Fire/Ambulance – 18
Tourist Information
French West Indies Tourist Office, 178 Piccadilly, London, W1V 0AL Tel: (020) 7629 2869 Fax: (020) 7493 6594.
Passport Information
Passport requirements as for France. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact embassy before departure.
Visa Information
As for France.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Tuberculosis.
Food & Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
French Franc (FFr) = 100 centimes Exchange: US and Canadian Dollars are widely accepted.
All major credit cards are accepted, as are travellers cheques, preferably in French francs US dollars. ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of Living
Expensive, especially in the tourist centres.
French (Creole dialect).
Warm all year round with most rain falling during the Autumn, although showers can occur all year round. Upland areas are cooler.
220/380 volts AC, 50 Hz.
1 Week. Airmail must be sent from post offices.
SEA: Scheduled ferries operate between the main ports. ROAD: The system is well developed and surfaced. BUS: A limited service operates. TAXI: Government controlled, plentiful and reasonably cheap if shared. CAR HIRE: Excellent car hire facilities are available. Bicycles can also be hired. DOCUMENTATION: An IDP is recommended, but a national driving licence is sufficient providing the driver has at least one year’s experience.
Special Information
The French influence is clearly evident. The usual social courtesies should be applied.