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Guadeloupe Travel Information

According to itypeauto, Guadeloupe is an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea (North America) forming an overseas department of France. Guadeloupe is also part of the Lesser Antilles. The three largest islands of Guadeloupe are: Basse-Terre, Grande Terre and Marie-Galante. The capital of Guadeloupe is Basse-Terre. A number of large cities in Guadeloupe are: Les Abymes, Baie-Mahault, Le Gosier and Petit-Bourg.

According to elaineqho, Guadeloupe has all the ingredients of a tropical destination. The islands all have beautiful white sandy beaches, clear blue sea water, a colorful nature and a rich culture. The interior is mostly hilly with several volcanoes (highest: La Soufrière – 1,467 m), waterfalls and tropical rainforests. The waters around the islands are ideal for diving, snorkelling, surfing and sailing. Guadeloupe’s economy largely revolves around agriculture (this is reflected in the many banana plantations and sugar cane fields) and tourism.

Where is Guadeloupe located?

Travel information of Guadeloupe

Official name: Guadeloupe
Continent: North America
Area: 1,705 km²
Capital: Basse-Terre
Country code: GP, GLP
Population: 409,905 inhabitants (2010)
Government: French overseas department
Highest point: 1,467 m (La Soufrière)
Distance (Amsterdam – Basse- Terre): 7,030 km
Flight time: approximately 10 hours and 15 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Guadeloupe that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Guadeloupe, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Guadeloupe. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Guadeloupe?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Guadeloupe at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Guadeloupe has a tropical climate.
Temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Guadeloupe can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Guadeloupe can be found at Climate info.

Best time
January, February, March and April are the best months to travel to Guadeloupe. This avoids the rainy and hurricane season.

French is the official language in Guadeloupe. Creole French and English are also spoken on a small scale.
Would you like to translate from or into French for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Guadeloupe for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago (also for Guadeloupe):
Dutch consulate in Guadeloupe:
French Embassy in the Netherlands (also for Guadeloupe):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Guadeloupe it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In Guadeloupe, payment is made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs in Guadeloupe can be found on our ATMs page.

In Guadeloupe it is customary to give a tip of approximately 10%.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 6 hours earlier in Guadeloupe.
During our winter time it is 5 hours earlier in Guadeloupe.
Guadeloupe has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Guadeloupe can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Guadeloupe you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Guadeloupe.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Guadeloupe.

In Guadeloupe you need a travel plug.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Guadeloupe can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112 or 17
– Fire: 112 or 18
– Ambulance: 112 or 15

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Guadeloupe can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Guadeloupe can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Guadeloupe end
Guadeloupe official website:

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Guadeloupe is 00590 or +590.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Guadeloupe? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Guadeloupe Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Guadeloupe.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Guadeloupe.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Guadeloupe.

Public holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Guadeloupe can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Guadeloupe, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Guadeloupe?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Guadeloupe. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Guadeloupe can be found on Protected Planet.
Guadeloupe is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Guadeloupe? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Guadeloupe.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Bananas account for 50% of Guadeloupe’s exports?
…A lot of fruit is grown in Guadeloupe?
…Guadeloupe annually celebrates the feast of the chefs?
…Guadeloupe owes its name to Columbus?
… 400,000 tourists come to Guadeloupe every year?
…Dishes in Guadeloupe are often sharply spiced?

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