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Martinique Travel Information

According to mysteryaround, Martinique is an island and overseas department of France, located in the Caribbean Sea (North America). Martinique is part of the Windward Islands. The capital of Martinique is Fort-de-France. A number of major cities in Martinique are: Le Lamentin, Le Robert and Sainte-Marie.

According to remzfamily, Martinique is mostly hilly and covered with large areas of tropical forest. The coastline consists mostly of black sand beaches in the north and white sand beaches in the south. In the clear waters around Martinique you can practice various water sports such as sailing and diving. In Martinique you will also find Mont Pelée, a volcano with a height of 1,397 meters. This volcano is known for the great eruption of 1902 that killed the entire population of the nearby town of Saint-Pierre. Martinique’s economy largely revolves around agriculture (especially bananas) and tourism. The island is also known for its excellent rum varieties.

Where is Martinique located?

Travel information of Martinique

Official name: Martinique
Continent: North America
Area: 1,102 km²
Capital: Fort-de-France
Country code: MQ, MTQ
Population: 400,535 inhabitants (2010)
Government: French overseas department
Highest point: 1,397 m (Mont Pelée)
Distance (Amsterdam – Fort-de-France): 7,109 km
Flight time: approximately 10 hours

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

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Martinique 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 Martinique, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Martinique. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

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

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

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

French is the official language in Martinique. Creole is 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 Martinique 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 Martinique):
Dutch Consulate in Martinique:
French Embassy in the Netherlands (also for Martinique):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Martinique, 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 Martinique, payment is made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs in Martinique can be found on our ATMs page.

In Martinique it is not customary to tip. Service costs are automatically added to the bill.

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

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

Electricity In Martinique you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets in Martinique 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: 17
– Fire: 18
– Ambulance: 17 or 18

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 regarding Martinique can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Martinique can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Martinique end
Martinique official website:

The country code (international access number) to call someone in Martinique is 00596 or +596.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Martinique? 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 Martinique Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Martinique.

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

An overview of all public holidays in Martinique 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 Martinique, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Martinique?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Martinique. 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 Martinique can be found on Protected Planet.
Martinique 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 Martinique? 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 legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Martinique.
– 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…
…Banana export is the main source of income?
…Martinique was originally populated by Indians?
…A volcanic eruption in 1902 killed almost all the inhabitants of the capital?
…Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife was born in Martinique?
…Martinique is visited annually by more than 500,000 tourists?

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