There is no advisory in effect for Martinique. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Demonstrations occur and have the potential to suddenly turn violent. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.
Roads are paved and well maintained. Traffic safety is enforced by police. Night driving can be dangerous, especially in the mountains and on winding rural roads.
Public transportation by van and taxi is relatively safe.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the French authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with one of the Consulates General of France for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Martinique, which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of your expected departure from France. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
Customs officials may ask you to show them a return ticket or a connecting flight.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days
Long-stay or residency visa: Required for stays more than 90 days
Professional visa: Required
Student visa: Required
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Canada and France are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in France to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and French authorities.
Although France recognizes dual citizenship, dual citizens are considered French citizens and are subject to French laws. Consult our publication entitled Dual Citizenship: What You Need to Know for more information.
French customs authorities may enforce strict regulations for Martinique concerning temporary import or export of items such as firearms, medications and animals. Contact the Embassy of France in Canada or a French consulate for specific information regarding customs requirements.
The currency is the euro (EUR).
If you are interested in purchasing property or making other investments in Guadeloupe, seek legal advice from appropriate professionals in Canada and in this country before making commitments. Disputes arising from such activities could be prolonged and costly to resolve.
Natural Disasters & Climate
Guadeloupe is located in an active seismic zone.
The hurricane season extends from June to the end of November. The National Hurricane Center provides additional information on weather conditions. Stay informed of regional weather forecasts, and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.
Register your travel plans
There is no resident Canadian government office in Martinique. Canadians can obtain consular assistance and further information from the High Commission of Canada in Barbados.
Bridgetown - High Commission of Canada
Bishop's Court Hill, St. Michael, P.O. Box 404, Bridgetown, Barbados BB11113
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For emergency assistance after hours, call the High Commission of Canada in Bridgetown, Barbados, and follow the instructions. You may also make a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.