Traveling in Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe: how to get there

Airplane: the national airline in Guadeloupe is Air Caraibes. It flies between Guadeloupe and Cayenne (French Guyana), Fort-de-France (Martinique), Panama City (Panama), Paris (France), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Saint-Barthélemy and Sint Maarten.

From Europe there are flights with Air France (departure airport Paris, also connections to Miami, Fort-de-France and Cayenne) and Corsair (Paris, Lyon, Brest and Nantes).

Air Antilles Express flies from Guadeloupe to St. Barthélemy and Sint Maarten (Netherlands Antilles), while LIAT offers connections to Antigua. From Canada Air Canada flies to Guadeloupe, from San Juan (Puerto Rico) American Airlines.

Airports: Guadeloupe Le Raizet Airport (PTP) is located 6 km north of Pointe-à-Pitre. Both buses and taxis run from the airport to the city center. You can also rent a rental car.

Ship: Sailing ships and yachts anchor particularly often in Deshaies and St. François near Pointe-à-Pitre. Cruise ships anchor regularly in the Center St-John Perse, the old port complex of Pointe-à-Pitre and in the new cruise terminal.

Shipping companies that offer cruises to Guadeloupe include R oyal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess Cruises and Cunard.

From Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe, ferries run by two companies (daily Brudey Frères and three times a week L´Express des Iles) to Martinique (Fort-de-France).

The company Brudey Fréres also offers connections with large, modern catamarans to Dominica and St. Lucia, L`Express des Iles also sails to Dominica.

The departure times of the ferries change frequently, so it is best to do some research before departure.

Guadeloupe: Visa requirements

As a French overseas department, the same entry requirements apply to Guadeloupe as to France.

Passport
etc.German and Austrians need either a valid passport, a valid temporary passport or a valid identity card to enter Guadeloupe.

Visa
nationals of EU countries (exceptionsRomaniaand Bulgaria) and Switzerland do not require a visa for a stay of a maximum of 3 months in Guadeloupe. This applies to both tourists and business travelers.

Entry with children
For accompanying children, the same visa requirements apply as for their parents. Every child needs their own travel document.

Germany: Own passport for children or a child ID card. Child ID cards are no longer issued in Germany, existing child ID cards remain valid until the expiry date.

Austria: a separate passport is required for children.

Switzerland: Children need their own passport.

Guadeloupe – traveling in the country

AirplaneAir Caraibes fliesdaily between Pointe-à-Pitre, Marie-Galante and Terre-de-Haut.

Ship: Ferries run between Grande-Terre and Terre-de-Haut, Marie-Galante and La Désirade. There are also ferries from Trois-Rivières on Basse-Terre to Terre-de-Haut.
The main ferry companies are Brudey Frères, L’Express des Îles, Colibri, Iguana and CTM Deher.

Car: For travelers who want to get to know Guadeloupe better, a rental car is almost essential. The most important tourist places on the south coast of Grande-Terre can also be reached without a car, for the other regions a vehicle is necessary as the buses only drive the main routes. Many hotels can arrange airport transfers and / or rental cars.

Several car rental companies (including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz) have branches at the airport and in the major holiday resorts. The rental prices start at around 35 euros per day. Book in advance during the high season from December to May.

To rent a car, the national driver’s license must be at least one year old. An international driver’s license is recommended. There is right-hand traffic in Guadeloupe.

Bus: Guadeloupe has a good bus system that connects the capital with all major towns. The buses run between 5.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. on weekdays, less frequently on Saturdays and hardly at all on Sundays. Most bus routes start and end in Pointe-à-Pitre. Bus stops are marked with blue signs, in remote regions you can simply stop buses on the street.

Taxi: There are many taxis in Guadeloupe, but they are expensive. At night, on Sundays and on public holidays, 40% higher prices are charged.

Money Guadeloupe

National currency: the euro has been the official currency in Guadeloupe since 1999. 1 euro equals 100 cents.

Currency abbreviation: €, EURO

Banknotes are issued to the value of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, coins to the value of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 and 2 euros.

Currency exchange is possible in banks and exchange offices (bureaux de change). You can also exchange money in hotels, but the rates are worse here.

Exchange rate euro

Currency converter at OANDA

ATMs: At numerous machines it is possible to withdraw cash with credit and debit cards.

Credit Cards: The major international credit cards (especially Visa, American Express and MasterCard) are accepted in hotels, better restaurants and car rental companies.

Travelers checks are widely accepted and are best made out in Euros.

Foreign exchange regulations: There are no restrictions on the import and export of currencies when traveling within the European Union.
When entering and leaving the EU, cash and checks with an equivalent value of 10,000 euros must be declared.

Bank opening times: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Guadeloupe – important addresses

Tourist Office of Guadeloupe in Germany:
Postfach 140212, 70072 Stuttgart
Telephone: (0711) 505 3511, Fax: (0711) 505 3512
email: [email protected]

Office du Tourisme de la Guadeloupe :
5, Square de la Banque, BP 555, F-97166 Point-à-Pitre
Telephone: 0033 0 5 90 82 0930, Fax: 0033 0 5 90 83 8922
email: [email protected]

As a French overseas department, according to ANSWERMBA.COM, Guadeloupe does not have its own diplomatic missions, the interests of Guadeloupe are represented by the embassies of France. Information on tourist activities in Guadeloupe can be obtained from the French Tourist Offices.

Neither Germany nor Switzerland and Austria have any diplomatic missions in Guadeloupe; the embassies of the respective countries in Paris, France are responsible.

Traveling in Guadeloupe