Like any other destination in the French West indies, American and Canadian visitors need to have a valid passport, and will need a visa for a stay longer than 90 days. For French travelers, getting to Guadeloupe requires the same documents as traveling within the French borders. Citizens from any other country in the world might be asked for a visa, depending on their country of origin. For further information, check on the website of your embassy.
In order to get to Guadeloupe, you don’t necessary need any vaccination papers unless you are arriving from an endemic area. However, concerning animals, the admissions are temporary. They concern cats or dogs older than three months with bilingual veterinary certificate, and identified by a microchip. For further information about the admission of animals, please contact the Guadeloupe Tourist Office.
If not in excessive quantity, items that are for personal consumption are admitted without additional taxes or formalities. For additional information, you can check the French regulations that are applied at the airport of Guadeloupe. If you have nothing to declare when getting there, follow the signs “Rien à declarer” (Nothing to declare).
Getting to Guadeloupe is possible thanks to more and more companies operating flights. Among them, you will find Air Canada, Air France, Air Caraïbes, American Eagle, Continental Airlines, LIAT, US Airways, US Air and Continental connect with Air Caraïbes in either San Juan or St. Martin, Cubana De Aviacion. Here are some examples of different flight options.
From the United States
You can fly into Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe or Princess Juliana Airport (airport code SXM) on the Dutch side of St Martin. Regional airports enable you to jump from one island to another with smaller planes. Indeed, American Airlines offers several flights per week to Pointe-à-Pitre airport leaving from the U.S., and both American and Delta offer flights to St Martin. Air France also flies direct from Miami and Atlanta to Pointe-à-Pitre.
Since April 6th 2013, American Airlines operates twice weekly direct flights to Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP – Guadeloupe Islands) from Miami.
American Airlines will provide a Boeing 737 aircraft, offering the comfort of 16 business class and 134 economy class seats. The late morning departure will enable passengers to benefit from an easy connection from all over the US, with an arrival in Guadeloupe Islands in the afternoon!
You can fly with Air Canada with direct flights from Montreal (YUL) to Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP). Indeed, the company operate flights every Saturdays and offers additional flights on Thursdays.
Direct flights between Montreal and Pointe-à-Pitre are offered on A319 equipped with 14 seats in Executive Class and 106 seats in Economy Class.
Already on neighboring islands?
You can get into Guadeloupe with LIAT, which flies from Antigua, Martinique, St. Maarten, St. Croix, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Dominica. Air Caraïbes operates around 6 flights a day into Guadeloupe from Martinique, as well as at least one flight a day from French St. Martin, St. Barths and Cayenne.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Therefore, please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
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