Martinique, French Caribbean

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Getting to Martinique is possible by many different ways. Martinique is part of the European Union, meaning that European Union passport holders are not required to obtain a visa to travel to Martinique. Nationals of the United States of America and Canada if they are staying less than 90 days in the island, as well as nationals from Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Bosnia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Taiwan (passport bearing identity card number), Uruguay, and (exempt only for Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Martin only), Anguilla, Tortola, Turks and Caicos Islands, Australia, Brazil (except for French Guiana), Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Venezuela.

Nationals from other countries than the one cited in the list will need a Schengen Visa, and might find more information on the French government website according to their nationality.

Getting to Martinique by plane

If you are flying from the US, direct flights to Martinique are available on Air France, American Airlines and Norwegian Airlines from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York, from Atlanta, Boston TF Green Airport and Washington. Flying time from Miami is approximately 3 hours, and 4 ½ hours from New York. US travelers have an easier time getting to Martinique since American Airlines and Norwegian Airlines recently launched a weekly service in high season.

There are also direct flights from Paris (with Air France, Air Caraibes, Corsair, XL Airways) and Montréal (on Air Canada and Air Transat).The flying time is respectively 8 ½ hours from Paris and 5 hours from Montreal.

If you are flying from other Caribbean islands, several airlines offer flights to Martinique, including : Air Antilles Epxress, Air Caraibes, Corsair, LIAT.

From Miami, American Airlines offers 5 weekly flights to Martinique, departing 10:50 am, arriving 2:15pm.

If you come from New York, Norwegian Airlines offers 4 weekly departures (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays), departing 2:10pm, arriving 6:35pm.

From Fort Lauderdale, Norwegian Airlines offers 3 weekly departures, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing 2:15pm, arriving at 6:45pm.

If you come from Boston-TF Green, Norwegian Airlines offers 2 weekly departures, on Mondays and Fridays, departing at 4:00pm, arriving at 9:20pm.

From Montréal, Air Canada offers 1 weekly departure, on Sundays, departing at 8:30am, arriving at 2:30pm. Air Transat offers 2 weekly departures, on Thursdays and Sundays, departing at 7:45am, arriving at 1:50pm.

The airport is located in Lamentin, at 15-min drive from Fort-de-France, the center of the island.

By October 2018, Norwegian will offer new flights to Canada and Guyana from Martinique.

Fort-de-France – Cayenne – 4 flights per week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Departure 17: 35- arrival 21:00 from 31st October 2018 from 139 € one way

Fort-de-France – Montreal – 3 flights per week (Tues, Thurs, Sat)
Departure 08: 00- arrival 12: 15/13: 15 from 1st November 2018 from 169 € one way

Fort-de-France – New York – JFK – 6 flights per week (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun)
Departure 08: 05- arrival 12: 00/13: 00 from 28 October 2018 from 131 € one way

Fort-de-France – Miami-Fort Lauderdale – 4 flights per week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Departure 07: 30/08: 30- arrival 11:10 from 31st October 2018 from 129 € one way

Getting to Martinique by boat

It is also possible to travel to Martinique by boat from Guadeloupe, St. Lucia and Dominica. Depending on the ferry lines, some services are offered daily while others are only provided certain days of the week. Passenger and motor vehicles ferries are both available.The ferry terminal, as well as the airport, is located in Fort-de-France.

The operator, Express des Iles runs multiple trips every week between the Caribbean islands. Fares are 100 euros round-trip. The trip lasts 3 ¾ hours with a stopover on either Dominica or Terre-de-Haut, Les Saintes. Moreover, the departure time of ferries changes according to the season and the day of the week.

 

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