Travel Advice for Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe
Capital: Basse-Terre

Time Zone GMT - 4
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 590
IDD: International direct dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 19
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Police - 17, Fire and Ambulance - 18.
Tourist
Information
Office du Tourisme, BP 422, 5 Square de la Banque, 97163 Pointe--Pitre, Guadeloupe, Tel: 820 930 Fax: 838 922.
Passport
Information
All travellers must have a valid passport except: EU Nationals and nationals of Andorra Liechtenstein, Monaco and Switzerland, who may travel holding an expired passport provided it expired within the last 5 years, or a valid national ID card. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short term change. Contact the Embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
See France, but specify Guadeloupe when making application.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from visitors over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink.
Currency French Franc (Ffr) = 100 centimes.
All major credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques in French francs are welcomed.
ATM availability: Unavailable
Cost of
Living
Expensive due to a 15-30% tax levied on services depending on the time of year.
Languages French. Patois and English are widely spoken.
Weather Warm weather all year round. Main raining season June - Oct. High humidity at times.
Electricity 110/220 volts AC, 50 Hz.
Post Post will take Approx. 1 week to Western Europe.
Transport SEA: Regular ferry services move around the island.
BUS: There is a good bus service.
CAR HIRE: Many companies are present.
DOCUMENTATION: National driving licence is sufficient. One years driving experience is required. IDP is advised.
Special
Information
Guadeloupe is a French overseas department and the French culture is clearly evident.