Official Name: Martinique
Official Languages: French
Spoken Languages: French
Population: 386,486 (2013 est.)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Time Zone: ECT (UTC-04)
Martinique is an island located in the Caribbean Sea. The island is still part of the European Union and uses the Euro as its main currency. The capital, Fort-de-France is the largest city on the island and one of the largest cities within the Caribbean area.
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Martinique is situated north of St Lucia and south of Dominica. The island is volcanic and has a reported number of 8 volcanoes all over the island. The north is extremely mountainous but the south of the island is mostly flat and easier to walk on. Martinique has a tropical temperature. The south is usually dry throughout the year and the north is usually humid and greener. Temperatures can be as high as 31°C (87.8°F) or as low as 22°C (71.6°F).
Geographic data: 14°40 N 61°00 W
Natural hazards: hurricanes and volcanic activity are all risks.
Birth rate: 11 births/1000 people (2013 est.)
Death rate: 8 deaths/1000 people (2013 est.)
Life expectancy: 78.90 years (2011 est.)
You can drive with a full valid UK driving license, most car hire agencies will require you to be at least 25 years of age before they allow you to drive. You will have to drive on the right.
There has not been many serious cases of crime but it is still advised that you keep an eye on all of your belongings and try to avoid travelling alone at night. Make copies of your important documents to cover yourself should these get stolen or lost.
If you hold a British passport, you will not require a visa to visit Martinique. If you hold a different passport then you will have to contact the French Foreign Ministry to check to see if you can enter without a visa.
Your passport needs to be valid for the duration of your trip. No further validity is required on your passport.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Visit your health professional before travelling to Martinique. There has been reported cases of the Zika Virus as well as the Chikungunya virus. Take extra care to avoid these, avoid getting bit by mosquitoes as best as you can. Martinique does have good medical facilities and can deal with most emergencies. It is advised that you have an EHIC card, this can cover you for most expenses should you need medical attention. It is also advised that you have good medical/travel insurance to cover yourself. If you do require medical assistance, dial 15 and ask for an ambulance.
Currently, FCO have not advised to avoid travelling to Martinique. There is a low threat from terrorism.
However, this information could change at any time. It is advised that you check the FCO website before you travel: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Direct Travel Insurance cannot offer cover for any areas or countries to which the FCO advise against travel.
Martinique has a much higher living quality than any other island in the Caribbean. It is has been highly influenced by France and Africa. The island is very popular with French nationals and tourists who are on a budget-considerate vacation. Cuisine is very popular with Martinique, offering unique tastes that blend together African and French foods to create spectacular dishes. Music is also popular with the locals, the music is a slight twist from traditional French music.
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