Travel to Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe: arrival and transport

How to get to Guadeloupe

Air France flies direct from Paris to Guadeloupe. From Germany you land at Charles-de-Gaulle airport, for the transfer to Paris-Orly airport, where the plane to Martinique takes off, it takes about three hours. Air France gives you a voucher for the bus transfer, otherwise a fee of around 15 euros has to be paid.

Aérogare Guadeloupe Pole Caraibes International Airport is about 10 km from Pointe-à-Pitre and has all the usual facilities – including a large rental car counter and various duty-free shops.

Duty Free

Behind the passport control at Orly Ouest Airport in Hall 3 – almost exclusively Air France flights to French overseas territories start here – there is a duty free shop. The customs regulations in Guadeloupe are the same as when entering the EU from a non-EU country. The same applies to the return flight from Guadeloupe. It should be mentioned that at the airport there, for example, attention is drawn to the fact that duty free to Paris is possible.

Travel in the country

Air connections The neighboring islands of La Désirade, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes, Saint Barthélémy and Saint Martin are served by Air Guadeloupe at least twice a day.

In addition, other operators also offer flights to neighboring countries and the small French islands.

Air Guadeloupe

10 Rue Sadi

Pointe- à- Pitre

Tel: 0059-590-211 290 or 824 700

Air Antilles “>


Tel: 0059-590-211- 393 “>

Air Liberté

Tel: 0059- 590- 930 858

Air Caribes “>

Corsair “>


The buses in Guadeloupe are modern and run regularly between 5:00 and 18:00. The central hub is Pointe-à-Pitre with its three intercity bus stations La Darse on the Quai Gatine for trips to Grand Terre on the south coast, to Mortenol on the north coast and Bergevin to Basse-Terre.

The intercity buses can be recognized by their orange- or green-white color, in Pointe-à-Pitre the yellow-green buses from the TUPP company run.


The island’s approx. 2,000 km long road network is well developed and is also suitable for self-drivers. The traffic rules correspond to the European ones, even if most of the drivers cannot hide their Caribbean temperament.


police: 17 or 821 317

Sea emergency service: 829 108

Ambulance (SAMU): 891 120

Rental cars

At the airport, at the big hotels as well as in the whole interior of the country all big international rental car companies as well as many small local providers are represented.

For a small car you have to calculate about 40 euros per day.

Notes on renting cars

The ADAC provides the following general notes on renting cars, which are also recommended in Guadeloupe:

  • In addition to the national language, all agreements should be in English, if not in German.
  • The total rental price including all ancillary costs should be clearly recognizable
  • When taking out insurance, it is important to ensure that the sum insured is at least EUR 1 million
  • It is best to take out fully comprehensive insurance with no excess
  • Defects in the rented vehicle should be recorded in writing
  • Furthermore, the place of delivery is to be determined and how it is regulated with the tank filling at the time of delivery

Ferry connections

The ferry line L’Express des Iles regularly goes to Guadeloupe and the neighboring islands, there are connections to and from Guadeloupe, Dominica and St. Lucia.

L’Express des Iles

Gare Maritime de Bergvine

Quai Gatine

Pointe- à- Pitre

Tel: 0059- 590- 969 68

Fax: 0059- 590- 911 105

Connections with Marie-Galante, La Désirade and the Saintes des Iles:

At the La Darse ferry port of Pointe-à-Pitre there are well-functioning connections to the islands with various passenger ferries, catamarans or motorized speedboats.

Other ferry docks are in:

Trois Rivières, Basse Terre and St. Francois

Important ferry companies

Trans Antilles Express

Tel: 0590- (0) 590- 831 245

Transports Brudey Frères

To Guadeloupe, Les Saintes, Marie-Galante, Dominique, Martinique and Sainte-Lucie.

Gare Maritime de Bergevin

97110 Pointe- à- Pitre

Tel: 00590- (0) 5 90- 900 448

Fax: 00590- (0) 590- 930 079

Quai Débarcadaire

97112 Grand- Bourg (Marie-Galante)

Tel: 00590- (0) 590- 977 782

CTM Deher

Débarcadère de Trois-Rivières

97114 Trois- Rivières

Tel: 00590- (0) 590- 995 568

Fax: 00590- (0) 590- 995 683

Traffic rules

There is right-hand traffic in Guadeloupe. In order to avoid trouble with the police or even the courts, one should strictly adhere to the traffic regulations in force in the country. The maximum speeds shown can of course be reduced or increased by traffic signs. Regardless of the information given here, it is advisable to obtain detailed information from the ADAC, the AvD or the traffic clubs in the country concerned.

Maximum speeds

In addition to the general speed limits shown, the speed limits indicated by signs must be strictly observed.

  • Urban: in towns, there is a speed limit of 50 km/h• roads: on highways, there is a speed limit of 90 km/h• motorways: on some specific highways there is a speed limit of 90 km/h

    • motorways: on highways, there is a speed limit of 120 km/h

Special regulations

A fire extinguisher must be carried in the car. A jacket or something similar with luminous colors is to be carried.


alcohol limits In Guadeloupe there is a blood alcohol limit of 0.3 parts per thousand for drivers of motor vehicles.

International license plate

The international license plate of Guadeloupe is that of France: F

Guadeloupe: embassies, consulates and tourist office

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Guadeloupe embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of Guadeloupe in Germany

Guadeloupe does not have its own diplomatic mission abroad, this is handled by France. The embassy in Berlin is responsible, and the embassy of the French Republic in Berlin is located at Pariser Platz – in the immediate vicinity of the Brandenburg Gate. The embassy stands on the same ground that the previous representative office was on until it was destroyed in 1945. It should be mentioned that the property has been owned by the French state since 1860. After reunification, it was returned to France. The building was built in 1997 based on plans by the Parisian architect Christian de Portzamparc.

Embassy of the French Republic in Berlin

Pariser Platz 5

10117 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 590 03 90 00

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 590 03 91 10



German representations in Guadeloupe


The Federal Republic of Germany does not have its own embassy in Guadeloupe. The embassy in Paris is responsible (see here >>>).

Honorary Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guadeloupe

c/o ETS Claude Blandin, Immeuble entre Deux Mers, Zac Moudong Sud

97122 Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe

Tel: 00 590 – (0) 590 – 38 93 93

Fax: 00 590 – (0) 590 – 26 83 16


Also responsible for:

  • French Guiana
  • Martinique

Austrian representations in Guadeloupe


The Federal Republic of Austria does not have its own embassy in Guadeloupe. The embassy in Paris is responsible (see here >>>).

Representations of Guadeloupe in Austria


Guadeloupe does not have its own diplomatic mission abroad; France is responsible for this. The embassy in Vienna is responsible (see here >>>).

Swiss representations in Guadeloupe


Switzerland does not have its own embassy in Guadeloupe. The embassy in Paris is responsible (see here >>>).

Representations of Guadeloupe in Switzerland


Guadeloupe does not have its own diplomatic mission abroad; France is responsible for this. The embassy in Bern is responsible (see here >>>).

Tourist offices

Tourist Office of Guadeloupe

PO Box 140212

70072 Stuttgart

Tel: 0711 – 505 3511

Fax: 0711- 505 3512

Maison de la France

Rennweg 42 P.O.

Box 7226

8023 Zurich

Telephone: 0900 – 900 699

Guadeloupe: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

Since Guadeloupe is part of France, no passport is required, an identity card is sufficient for entry.

Import and export of foreign currency

In Guadeloupe, as in Germany, the euro applies, which can be imported and exported in unlimited quantities.

Departure fee

In many countries, a fee must be paid when leaving the country. The departure fee from Guadeloupe is already included in the flight ticket.

Import and export of goods

The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.

Vaccination regulations

All persons who are older than 1 year and who come from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO are required to be vaccinated against a yellow fever disease.

Guadeloupe: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations and Warnings

Infectious diseases

The following infectious diseases can be expected in Guadeloupe:

Malaria, there is no risk of malaria

AIDS, for people who come into contact with blood or non-sterilized syringes or who engage in unprotected sex, there is a risk of HIV infection,


cholera, but there is only a risk of infection for travelers who are traveling with contaminated water or contaminated food can come into contact

Dengue fever disease Intestinal

infections from contaminated food or contaminated water, including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella and worm infestation as well as all kinds of viruses and bacteria

hepatitis A and BHowever, infection with hepatitis B is only to be expected in people who may come into contact with blood or those who seek sexual contact.


sleeping sickness


typhoid, but an infection risk only exists for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food

Recommended vaccinations

when traveling to Guadeloupe, the following vaccinations recommended:

Cholera, but only for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Diphtheria, a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist,

hepatitis A and B also exist in the home country, but a vaccination against hepatitis B is only required for the people that may come into contact with blood or those who sexual Kotakte looking

polio, polio, vaccination against polio should basically always consist in the home country

tetanus, vaccination against tetanus should basically always consist in the home country

typhoid, but only for travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than one year and coming from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against an illness with yellow fever.

Yellow fever vaccination for children

In most of the countries where yellow fever vaccination is mandatory, this also applies to children over 1 year of age, in some countries even from 6 months. It should be noted that

vaccination against yellow fever had a number of side effects, such as encephalitis. Around two thirds of those affected were children under 6 months. Therefore, under no circumstances should children under this age be vaccinated. But children under one year of age should also not be vaccinated if possible. If in doubt, yellow fever infection areas must then be avoided.

Any vaccination against yellow fever may only be carried out in specially authorized yellow fever vaccination centers!

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most people in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007.

There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory additional payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge:



Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)

Yellow fever

Hepatitis A and B

Meningococcal meningitis


Polyo (polio)

Tetanus (tetanus)



Some health insurance companies also reimburse the costs of malaria prophylaxis.

The private health insurances usually (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs.

Guadeloupe: currency, shopping

The national currency of Guadeloupe is the euro = 100 cents.

The following bills are valid and in circulation:







500 euros

Bank opening hours


Friday 7:30 am/8:00 am – 12:00 pm; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


sometimes on Saturday mornings


Shop opening times

Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Some large supermarkets are open continuously until 9:00 p.m. and also on Saturday afternoons.

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs

Nice souvenirs are woven and wicker goods, ceramics and calypso and zouk instruments and the corresponding cassettes/CD’s. There are also Creole dolls, the famous Caribbean rum, flowers, spices and local works of art. There are many small shops in Guadeloupe that sell colorful hammocks, clothing and also French fashion brands. The prices can be compared with those in Europe, but in some cases up to 20% must be added.

Travel to Guadeloupe