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Guadeloupe

Capital
Basse-Terre
Time Zone
GMT – 4
Telephone Services
Country Code: 590
Outgoing Code: 19
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Police – 112, Ambulance – 434. All services – 911.
Tourist Information
Police – 17, Fire and Ambulance – 18
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.