Before you leave Canada
It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you - and any child travelling with you - have all the travel documents necessary to enter in, or transit through, each country on your itinerary. Please ensure you verify the requirements for each country as the required documents for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required on the return.
Please refer to aircanada.com for complete information on travel requirements.
Please refer to aircanada.com for baggage information.
It is recommended that you present yourself at the airport counter of the airline indicated on your voucher 3 hours prior to departure.
Your arrival at destination
Transportation from the airport:
There are various options for travel to your hotel depending on your budget and flexibility. The airport is very wll served by public shuttle buses and taxis. Car rentals are also available
Upon arrival at your hotel, please identify yourself at the front desk with your Air Canada Vacations voucher. You will then be assigned your accommodation. Check-in time at most hotels is 3 p.m.
Your departure from destination
Please inquire about last-minute changes at the hotel front desk.
Hotel checkout times may vary depending on the property but generally you must vacate the room by 12 p.m. (noon).
Duty-free shops are located at the International Airport Aimé Cesaire. After an absence of 7 days or more, Canadian residents are permitted to return with a maximum of $750 CAD of merchandise per trip without paying duty. Each time you leave Canada for at least 48 hours, you are eligible to declare up to $200 CAD of merchandise. A written declaration may be requested. Each adult is allowed 1.1 litres (40 oz.) of liquor and one (1) carton of cigarettes. If you include cigarettes, tobacco sticks and loose tobacco in your personal exemption allowance, only a partial exemption will apply. You will have to pay a minimum duty on these products unless they are marked “Canada - Duty paid”. Canadian-made products sold at a duty-free shop will be marked in this way.
Procedures are the same as for departure from Canada.
During your holiday
For inquiries relating to extension of stay or change or hotel changes, contact Air Canada Vacations Customer Care:
You can ask for a doctor or dentist through your hotel. Keep all your receipts.
Credit cards are accepted. ATMs can also be found all over the island. Interac debit cards can be used in ATMs.
The currency in Martinique is the Euro whose value is quoted in the business section of major newspapers.
Long distance calls
Martinique has modern communication facilities: telephones, fax machines, Internet, and WiFi. For phoning, there are international connections, cell phones, and many telephone booths in towns and urban centres. All telephone numbers in Martinique have 10 digits, beginning with 0596 for land-line phones and 0696 for cell phones.
To call abroad from Martinique, dial the code for international calls (001), then the country code, and then the phone number.
To call Martinique from abroad, dial the code for international calls (011 from Canada), followed by the country code (596), then 596 (or 696 for cell phones), and then the rest of the phone number. Note that the «0 » is dropped from 0596 and 0696 when calling from abroad.
International credit cards are widely honoured.
With exquisite and diverse craftworks, madras, pottery, wickerwork and rum, you will be able to shop for unforgettable gifts and souvenirs. Martinique has the reputation of offering a Parisian shopping experience at the heart of the Caribbean, so you are bound to find exactly what you were looking for.
Rental cars, taxis and buses are easily accessible.
Driving is on the right side of the road, like in the U.S. A valid driver's license is needed to rent a car. Minimum age is 21. Most car rental companies in Fort-de-France are open 8 a.m. to noon or 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 until 5 or 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. on Saturdays. At International Airport Aimé Césaire, hours depend on international flight schedules. Rates can begin as low as 35€ a day or 215€ a week, including taxes, insurance and unlimited mileage. Major credit cards are accepted.
Optional excursions are a great way to enhance your Air Canada Vacations holiday. Choose from a wide variety of activities and excursions available at your destination.
All taxes are included in the prices in Martinique. Tipping is at client’s discretion.
Tap water is safe to drink.
Local power is 220 volts, a/c, 50 cycles. We suggest that you bring your converter and electrical adapter (120 volts).
French and Creole. English is spoken in tourist areas.
Two Catholic cathedrals and a large number of parish churches illustrate the importance of Catholicism on the island. However, many religious communities also have their place here, including the Adventist Church and Jehovah's Witnesses.
GMT -4 hours
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