SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

Although the violent crime rate is higher in Guadeloupe than in mainland France, criminals don’t usually target tourists.

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and bag-snatching, occurs, including by thieves on motorcycle. There is an increased risk of criminal activity at night, especially in the old town centre of Pointe-à-Pitre, which is a port of call for Caribbean cruises.

  • Avoid deserted beaches and isolated areas after dark
  • Don’t walk alone at night
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash or wear expensive jewelry
  • Ensure that your belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • Never leave personal belongings, such as money, credit cards, cell phones and other electronics, unattended, especially on beaches

FRAUD

Credit card and ATM fraud occurs. Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN

check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements.

More about overseas fraud

STRIKES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

Strikes and demonstrations may cause disruptions to services. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)

HIKING

If you intend on hiking:

  • never do so alone and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • ensure that you’re properly equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back to camp
  • obtain detailed information on trekking routes before setting out and do not venture off marked trails

Hiking on the volcano “La Soufrière” can be restricted by the Prefecture under certain circumstances.

Volcanic activity of the Soufrière – Préfet de la région Guadeloupe (in French)

WATER ACTIVITIES

Coastal waters can be dangerous.

  • Exercise caution when swimming
  • Respect the flag warnings, which provide notice of water conditions and safety risks on beaches
  • Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities
  • If you rent equipment or take scuba diving or sailing classes, ensure that your travel insurance covers such activities

Water safety abroad

CRUISES

Pointe-à-Pitre is a cruise ship stop.

Advice for Cruise Travellers

ROAD SAFETY

Roads are well-maintained but they are narrow and winding. Night driving can be dangerous, especially in the mountains and on rural roads.

There are no street lights.

Be prepared to pay tolls around roads leading to the sea.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

BUSES

Bus services are available in most major towns but operate only during certain hours.

TAXIS

Taxis are safe but expensive. By law, they must contain a working meter.

FERRIES

Ferry services provide transportation to the islands that make up Guadeloupe.

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines