SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

The crime rate is low. Petty theft, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, and theft from cars occur, mainly in the capital, Fort de France, and its port. Do not carry large amounts of cash or wear expensive jewellery. Leave your passport and other travel documents locked in your hotel safe. Never leave personal belongings, such as money, credit cards, cell phones and other and electronics, in your rental car or unattended, especially on beaches. Avoid deserted beaches and unpopulated areas after dark. Do not walk alone at night.

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)

ROAD SAFETY

Driving standards are fair. Many roads, though paved and well-maintained, are narrow and winding. Night driving can be dangerous, especially in the mountains and on rural roads. Traffic jams occur around Fort de France during morning and evening commuting hours. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Public transportation by bus, van or licensed taxi is relatively safe. Both urban and inter-city bus transportation is available in Martinique.

CRUISES

Fort de France is a cruise-ship stop. See Advice for Cruise Travellers for tips to ensure your well-being during a cruise.

WATER SPORTS

Ensure that your travel insurance covers such activities as scuba diving and sailing, should you decide to rent equipment or take classes.

FLORA AND FAUNA

Beware of Manchineel trees, found on trails and some beaches, particularly on the south coast. All parts of the tree contain strong toxins, including a highly toxic sap. Rainwater dripping off them can cause skin rashes and blistering. The trees are usually marked with a band of red paint.

Though rarely seen, the venomous fer-de-lance viper snake resides on Martinique. The snake’s bite is highly toxic and sometimes fatal unless an antivenin injection is administered.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Dial 18 for the fire department, 17 for the police and 15 for ambulance.

AIR TRAVEL

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

General information about foreign domestic airlines