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 Martinique - Formalities

Clearance

ARRIVAL FORMALITIES

General process:

Upon arrival vessels should fly the French courtesy flag (not the Martinique one) and proceed to a Customs and Immigration computer in one of the official ports of entry as soon after arrival as possible.
The computers can be found in chandleries, marinas, restaurants and tourist offices.
On the computer you do your own entry, print it out and then have it stamped by a Customs officer or business owner/worker.

Computers are available in locations which include:

Fort de France: Sea Services Shipchandler.

Anse Mitan: Somatras Marina Office.

Grande Anse D'Arlet: Le Petit Bateau.

Le Marin: The Capitainerie.
Note: The Capitainerie officers may request to see the original ship's registration papers as copies are not accepted.

St Pierre: L'Alsace A Kay Bar or Office Municipal de Tourisme.

Note: the tourism computer has been reported as frequently out of service.

CLEARING OUT

Clear out at one of the official port computers during business hours to obtain a clearance certificate.

Last updated:  December 2018

Immigration

Immigration Procedure:

For short stays (up to three months) no visa is required for the following nationalities:

  • Nationals who hold a valid ID card or passport from a European Union member country or other European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Andorra, Monaco and Switzerland.
  • Mainland France residence permit holders (carte de séjour).
  • Schengen visa holders must obtain the DOM visa extension in order to enter Martinique.
  • Ordinary, valid passports: Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Brunei, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, the Vatican, Singapore, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.
  • If your situation is not listed above, then a visa is required

For details on how to get a visa see the Official France Diplomatie website.

If a visa is required, note that the visa application must specify "France + Martinique".

Incoming Crew and Guests:

Crew and guests joining a boat sometimes experience difficulty with Immigration officials if they are unable to show an onward ticket and proof of financial means. Captains of yachts expecting crew and guests are advised to contact Immigration in advance.

Last updated:  January 2019

Customs

Arriving By Yacht:

Restricted goods, such as drugs, firearms and ammunition, must be declared on arrival. Boats visiting Martinique may stay up to 18 months under temporary admission for tourism.

If leaving the boat in bond and flying out of Martinique, special permission from Customs must be obtained and this period is suspended until one's return. For more information about leaving a yacht in Martinique contact the Customs office in Fort-de-France.

Arriving By Air:

Parts brought in by air are subject to tariffs.

Importing Parts/Spares:

Yachts in Transit can import ship stores and parts duty-free (known as the PST procedure). As a rule of thumb, if the value of the parts involved are more than 1.250€, then the cost of this procedure might be effective versus the duty/VAT savings as compared to purchasing locally.
Yachts in Transit can also have repairs and maintenance done VAT free on parts and labour (known as the PA procedure). As a rule of thumb, if the value of the parts & labour involved is more than 5.000€, then the cost of this procedure might be effective versus the VAT savings. With advance planning, combining the “PST” and “PA” procedures can save visiting yachts up to 20% on customs duties, import taxes and VAT. The yacht will need to do some diligence prior to engaging these procedures, because there are some VAT exemptions such as on engines and their spares.

See the Marina Marin customs guide for more details.

*Yacht-in-transit: any yacht that is within the 18 month visitation window allowed between its clearance in and its clearance out.

Last updated:  January 2019

Customs
Fort-de-France Bay, Martinique
Tel:+596 596 60 31 90

Health

The island has several well-equipped hospitals and clinics that have a good reputation for providing quality health care. Ambulances are available. Most medical professionals are French-speaking only. Payment in advance is often expected. Make sure you have accessible funds to cover the cost of medical treatment.

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases:

Be sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines.

Food and Water Concerns:
Island water is potable.

Ciguatera is present and consumption of fish containing toxins can cause serious illness (paralysis and low blood pressure) and very unpleasant symptoms (itching, numbness, dizziness).

Mosquito-borne Diseases:
Chikungunya, dengue fever, malaria, West Nile virus and Zika virus have been reported.

Because of the risks to pregnancy, travelers should consult the CDC Travelers’ Health website for the most current recommendations for Zika.

Prevention

  1. Use a repellent containing 20%-30% DEET or 20% Picaridin on exposed skin. Re-apply according to manufacturer's directions.
  2. Wear neutral-coloured (beige, light grey) long-sleeved clothing.
  3. Pre-soak or spray outer layer clothing and gear with permethrin.
  4. Ensure that hatch and window screens work properly.

Parasitic Infections:
Diseases transmitted by sand flies and ticks are present.

Plants and animals:
Be aware of the Manchineel tree (from the Spanish “manzana”, meaning apple). It’s 2 and 5 metres tall and resembles an apple tree. Found in dry and sandy soils (beaches), contact with any part of the tree can cause severe burning.

Emergency Numbers:
See Emergencies.

Last updated:  December 2018

Hospital Pierre Zobda-Quitman
CS 90632 – 97261 Fort de France Cedex
Tel:596 596 55 20 00
A 570 bed hospital with emergency department. Accessible by bus.

Documents

Necessary Documents for Martinique:

  • The original of your vessel documentation — with current stamp — or state registration.
  • Passports for the entire crew.

Fees

Clearance Fee:
Free with small administrative charges at each location.

Port Tax:
Variable.

Customs Tax:
No customs charges are made for EU countries and US yachts, although yachts from some other countries may have to pay some fees calculated by day and tonnage.

Last updated:  January 2019

Clearance Agents

Douglas Yacht Services (DYS)
Bâtiment 4 RDC , Port de Plaisance , 97290 Le Marin
Tel:+596 596 52 14 28, Mob./Cell : +596 696 45 89 75
DYS have arranged with customs to be a ONE STOP customs portal for visiting yachts. They have a “transit bonded warehouse” to facilitate handling of any specific demands for example: shipments arriving in advance of the yacht’s arrival.

Pets

When visiting the French Islands of St. Martin, St. Barth’s, Guadeloupe and Martinique by boat, pets do not require an import permit and you may not be asked to declare them. However having proper documents on hand is always recommended:

  • Your pet must be at least three months old (under 3 months old and not vaccinated for rabies may enter if they have a veterinary certificate and have stayed in the country of birth without contact with wild animals likely to have been exposed to infection or are accompanied by their mothers on whom they are still dependent.)
  • You should have an international health certificate stating that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies with 1-3 years (depending on the vaccine) and no less than 30 days prior to departure. The certificate must be in French and English, or accompanied by an official translation.
  • Your pet will need to be microchipped and the ID number recorded on the health certificate.
  • If you are traveling with a dog, it needs to be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, and Adenovirus. If you are traveling with a cat, it needs to be vaccinated against Feline Leukemia, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calcivirus, Feline Panleukopenia and Feline Pneumonitis.
  • Proof of treatment for internal and external parasites should be noted on the health certificate.

Last updated:  December 2018

Kelly Ran
Kelly Ran says:
Jan 16, 2019 11:20 PM

Be careful sailing the east coast (especially northeast coast). We saw many strings of fishing buoys tied up with floating line. It is nearly impossible to see these buoys from afar due to the swell. Steer clear of them!!!! We were offshore at least 3 nm.

Andrew
Andrew says:
Dec 10, 2018 02:54 PM

Be careful when approaching Anse Arlet and Grand Anse Arlet .... there are a very large number of fishing bouys out there. I only mention it for these bays in particular as the bouys are actually clear pop bottles and are virtually impossible to see in anything but very bright sunlight and small waves.

barbara gladney
barbara gladney says:
Dec 25, 2018 07:35 PM

Thanks for this info. He is exactly what we are looking for to fix our Yamaha outboard. Barbara Gladney, s/v Destiny

Katla
Katla says:
Mar 23, 2018 09:51 PM

Le Marin:

If you are in Marin to have something fixed, and need professional help, I warmly recommend Igor. He is swedish, lives on his boat in Marin, and is able to fix anything, and does not charge much. He is working so he can keep sailing, and he is very good at both. He fixed our outboard engine, when the Honda workshop had given up, and we had too. Now it's running like it never did before. Igor has been a mechanic for 15 years, has many stories to tell, and can be found on his boat "Mistral", close to the Leader Price and of Marin.

Equilibre
Equilibre says:
Feb 10, 2017 02:36 PM

Whilst crossing the channel between Martinique and Saint Lucia, a whale passed under my catamaran and struck the left hull, causing a tear below the water line. Talking with the harbour master, it is the third collision since December. Be careful.

rochero
rochero says:
Jun 09, 2016 09:57 PM

Propane tank: Be aware that you cannot fill your propane/LPG tank in Martinique: You can only exchange it. We ended up buying a campingaz tank (little blue tank, 3 kg) and regulator...

Thalahan
Thalahan says:
Feb 21, 2016 01:22 AM

when arriving from the South Saint Anne's bay is very convenient. Go ashore here and check in at Snack Bou Bou just beside the church. Be careful at the dinghy pontoon, your dinghy will dissappear underneath so use a stern anchor or lift the front out to prevent it from sliding under. The Marina Le Marin located in Cul De Sac is good. Stern-to pontoon with buoys at the bow. Marina staff will help with this. Spacing is generally good. Frequent squals and wind is typical in Martinique, but surroundings are nice. Plenty of live-aboard yacht people who tend to work in and around the marine facilities. The Carinage (haul out area) has just been renewed and has three cranes and brand new concrete base. Recommend this for renewing your anti foul or getting repairs done. Good selection of chandlers in the area, prices are reasonable compared to Grenadines. In fact the whole island is class above all islands south of here. Good supermarkets and restaurants.

Neptune2
Neptune2 says:
Jun 11, 2015 02:03 AM

Fort de France Dinghy Issue
We were (10th June 2015) anchored in Fort de France and made am arrangement with two other cruisers to meet ashore for a picnic. We were last to arrive and whilst approaching the dinghy dock saw three local youths aged about 18 untie our friends dinghy and kick it free. The wind was blowing off shore and we retrieved the dinghy on our way in. The three youths saw us tie the dinghy up and in a threatening manor told us to keep quiet. Please ensure your dinghys are locked to the dock and take care in this city.

svwindhorse
svwindhorse says:
Jan 16, 2014 03:31 AM

Clearance at Petite Bateaux in Grand Anse is no longer available, however clearance at Cyberbase (an internet cafe)in a container-like building on the waterfront at Les Anses D'Arlet is available.

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