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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.

Clearance is generally free of charge (perhaps with a small charge for use of the computer).

Clearance computers are available in a number of locations including:

Fort de France: DCML, Sea Services Shipchandler, Port de Plaisance.

Grande Anse D’Arlet: Cyber Base du Bourg.

Le Marin: Snack Boubou or Marin Marina.

St Pierre:  Office Municipal de Tourisme and L’Alsace a Kay Restaurant.

La Trinite: Mobile Customs Unit in town.

CLEARING OUT

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

Note: Departments of France (St Martin, St Barths, Guadeloupe and Martinique) all require you to clear out of one, before sailing to another.

Last updated:  August 2023

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  1. May 25, 2023 at 8:34 PM
    perryfamily99 says:

    Any recommendations of where to get parts shipped into?

  2. March 27, 2023 at 11:13 AM
    Jacqueline King says:

    Contact info for mooring balls Fort saint- Louis please

    1. March 27, 2023 at 11:30 AM
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      Sue Richards says:

      Hello, last we heard there were visitor moorings available in this bay in Fort de France, however we have no booking information. It’s simply a matter of turn up and see if there is one available. Alternatively anchor. More info. at https://www.noonsite.com/place/martinique/fort-de-france/view/docking/. Please do feed back info. via comments if you visit Fort de France.

  3. April 21, 2022 at 11:47 AM
    fredladon says:

    What are the requirements for entering Martinique by sea as of April 21, 2022?

    1. April 22, 2022 at 9:34 AM
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      Sue Richards says:

      Hi Fred, thanks for your question. Full details are here – https://www.noonsite.com/place/martinique/formalities/#biosecurity-section. I’ve reviewed the Government website (best source for updates: https://www.martinique.gouv.fr/Politiques-publiques/Environnement-sante-publique/Sante/Informations-COVID-19/Les-transports/COVID-19-Deplacements-en-provenance-et-a-destination-de-la-Martinique-a-compter-du-1er-Avril-2022) and nothing has changed except on-island restrictions have eased this month. Basically it depends where you are coming from. If you are vaccinated, you are pretty clear to come in with no issues unless you are coming from a colour-coded country (there’s a link to the list in biosecurity). Then you need a pre-test. If you are not vaccinated it’s not so easy to get in. Let me know if you have anymore questions.

    2. April 22, 2022 at 11:35 AM
      fredladon says:

      Thanks Sue. We are working our way to St Kitts. Noonsite really helpful.

    3. April 22, 2022 at 12:00 PM
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      Sue Richards says:

      Good to hear Fred! Do keep the feedback coming – every little bit helps! Fair winds.

  4. October 14, 2021 at 3:45 PM
    jhicks says:

    The. restrictions for travel into and between French Overseas Departments has now been lifted (Oct 14, 2021). If this article is accurate, all you need is proof of vaccination.

    https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/compelling-reasons-for-travel-lifted-between-french-islands

  5. October 30, 2020 at 10:10 AM
    nepal says:
  6. October 28, 2020 at 5:11 PM
    steevens says:

    There is a very good welding shop in the marina of Le Marin. The name is INOXALU and they are specialized in Biminis and arches. We were really very satisfied! You can contact them on +596 696 17 67 02
     

  7. April 29, 2020 at 6:07 PM
    farouba says:

    Please correct that : « Only EU Boats with EU citizens on board are authorized to anchor in Martinique. » and for other French islands. The official last décret text, own one article about passenger ship mentioning nationalities concern, the next one concerning pleasure ship mention only flag concern. Thanks to correct because is very anxiously for us, we are a French flag with French and Vénézuela citizen… we was afraid to be oblige to remain for couple of month, or years, who know, at sea on the international waters!

  8. November 7, 2019 at 4:09 PM
    surleau says:

    If you’re looking for someone to repair your fridge we highly recommend Pascal from Nautic Froid. Very professional, knows his stuff! Also reasonably priced. You can contact him on +596 696 22 71 13

  9. August 28, 2019 at 8:47 PM
    mariasy says:

    If you need mechanical/engine help we can really recommend the Swedish guy Igor who lives on his boat Mistral in Marin. We had problems with our engine and Igor helped us to fix the problem. He definitely knew what he was doing and he solved the problem within a few hours. An extra plus for the reasonable cost and his excellent sense of humour. To get in contact with Igor call him on +4672-870 02 29.

  10. January 16, 2019 at 11:20 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Be careful sailing the east coast (especially northeast coast). We saw many strings of fishing buoys tied up with a 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.

  11. December 25, 2018 at 7:35 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

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

  12. December 10, 2018 at 2:54 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Be careful when approaching Anse Arlet and Grand Anse Arlet …. there are a very large number of fishing buoys 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.

  13. March 23, 2018 at 9:51 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 change 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.

    1. June 24, 2019 at 1:11 PM
      trimmer1 says:

      While a decent enough mechanic Igor is untrustworthy. I sent him £500 for a ticket to antigua to help me skipper my boat. He said he arrived at the airport and they wouldn’t let his dog on the flight and then decided I owed him the money (I didn^t) and was therefore just going to keep the money. Do not trust this man, get job done and then pay.

  14. February 10, 2017 at 2:36 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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.

  15. June 9, 2016 at 9:57 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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…

  16. February 21, 2016 at 1:22 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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 disappear 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 squalls and wind are typical in Martinique, but the 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 antifoul or getting repairs done. Good selection of chandlers in the area, prices are reasonable compared to Grenadines. In fact, the whole island is a class above all islands south of here. Good supermarkets and restaurants.

  17. June 11, 2015 at 2:03 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Fort de France Dinghy Issue
    We were (10th June 2015) anchored in Fort de France and made an 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 friend’s dinghy and kick it free. The wind was blowing offshore and we retrieved the dinghy on our way in. The three youths saw us tie the dinghy up and in a threatening manner told us to keep quiet. Please ensure your dinghys are locked to the dock and take care in this city.

  18. January 16, 2014 at 3:31 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    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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