Participants from France (and Europe) have direct flights with Air France, Air Caraibe, XL Airways France; from the United States and Canada can travel with American Airlines, Air Canada, Air Antilles Express (with a stopover in Haiti). For flights from the Caribbean: Air Antilles Express (Martinique, Port-au-Prince, San Juan, St-Martin); Air Caraibes (Martinique, Cayenne, St-Martin-San Marteen, Haiti, Dominican Republic); LIAT (Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Dominica, St-Thomas, St-Vincent). See also connections from San Juan (Dominican Republic) or San Marteen (Princess Juliana).
*The conference hotel (Creole Beach Hotel & spa) has a shuttle service (for a fee) from the airport to the hotel or from the hotel to the airport: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Taxi rate from the airport to Pointe de la verdure: 35€ (for 1-4 persons)
Negotiated rate at 25€: +590 (0) 690 416564
Guadeloupe is a French department. An identity card is sufficient for Europeans and Swiss nationals, but you need a passport if you are passing through the Princess Juliana airport of Saint-Martin (Dutch side), which is outside the European Union.
– For Canadians and Americans, no visa is required for a stay of less than 3 months.
– For Caribbean nationals: National visas are issued by the Consulate General of France in Washington – the application is filed in Kingston at the outsourced VFS centre (in the DHL premises). The Embassy of France in Saint Lucia can process applications from those who reside in their constituency, namely: Dominica, Saint Vincent, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Tortola, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago.
Barbadian nationals are exempt from visa requirements for all DOM (French Overseas Departments). Citizens from Trinidad & Tobago are exempted only for Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guyane for a period of 90 days over 6 months.
For nationals of St Lucia travelling to Guadeloupe and Martinique (length of stay authorised 15 days) a written official letter of invitation must be provided in addition to a waiver being presented.
All those who require a visa should consult the website: http://www.ambafrance-lc.org to obtain the list of documents required for a short stay visa and the form. They can request an appointment by email at the Embassy of Saint Lucia to submit their application.
WEATHER AND CURRENCY
Guadeloupe covers an area of 1,628 square kilometres, comprising 6 inhabited islands (the two main ones being Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre) and numerous islets. It enjoys a tropical climate tempered by maritime influences and trade winds: divided into two seasons, the dry season, from January to June, and the wet season, from July to December. In Grande-Terre, the average temperatures are between 24°C and 30°C, but depending on the year, they can go down to 21°C and up to 32°C.
Credit cards are accepted by most hotels, restaurants, department stores and boutiques. Automatic teller machines are available in the main towns and cities of the archipelago. Banks are open during the week from Monday to Friday, from 8am to 12pm and in the afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. It should be noted that banks close at noon on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Guadeloupe is a French department that is part of Europe: its legal currency is the Euro. Visa and MasterCard are accepted in almost all shops. Taxes are included in the prices.
The American Express card is less widespread. However, beware of small shops, marketplace, and beachfront restaurants that do not accept credit cards. Traveller’s cheques are accepted in banks and hotels. It’s possible to withdraw money from ATMs with credit cards.
Banks and counters close to the hotels (Pointe de la Verdure, Le Gosier) :