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Here is a summary of the information you should know before flying off to the country.
Euro replaced franc on January 1, 2002.
Provide cash for small purchases.
Take precautions, Cash dispensers deplete quickly in weekend.
Credit cards are accepted in most restaurants and hotels.
Traveller’s checks accepted.
ATTENTION, CHECKS OUT OF PLACE (ISSUED BY BANK OF THE METROPOLIS) are REJECTED, PREFERABLE TO HAVE CASH.
Some establishments (especially high-end) accept holiday’s checks and restaurant tickets.
Banks opens from 7.30h (or 8 h) to 12h and 14h to 16h, except Saturdays and Sundays.
There are many banks in Fort-de-France, and in some villages.
Certain agencies Agricultural Credit bank open on Saturday from 8h to noon.
Identity Card or passport enough for those who stay in French territories. A return or continuation ticket is theoretically required to entry. For those who want to continue their journey in the ex British islands it needs current valid passport and return ticket
Routine controls, even for those returning from free ports as san-Martín and Saint Barthelemy (attention to cameras).
Mail works well to the West Indies. However, if your shipment is urgent, use Chronopost. Letters and cards should carry word "airplane".
Currency : euro
Population : 394 000 Hab
Density : 358 Hab/sqm
Time zone : GMT -4
Head of state : François Hollande