Overseas destinations are closing to tourism because of the pandemic. Traveling to Martinique will be prohibited from 2 February 2021 except for reasons deemed ‘imperative’ such as personal, family, health, or work-related. This provision applies to travelers from all locations, including France and Guyana. The same will apply to the island of Guadeloupe.
This is to avoid the introduction of the “English variant” by a traveler who would be carrying the virus but would not have been tested positively before departure:
- travelers who became infected between their test and arrival in the territory;
- travelers for whom the virus is in incubation during the test.
Public authorities recommend respecting barrier gestures, avoiding public gatherings and busy public places, as well as wearing a mask during this period.
This decision was taken to reduce the incoming tourists from France who usually arrive in February for their holidays and even if they do arrive, it should be with a negative PCR test.
Last December Martinique received around 100,000 according to Agence France-Presse (AFP)
⚠️ À ce jour, les variants #Covid19 ne circulent pas dans les Antilles : nous devons tout faire pour les protéger de ce nouveau risque !— Sébastien Lecornu (@SebLecornu) January 28, 2021
↪️ Des motifs impérieux seront mis en place pour se rendre en Guadeloupe et en Martinique à compter du mardi 2 février. (1/2)
“As of today, the variants of Covid-19 are not circulating in the Antilles region and therefore we must do everything to protect them (Antilles) from this new risk”, tweeted the Minister of Overseas Sébastien Lecornu. “We are going to support the economic sectors impacted by these measures,” he promised.