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I'm almost positive starting at the end of next month to get off the ship in Fort-de-France Martinique, US passengers are going to be required to show a passport to get off the ship. It's the French remember, 1st island in the Caribbean to do that. Later Todd

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I saw this. Ridiculous. Especially when a lot of us go snorkeling or swimming or other outdoor activities where the less items, the better. We wont be there until next December 2020.  I can only imagine the lines to get off. Will there be customs there for everyone? This is not going to be pleasant trying to get 3000 people off of a ship showing their passport.

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It's always something, when I handed Christelle (Karambola) a $100(US) bill and she said she couldn't take it, I knew in some capacity there was going to be problems with Martinique. Now they take US currency BUT you have to have a US Passport to get off the ship. What a farce. 

I have a feeling many who had planned on getting off the ship in Fort-de-France wont be, especially US passengers. It doesn't take much especially for seniors to not get off the ship anymore.  I'll be back on Martinique in Dec. 2020, I was there last Dec., really enjoyed the island, I'm looking forward to going back. 

Actually I'm not sure I would take my original passport out of my safe during my cruise. 

 

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It's always a good idea to have a passport with you in case you get stuck on an island (accident, health problem etc.). I would never go ahore without.

Martinique is part of France, so you should expect the same checks as if you were flying to Paris, for example. I don't think there's anything to be worried about with regard to immigration (as for customs, most people won't be bringing anything other than a small bag onto the island with them, so I don't foresee any lengthy checks)

In any case, I'm certain the French officials will be more welcoming than US officials are for French people entering the US.

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A passenger on the Carnival Pride in November has a YouTube video and stated their procedure. If you had your passport scanned when checking in, it was then connected to your sail & sign card and therefore you did not have to show it getting off in Martinique. If you did not have a passport connected to your S&S card or you did not show a passport at the gangway then you were not allowed to get off the ship. 

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On ‎12‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 11:31 PM, Belgian fry said:

Sounds like they are very well organised! Thank you for the information.

Just wondering whether I should bring some Euros with me . In case we go for a drink or buy a souvenir. I have no problem  in doing that if that's required .

Thanks

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10 hours ago, Belgian fry said:

Yes, you should bring Euros. People have had difficulties paying in $

Will do. Thanks

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