Go to Guadeloupe or Martinique after the end of confinement, for the summer of 2020, is a tempting prospect for anyone coming out of two months of confinement at home. For my part, stuck in a small 35 m² Parisian with my girlfriend, I live this situation rather well – but my legs itch. The desire to see the sea, to find myself in the middle of nature, to meet new people, to bask in the sun and to linger on the terrace of a cafe, itches me seriously. In short, we want to take off, go on vacation and travel after the end of confinement, and take a flight to Guadeloupe with Air Caraïbes is a very tempting option.
Where to go ? Where to spend your vacation this summer despite the Coronavirus? Where to travel in 2020 despite the Covid 19? After the announcement of E. Macron on a hypothetical closure of the borders of the Schengen area until September, the possibilities have been drastically reduced.
Knowing that Guadeloupe and Martinique are French departments, will it be possible to go there this summer 2020 after confinement? The answer is more complicated than it sounds but, if you are looking for a quick answer: yes, it will be possible.. But should we plan a tourist trip to Guadeloupe or Martinique this summer 2020? All the answers in this article.
This article will be updated as the government announces
Is it possible to go to Guadeloupe or Martinique this summer 2020?
The answer is yes: it will be possible to go to Guadeloupe or Martinique this summer. Some commercial flights will remain open for sale and, even if their frequency will be reduced, it will be possible to find a flight to Guadeloupe or Martinique with Air Caraïbes for example.
However, this answer must be qualified. The possibility of going to the West Indies this summer 2020 depends, in reality, on several factors.
The five pieces of information to take into account
1 / The current situation (April 20, 2020)
Here is what the French overseas ministry said on April 20, 2020:
In accordance with the decree of March 22, 2020, flights between France and the following overseas territories: Guadeloupe; Guyana; The meeting ; Martinique; Mayotte; Saint-Martin ; Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon; will be banned from Monday March 23 at midnight until April 15, 2020.
Derogations will be granted for the following reasons:
• Compelling personal or family obligations;
• Medical emergency;
• Business travel cannot be postponed.
You will notice that the court order, legally, only until April 15, 2020. According to my research, it has not (yet) been extended … But the airlines are acting as if it was the case.
2 / The opinion of the COVID-19 Scientific Council for the overseas territories
Among the ten recommendations of the COVID-19 Scientific Council for the overseas territories, experts recommend continuing strict confinement in overseas territories.
In addition, they also recommend continuing to practice the strict fortnight, upon arrival of travelers.
3 / The closure of borders
If they are considered to be part of Europe, the overseas territories are however NOT part of the Schengen area.
However, the hypothesis put forward by President Macron does speak of a closure of the borders of the Schengen area : if the European leaders choose this solution, going to the West Indies, Reunion, or Guyana this summer may be complicated. The exemptions granted will probably be those I mentioned above: personal or family obligations, medical emergency, professional travel.
4 / A catastrophic economic situation for the West Indies
However, the government will perhaps be sensitive to the great economic difficulties in which the Antilles are plunged because of the Covid 19. The tourism sector is devastated; restaurants, hotels, services, leisure activities, transport companies, encounter great difficulties. In order to save what can be saved, it is not impossible that the local and / or national executive decides to stimulate metropolitan tourism to come to the aid of the Caribbean economy.
Should we go to Guadeloupe or Martinique this summer 2020?
The arguments for going to the West Indies this summer
1. Support the local economy, ravaged by the direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic
2. Take a real vacation in the sun, in the middle of nature, far from pollution
3. Eat local products to support West Indian producers, who have great difficulty in selling their production
4. See family or friends, who will probably welcome “new” faces after this confinement
The arguments for NOT going to the West Indies this summer
1. Risk of saturation hospitals and the healthcare system
2. The fortnight (strict confinement of two weeks, with NO waivers to go out, even to go shopping or stretch their legs) on arrival for all travelers is already in effect, and will likely be extended at least for this summer
3. Uncertainty as to the possibility of taking the commercial flights that we would have booked (for example, at the time of this writing, Air Caraïbes is temporarily suspending its operations from March 30 until May 3, 2020)
4. Some West Indians may misperceive the arrival of metropolitan, and could be frightened by the risk of contamination
5. Risks of shortages food and / or basic necessities: an airlift is currently providing
My articles on Guadeloupe and Martinique
While waiting for you to decide on a possible trip to Guadeloupe or Martinique this summer, I naturally invite you to read the articles that I have devoted to these two destinations after spending two months there, in 2016:
– Travel to Guadeloupe: one month of walks on Basse-Terre
– Photos of Martinique: a stroll in Fort-de-France
– The 8 best diving spots in Martinique
– Letter from Martinique – “To the health of memory!” “
– A trip to the West Indies: mood ticket & memories of resentment
– Memories and story of a trip to Saint-Martin, before Irma
– Martinique: the places I preferred during my stay