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Money and duty free for Guadeloupe

Currency and Money

Currency information

Since January 2002 the Euro (€) has been the official currency for the French Overseas Departments, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. Notes are in denominations of €5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. Coins are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 euros. For further details, see France section.

US Dollars are accepted but change might be given in Euros.

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. ATMs are available in every town.

ATM

ATMs are available in every town.

Travellers cheques

Accepted in most places. Their use may qualify visitors for discounts on luxury items. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros. US and Canadian Dollar cheques are also accepted in some places.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0800-1200 and 1400-1600, some are open Sat 0800-1300 (closed Wednesday afternoons).

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if travelling from or to a country outside the European Union.

Currency exchange

All banks and most hotels will change traveller's cheques and foreign currency. All the major French banks are represented on the island. There are bureaux de change in all of the main towns.

Guadeloupe duty free

Overview

The following items may be imported into Guadeloupe by travellers over the age of 17:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of spirits up to 22% volume.
• 4L of wine.
• 16L of beer.
• Goods up to the value of €1,000 if arriving from mainland France or another EU country.
• Goods up to the value of €430 if arriving from a non-EU country (or €150 for children under 15).

Banned Imports

There are restrictions on the import of unauthorised firearms, counterfeit goods, plants and flowers, and endangered species.

Banned Exports

Unauthorised firearms and endangered species.

You must obtain an authorisation certificate to export goods of cultural value.