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Old 04-04-2017, 12:57   #16
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Re: One-way airfare to Martinique

It is only the airline that really cares about this. And the only one that ever gave me a hard time was Jet Blue
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Old 04-04-2017, 14:25   #17
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Re: One-way airfare to Martinique

My wife just flew in to FDF from Vancouver via Montreal to re-join me on the boat. They didn't ask anything. Just like checking in and out of the French islands, they are VERY low key.

It's not the islands themselves that get sticky. The airlines are covering their butts. In the slim chance that the island rejects you, it is on them to take you back. Delta is the worst. Air Canada, WestJet, American will take you anywhere in the Caribbean one-way with no questions asked.

If you ever get stuck, like we did with Delta, you simply buy a ticket out somewhere and cancel it within 24 hours.

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Re: One-way airfare to Martinique

Usually people carry a crew letter from the skipper mentioning that you would be joining the boat. Another thing, if you are the owner, is to present the boat's papers. I've been on this situation before (2015) in Martinique and it worked.
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Re: One-way airfare to Martinique

It is good to hear that people have not had a problem generally with this despite what websites say.
I talked (haltingly) to the French Consulate in NYC today. They were very friendly. They assured me no one in either Guadaloupe or Martinique would refuse a US Passport entry, and they said they did not trouble the airlines with such things either. They could've cared less about a letter from the boat owner.

When I went through Bermuda and Bahamas in the same situation no one cared about my one way ticket as long as I paid the exit tax upon entry.

So I will just buy a return ticket using my phone if the airline gives me trouble - then cancel it immediately.

Excellent discussion.
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