It is a reflexive question that every person leaving for a vacation on the Isle of Flowers asks himself: What time is it in Martinique?
Caribbean islands generally sail between two time zones: GMT - 4 or GMT - 5. We explain everything about daylight saving time, time zones and the time difference in metropolitan France.
But before that, let's answer the question that probably brought you to this article:
On the Flower Island, he is currently:
The difference between the local time and your home time is justified by the time zone.
In Martinique, we are in the American/Martinique time zone, AST: GMT- 4 (UTC -4).
"AST": which stands for the Atlantic Standard Time.
GMT: Greenwich Mean Time. This is the Greenweech Mean Time, the original meridian that runs through the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England (hyperlink). GMT corresponds in French to the acronym "UTC", which stands for Coordinated Universal Time.
Martinique (Fort-de-France for example) remains in the GMT - 4 time zone every month of the year.
On the other hand, in metropolitan France (Toulouse for example), we are in winter on the time zone GMT +1 and in summer on the time zone GMT +2.
What is the time difference between Martinique and mainland France?
The time difference between Martinique and Metropolitan France varies from 5:00 am to 6:00 am, depending on the time that France settles: Winter time or summer.
In winter, there is a 6-hour time difference. When in Paris it is 6:00 pm, it is 12:00 pm (noon) in Martinique.
So you have to subtract 6 hours between Metropolitan time and Martinique time.
As for the summer, the difference goes down to 5 hours. Thus, when it is 6:00 p.m. in Paris, it is already 1:00 p.m. in Martinique!
Martinique as well as Quebec (Canada) is on the UTC -4 time zone, so the time is exactly the same!
Given the geographical position of the island, there is no difference between daylight saving time and winter time. The sun rises all year round around 6:00 am and sets at 6:00 pm.
There are no schedule changes depending on the city you are in Martinique. The time is therefore the same all over the island.
In March 2019, the MEPs adopted the proposal for a directive that calls for the abolition of the time change. Since then, Member States have been expected to coordinate their choice of whether they wish to switch to summer or winter time.