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French Guiana

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On the north coast of South America, French Guiana is part of the French Republic and visitors to this region can experience a world of foreign cultures, sights and cuisine. The capital city of French Guiana is Cayenne, a very picturesque holiday destination, and the Center Spatial Guyanais (Space Centre) in the city of Kourou is another popular attraction.

French Guiana is a tiny country covered in dense rainforest. Eco-tourism is a growing industry, with visitors trekking from other countries to see leatherback turtles lay eggs at Awala-Yalimpopo, spot exotic birds on the savannahs of Kaw, and watch capuchin monkeys lying along the Sentier Molokoi de Cacao trail. Island holidays in French Guiana are also popular, especially the lovely Îles du Salut, which has a somber history as a penal colony.

French Guiana was originally inhabited by indigenous Americans and settled by the French in the 17th century. Today it is administered by a French representative based in Cayenne. As part of the European Union, the currency used in French Guiana is the Euro, and the main industries are fishing, gold mining and timber, while eco-tourism is a growing enterprise.

The French Guiana population of 221,500 is made up of various ethnicities, the majority being Guianese Creole, Maroon, Amerindian and French. Most people in French Guiana inhabit the coastal areas, which are more developed. While French is the official language, Creole is widely spoken. The main religion is Roman Catholic but the Maroons and Amerindians have their own religions.


The international access code for French Guiana is +594. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom).


112 (General Emergency Helpline)

Languages Spoken

The official language is French, and Guianese Creole is widely spoken.

Duty Free

Visitors to French Guiana may import the following without incurring duty: 1,000 cigarettes, one bottle of liquor, and an amount of perfume, film, and gifts reasonable for personal use.


The electric current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round two- or three-prong plugs are used.


All visitors to French Guiana must hold an onward or return ticket and valid travel documentation for their next destination; as well as sufficient funds to cover their stay in the country, or a lodging certificate. Schengen Visas are also valid for French Guiana, provided they are endorsed "also valid for French Guiana." A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required to enter French Guiana. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Entry Requirements

Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in French Guiana. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.

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A yellow fever vaccination is necessary when visiting French Guiana.

Emergency Phone Number

112 (General Emergency Helpline)

* For current safety alerts, please visit Foreign travel advice - GOV.UK or Travel.State.Gov


The French Guiana currency is the Euro (EUR).

Exchange Rate

Not available.

Embassies of French Guiana

Foreign Embassies in French Guiana


Social mores and etiquette in French Guiana reflect its colonial history. European values permeate French Guianese society, and western travellers - if they ignore the heat - should feel just at home as they would in one of the metropoles.

Public Holidays in French Guiana

New Years Day1 Jan1 Jan
Ash Wednesday1 Mar14 Feb
Easter Monday17 Apr2 Apr
Labour Day1 May1 May
Victory Day8 May8 May
Ascension Day25 May10 May
Whit Monday5 Jun21 May
Abolition of Slavery10 Jun10 Jun
Bastille Day14 Jul14 Jul
Assumption15 Aug15 Aug
All Saints Day1 Nov1 Nov
Armistice Day11 Nov11 Nov
Christmas Day25 Dec25 Dec
Good Friday14 Apr30 Mar
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