French Guiana Basics

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The Basics


Time: The time zone in French Guiana is GMT -3.

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

Money: French Guiana uses the Euro (EUR).

Currency Exchange Rates

EUR1.00 = USD 1.11GBP 0.86CAD 1.45AUD 1.62ZAR 16.16EUR 1.00NZD 1.75
Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

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

Entry requirements for Americans: US citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in French Guiana. No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: British citizens must have a passport valid for the period of intended stay in French Guiana. A visa is not required for passports endorsed British Citizen. No visa is required for holders of passports endorsed British National (overseas), British Overseas Territories Citizen (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom), and British Subject (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom) for 90 days.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in French Guiana. No visa is required for stays for a maximum stay of 90 days.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in French Guiana. No visa is required for stays up to 90 days.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans require a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay, and a Schengen visa, to enter French Guiana.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in French Guiana. No visa is required for 90 days.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid for the period of intended stay in French Guiana. No visa is required for nationals of Ireland.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors to French Guiana must hold an onward or return ticket and valid travel documentation for their next destination. They must also have sufficient funds to cover their stay in the country, or a lodging certificate. Schengen Visas are valid for French Guiana, provided they are endorsed 'also valid for French Guiana.' A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required to enter French Guiana. It is highly recommended that visitors' passports have at least six months validity remaining after their intended dates of departure, as immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Travel Health: A yellow fever vaccination is necessary when visiting French Guiana.

Local Customs: Social mores and etiquette in French Guiana reflect its colonial history. European values permeate the country, and western travellers - if they ignore the heat - should feel very much at home.

Communications: 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).

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.