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French Guiana is a territory of France and part of the European Union. It is surrounded by Brazil on the South and East, Suriname on the West, and the Atlantic Ocean on the Northeast.
The territory’s population is made of Creole, with minorities being French, Haitians and other groups.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for French Guiana. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for French Guiana: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
Yellow fever is a risk to travelers to French Guiana. Make sure you’ve been vaccinated.
Malaria, dengue and Zika are also present. Be sure to bring and use mosquito netting and repellent. Antimalarials may also be recommended based on your itinerary.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
No, you do not need a visa to travel to French Guiana. You do need a passport with a blank page for each stamp and three months validity.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
French Guiana has a warm and wet tropical climate with even temperatures year round. The tradewinds help stabilize the coastal weather.
The dry season is from June to November and the wet season is from December to May. The northwest has consistent rainfall while the rest of French Guiana follows dry and rainy season patterns. The Marawijne River regularly floods surrounding areas with all the rainfall it gets.
The coolest month for French Guiana is January. September is both the driest and warmest month with May being the wettest. Cayenne, the capital city, has average daily highs of the mid 80s, sometimes going up to the low 90s.
French Guiana is typically away from standard hurricane routes.
According to the U.S. Department of State, French Guiana is usually a safe place for travelers as it is quite remote. Here are some helpful tips to keep you safe while there.
Avoid flaunting wealth and take necessary precautions in French Guiana. Petty street crime can be common in the major cities especially.
Travelers wishing to go deep into French Guiana should only use well-established sources and tour companies.
Think ahead on what to pack by perusing these suggestions:
All Americans visiting French Guiana should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
There is no U.S. embassy in French Guiana, but the embassy in Suriname serves the area:
U.S. Embassy Paramaribo
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