Facts for visitors

Visiting French Guiana
Tourists in French Guiana

Flights

Flights take place daily from Orly, Paris to Cayenne Rochambeau, 65 km from Kourou and take approximately 8 1/2 hours.

In addition there are regular flights from Martinique and Guadeloupe, Paramaribo in Surinam, and Belem and Macapa in Brazil.

Visas

EU citizens need a valid passport, non-EU citizens need a valid visa

Time difference

  • four hours behind Central European Time (CET)
  • five hours behind Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Climate

  • 26˚-32˚C during the day, 23˚-27˚C at night all year round, in the equatorial forest evening temperatures can drop to 18˚C
  • humidity: around 80%
  • Rainy season: December to February, April to July

Health measures

Hospitals
There are good medical facilities available in French Guiana and the risk of catching a tropical disease is minimal providing normal precautionary measures are taken. Kourou has a modern hospital with a 24-hour emergency service.

Useful phone numbers
Cayenne hospital, tel: +594 594395253
Kourou hospital, tel: +594 594327676
Saint Laurent-du-Maroni: +594 594341022

Vaccinations
Yellow fever: proof of vaccination is required on entry and should be carried out a minimum of 20 days before arriving in French Guiana
Tetanus: vaccination recommended
Diptheria: vaccination recommended
Polio: vaccination recommended
Hepatitis A+B: vaccination recommended
Typhus: vaccination recommended

Malaria
The risk of malaria from mosquito bites in the area around Kourou is minimal and no special medical precautions are needed. However, preventive medicine is strongly recommended if visiting Oyapock, Maroni Cacao and Regina

Precautionary measures
Taking simple precautions will help to ensure that your stay in French Guiana is a pleasant one:

  • use protective creams to prevent sunburn
  • avoid drinnking fresh or tap water
  • cook food containing fish, meat, shellfish or game and eat hot
  • wash salads in clean water and peel fruit
  • cook seafood in clean water of known origin
  • disinfect small wounds as they can become infected quickly
  • consult a doctor in the case of ear, nose or throat infections
  • wear closed shoes in the forest and do not bathe in stagnant water
  • protect against insect bites with insect repellent and by wearing suitable clothing, particularly during the rainy season
  • use protection against AIDS/HIV
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