Information, memo and Consulates

Before trip

  • Vaccines
  • Yellow fever vaccination required.
  • Like any good traveler, you will also ensure the updating of other mandatory vaccines (tetanus and polio).
  • Vaccines against hepatitis A and B, are recommended.
  • Taking aspirin against headache or fever is not recommended (formally against-indicated in case of Dengue): Think Paracetamol.
  • Preventive treatment against malaria: see depending on the area of residence (see map) with your doctor.

During the journey

  • Protect yourself from mosquitoes in areas at risk (protective clothing, repellents, bednets).
  • Continue if it was undertaken, the treatment against malaria.
  • Consult a doctor promptly in case of fever.

After the trip

  • Continue if it was undertaken, the anti-malarial treatment according to medical prescription.
  • Consult your doctor if fever or unexplained symptoms, and inform your stay in South America.

Your travel kit

  • Repellents against mosquitoes (DEET product)
  • Condoms
  • Suncreams
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Analgesic: Paracetamol
  • Antiseptic and calming digestive transit (Loperamide)
  • Skin dressings and antiseptics
  • Pest cream
  • Antispasmodics
  • Preventive treatment against malaria if necessary
  • Your usual medications

Useful information to know

Time Difference
England: - 6 hours in summer / - 5 hours winter
Paris: - 5 hours in summer / - 4 hours winter
French Canada: -1 hours summer / -2 hours winter
Guadeloupe, Martinique: -1 hours

Currency: the Euro is used throughout the department. Credit cards national and international as well as bank checks are accepted in French Guiana.

Language: French is spoken fluently by all coastal and English is properly understood.


  • from metropolitan France and overseas: 0594 + 6 digits
  • from England (and foreign country): 00 594 + 6 digits.

Electricity: 220 v

Water: tap water is drinkable throughout the coast.

Shopping hours: Generally, shops open Monday to Saturday from 8h to 13h and 16h to 19h. Grocery stores and supermarkets remain open until late evening (20:30) and Sunday from 9am to 12.30pm.

Holidays: they are identical to those of metropolitan France, in addition to those specific to French Guiana: Ash Wednesday in February or March and June 10 (abolition of slavery).


  • Brazil - 23 chemin Saint Antoine - 97300 Cayenne - Tel: 00. (0) 594296010
  • Suriname - 3, av Léopol Cayenne Heder-97300 - Phone: 00. (0) 594282160
  • Haiti - 12 Ave. Léopold Heder - 97300 Cayenne - Tel: 00. (0) 594311858

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