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French Guiana

If you’re travelling to French Guiana our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Natural Disasters and Climate
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020

COVID-19

In the last days, emergency responses to the COVID-19 crisis in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have included restrictions of flights from Europe; restrictive new quarantine arrangements in Central America as well as restrictions affecting admissions of Irish people already travelling in the region to other countries in Latin America.

There are no direct transatlantic flights to Ireland from the region. Therefore, given the uncertainty around transatlantic travel options into Ireland we strongly recommend that Irish travellers make early arrangements to travel out of /from the region.

Moreover, we very strongly advise against any further travel into the region until the COVID-19 crisis has been contained there.

French authorities only permit travel to French Guiana for a limited number of essential reasons. A negative Covid-19 test taken 72h before travel is required to travel to French Guiana, and arriving passengers will be asked to self-isolate for 7 days. A form for travel to French overseas territories is required.

Emergency assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, start by talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

We suggest you learn as much as you can about French Guiana before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you’re in French Guiana, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency series in French Guiana by dialling (112) Police - 17; Ambulance - 15; Fire - 18.Police - 17; Ambulance - 15; Fire - 18.

If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can also contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

EU Directive on Consular Protection

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Practical advice

  • Get advice locally about areas of risk and security concerns.
  • Take common-sense precautions about safety and security.
  • Know who to contact in case of an emergency.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Practical advice

  • Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them.
  • Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.

Natural Disasters and Climate

Natural Disasters and Climate

Practical advice

  • Get local advice on how to manage in the case of a serious incident or dangerous conditions.
  • Co-operate with local authorities and emergency services in the case of serious incidents.

Additional Information

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

  • If you are unsure of the entry requirements for this country, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the country’s nearest Embassy or Consulate.
  • You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.

Health

  • Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling (8 weeks) to see if you need any vaccinations for this country. We advise you to take out comprehensive travel insurance before you travel.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Please note that if you require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed, contact the main Embassy number, 0033(0) 1 44 17 67 00, and leave a message on the Duty Officer voice mailbox.

This mailbox will be monitored regularly.

Embassy of Ireland
12 ave Foch
75116 Paris
(entrance 4 rue Rude)
France

Tel: +331 44176700
Fax: +331 4417 6750

Monday to Friday 09:30am - 12:00pm

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