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French Guiana

French Guiana: At a glance

Capital: Cayenne

Population: 296,711

Official language: French

Time zone: French Guiana Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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French Guiana: Travel Health Information

French Guiana is known for its wildlife and natural landscapes. Tourists can visit the Ilet la Mère, an island inhabited only by monkeys, or visit the giant leatherback turtles who live and nest on Hattes Beach. Travellers can also take a trip to the Guiana Space Centre, or visit the historical Musée Alexandre-Franconie.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in French Guiana may differ from your home country. French Guiana has a centralized public healthcare system and a private sector. There are three public hospitals and three small private hospitals in addition to local health centres and clinics. Private clinics are concentrated mostly in coastal regions. The quality of medical care throughout the country generally does not meet international standards. Due to the country’s small size, some specialized services are unavailable.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in French Guiana typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to the United States or Martinique may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in French Guiana.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies can be found in large cities. Access to medicines in rural areas may be limited. Prescription medicines are imported into French Guiana from France and frequent transportation issues can cause delays and shortages.

If you are travelling with medication, check with French Guiana’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in large cities are generally well maintained, but roads in many rural areas are unpaved. Roads may be unlit at night which poses a risk to travellers. Seat belts must be worn by drivers and passengers in vehicles at all times.



French Guiana: At a glance

Capital: Cayenne

Population: 296,711

Official language: French

Time zone: French Guiana Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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