COVID-19 Information: French Guiana

Last updated:  06/13/2022

****  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.  .

Country-Specific Information:
French Guiana has confirmed cases of COVID 19 within its borders. Please consult the prefecture for an updated case count.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of France approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in French Guiana for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes. Non-French citizens, including those who are not registered in the French health care system but who fall into one of the current criteria, can be vaccinated at a vaccination. Vaccination is voluntary.
  • Which vaccines are available in French Guiana? Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
  • France has begun its COVID-19 vaccination program. Vaccinations are being offered to various groups per the French government rollout plan. A detailed list of vaccination sites as well as lists of specific groups of people who currently qualify for vaccination may be found here: https://www.sante.fr/cf/centres-vaccination-covid.html.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • A negative PCR test from no more than 72 hours before the flight or an antigen test from no more than 48 hours before the flight is required for travelers requesting entry to French Guiana.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Movement Restrictions:

Quarantine Information:

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Air France and Air Caraïbes are operating flights between Cayenne and Paris. Please consult www.airfrance.gf or www.aircaraibes.com for more information.
    • Travelers between French Guiana and Paris must be able to show evidence of a compelling reason for travel and a negative RT-PCR test result from within 24 hours of the flight or a negative antigen test result from within 48 hours of the flight. Vaccinated travelers from French Guiana to mainland France must self-isolate for 7 days upon arrival. Unvaccinated travelers from French Guiana to mainland France must undergo a controlled seven-day quarantine. Please consult your airline for the most up to date requirements, as requirements may change with little notice.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Taxis and buses are available.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • None.

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, which provides consular services to U.S. citizens in French Guiana, is open for services to American citizens. To request an appointment, please write to caparamar@state.gov.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo has resumed routine visa interview appointments and interview waiver or “drop off” service for qualifying visa applicants by appointment only. For more information about the interview waiver renewal process, please visit https://sr.usembassy.gov/visas/interview-waiver-program-iwp/.

COVID Test Waiver for Entering the United States
Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at caparamar@state.gov and provide the requested information.  The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

For more information on testing requirements, see the CDC website at
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html#anchor_1635127084

 Local Resources:
COVID-19 Vaccination Sites
COVID-19 Testing Sites
Air Caraibes
Air France
Attestations for travel to France

Other links:

COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
CDC page on COVID-19
French Guiana Country Information and French Guiana Travel Advisory on travel.state.gov
For medical assistance while in French Guiana, you may consult our list of medical resources in French Guiana.
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