COVID-19 Information: French Guiana

Last updated:  06/10/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  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.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Visits to parks, forests, beaches, and lakes are limited to locations within 10km of an individual’s residence and are limited to one hour. Individual sports, such as biking or kayaking, are allowed within 10km of one’s residence.

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 center but may be charged for the vaccine. Vaccination is voluntary.
  • Which vaccines are available in French Guiana? Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, 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:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • A negative PRC 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:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes.
    • Domestic road checkpoints are in place in Iracoubo and Regina. Travelers wishing to cross these checkpoints in either direction are required to show evidence of a compelling reason for travel.

 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 72 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. Travelers must be able to show evidence of a compelling reason for travel.

 Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Violators of French Guiana’s COVID-19 prevention measures may be fined up to 135 Euro. Repeat offenders may be fined up to 3,750 Euro.

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 its 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/.
  • The U.S. Embassy has resumed routine processing of F and M student visas, and J exchange visas (not subject to or excepted from Presidential Proclamation 10052). To request an appointment for these visa categories, please write to caparamar@state.gov.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo remains unable to process other routine visa applications, such as B1/B2 visitor visa applications which do not qualify for interview waiver, at this time. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please write to caparamar@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.

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 information below.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

  • Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
  • Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  • U.S. destination address
    • Is U.S. destination home address?
  • Departure date
  • Flight itinerary
  • Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  • Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  • Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  • Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  • Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  • Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  • Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)

 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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