Guyane française


  • Population » 301,099 people
  • Languages » French (official), Creole
  • Religion » Christianity
  • Life expectancy » 73 years (men), 81 years (women)
  • Currency » euro
  • Internet » .fr


  • Area » 83,534 sq km (32,253 sq miles)
  • Bordered by Suriname to the west and Brazil to the east and south
  • 98.9% of French Guiana is covered by forest.
Map of French Guiana

Map of French Guiana



  • A French overseas territory
  • French Guiana is not part of the Schengen Area


  • The Oyapock River Bridge spans the Oyapock River to link the cities of Oiapoque in Brazil and Saint-Georges de l’Oyapock in French Guiana.
    • It possible to drive uninterrupted from Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana, to Macapá, Brazil (on the Amazon River)



  • Holding a valid and current yellow fever vaccination certificate is mandatory to enter the country, regardless of citizenship.
    • Vaccination against yellow fever is necessary; without a yellow fever vaccination certificate you are not allowed into French Guiana
    • Two tropical mosquito-borne diseases, namely malaria and dengue fever, are endemic to the region
  • Health risks also include cholera, typhoid fever, and rabies.
  • Poisonous snakes and spiders also pose a risk
  • Health Care is relatively very good, and free for those holding the proper European health card.
    • There are hospitals in Cayenne and Kourou

Travel Advisories



This page was updated September 19, 2023