The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:
- the whole of French Guiana based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
From 15 January, visitors who have been in or transited through French Guiana in the previous 10 days cannot enter the UK. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in the UK from French Guiana will need to self-isolate along with their households on their return. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
From 1 January onwards people with residence rights include: holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain; holders of existing leave to enter or remain (i.e those with biometric Residence permits) or an entry clearance/visa that grants such leave e.g. students, workers, etc (excluding visit visas); holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave; those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers); family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.
The French Government has outlined measures to stem the spread of coronavirus, in the French Overseas Territories. For further information on the measures which apply to French Guiana, see the French government website. The local Prefecture’s website will have details of any further local restrictions.
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
UK health authorities have classified French Guiana as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in French Guiana, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism.
Crime levels are low, but serious crime does occur. See Crime.
The rainy season in French Guiana, during which tropical storms may occur, takes place between December and July. See Natural disasters.
Consular support may be limited in French Guiana. However, the British Embassy in Paris, France can provide consular support to British nationals.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.