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 French Guiana - Formalities

Clearance

The best port to clear in is Degrad des Cannes where there are facilities for yachts. If the Officials do not come out to the boat on arrival, visit the offices as described under Degrad des Cannes/Clearance

Last updated November 2016.

Immigration

All visitors (including French citizens) require a passport valid for 6 months.

Even though an overseas territory of France, it is not a member of the EU, nor a member of the Schengen Area Agreement.

A visa for France or a Schengen visa is also valid for French Guiana if it is clearly marked "Département D'Outre Mer"

Citizens of the EU, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan as well asmany other countries do not require a visa for visits of up to 90 days.

For long stays only citizens of the EU, Andorra, Monaco and Switzerland do not require a visa.

For full details see the www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en website.

Last updated November 2016.

Customs

Firearms and animals must be declared.

Yachts can be temporarily imported for up to 18 months without paying duty, on condition that one does not enter into commercial activity ashore. Chartering is not allowed.

It is illegal for foreign tourists or sailors to sell any of their possessions to local residents and the penalties are heavy fines. Note: As any informers receive a large proportion of the fine, visitors have been set up by some of these local informers.

Generally customs regulations as the same as for France. See French Customs

Last updated November 2016.

Health

Vaccination against yellow fever is obligatory and you must produce a Yellow Fever certificate on arrival.

Malaria prophylaxis is strongly recommended.

ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: (September 2016) There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. French Guiana is an area of interest with multiple reported cases and active virus transmission. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.

Restrictions

A permit is necessary for visiting some Amerindian villages.

NOTE! It is prohibited to anchor in the off-lying islands of Iles du Salut when a rocket is about to be launched into space. This is not a frequent occurance.

Wider Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)
A useful database of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. All Marine Parks are MPAs, and therefore if wanting to find out about any marine parks in the islands you are visiting, details and location can be sourced via this website.

Pets

European Union pet restrictions apply. See France/Pets for more details.

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