COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in French Guiana (19 April Update)

Can a resident enter the country?

  • Yes

  • Citizens and residents are allowed to enter French Guiana.

Can a foreigner enter the country?

  • No, with exceptions

  • Only travellers who can prove that entry is for urgent family or work reasons will be allowed to enter, including travel to and from France, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. Travellers will be expected to complete a travel certificate and include proof of essential travel. Family members, professionals, and healthcare workers can travel to French Guiana but must have a medical certificate to submit to the transportation company before boarding.

  • International students enrolled in higher educational institutions in French Guiana can enter, with some restrictions.

Is transit allowed through the country?

  • Yes

  • Transit through French Guiana is permitted for foreign nationals, but travellers must not leave the airport's international area. An international travel certificate must be submitted to the immigration department after arrival or transiting through French Guiana.

Is a test required on arrival?

  • Yes

  • Any person entering French Guiana will be subject to medical screening, including citizens and residents.

Test certificate required?

  • Yes

  • All travellers over the age of 11 must have a certificate for a negative test for COVID-19 performed within 72 hours before departure for French Guiana. Travellers must show their test certificates prior to boarding their flight.

Is quarantine required on arrival?

  • Yes

  • Any person entering French Guiana will be subject to a mandatory quarantine for at least seven days. Travellers must repeat a COVID-19 PCR test after 7 days of arrival to terminate quarantine.

  • Based on the above restrictions, travellers must be prepared to spend between zero days and 7 days in quarantine.

Entry form required?

  • Yes

  • Travellers are required to complete a self-declaration form saying they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been in contact with a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days.

  • Travellers must have a valid International Travel Certificate (ITC) issued before departure from their point of origin via the online platform at or from the French Consular Office.

  • International students must complete a specific travel certificate, regardless of their nationality, which can be found here.

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Is a vaccination required?

  • No

  • A vaccination for COVID-19 is not required to enter French Guiana.

Insurance required?

  • No

  • Travel or health insurance is recommended but not required for entry.

Airline restrictions

  • Moderate

  • International flights are restricted, except for select flights such as humanitarian or repatriation.

Border restrictions

  • Moderate

  • The borders are closed, except for travellers from France and the French Antilles, citizens, and residents. Only travellers who can prove that entry is for urgent family or work reasons will be allowed to enter, including travel to and from France, Guadeloupe, and Martinique.

Curfew restrictions

  • Significant

  • A daily curfew is in place from 19:00 to 05:00 for Cayenne, Kourou, Matoury, Macouria and Remire-Montjoly. A daily curfew is in place 23:00 to 05:00 in Apatou, Camopi, Grand-Santi, Awala-Yalimapo, Mana, Iracoubo, Saint-Georges de l’Oyapock, Saint-Laurent du Maroni, Sinnamary and Saul.

  • A nationwide “State of Emergency” is in place.

Social restrictions

  • Moderate

  • Gatherings are restricted to six people in indoor and outdoor public spaces. Gatherings or meetings of more than 6 people will require a prefectural authorization, except for funerals, professional meetings, guided tours by authorized professionals, and passenger transport services.

Internal travel restrictions

  • Moderate

  • Movement is restricted in the town of Saint-Georges, located close to the border with Brazil. The Saint-Georges de l'Oyapock bridge is currently closed.

  • Local public transportation is operating. River transportation companies must apply for authorization from the prefect to be approved to provide services. Health and safety protocols must be followed.

Non-essential shops open?

  • Yes

  • Shops are allowed to open without prior authorization from the local government. All shops are subject to strict compliance with the social distancing measures.

  • Shops are open until 21:30 (local time) for municipalities with a curfew from 19:00 to 05:00 and until 22:30 for municipalities with a curfew from 23:00 to 05:00. Shops are closed on Sunday for the following places: Cayenne, Kourou, Macouria, Matoury, Montsinery-Tonnegrande, Remire- Montjoly Roura and Sinnamary.

  • The sale of takeaway alcohol is banned from 20:00 to 06:00 municipalities not under curfew. In areas with a curfew from 19:00 to 05:00, the sale of takeaway alcohol is banned from 18:30 to 06:00. In areas with a curfew from 23:00 to 05:00, the sale of takeaway alcohol is banned from 20:00 to 06:00.

Restaurants open?

  • Yes

  • Restaurants are open.

Bars and cafes open?

  • No, with exceptions

  • Bars and other establishments that serve alcohol may reopen, subject to compliance with public health protocols and curfew times for the municipalities concerned. Customers can consume alcohol on-site only, and no dancing is allowed.

Beaches and tourism sites open?

  • Yes

  • Beaches are open.

Events allowed?

  • Yes

  • All sports activities, including team and individual sports, are currently permitted. The use of a changing room is also permitted.

Masks required in public?

  • Yes

  • Masks are mandatory in all places where a social distance of 2 meters cannot be maintained, including public transport and all establishments open to the public. People with medical reasons for not wearing a face mask will need a medical certificate.


  • The Kourou Space Centre resumed operations.

  • The consumption of alcohol is banned in public roads and places throughout the territory, except for regions that are not under curfew.

  • Schools are open.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing worldwide. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Airlines may have their own requirements for testing, masking, and distancing. It is recommended that travellers carry a supply of face masks since the requirement can vary by location. It is recommended that travellers practice social distancing and maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals and avoid crowded areas. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.