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General map of French Guiana

Medical Summary

The health risk information presented here is summarized from Shoreland Travax®, a decision-support tool used by health care providers to perform a detailed health risk analysis based on specific locations, individual travel styles, and traveler risk behaviors. Travax provides practitioners current, independently researched malaria risk and prevention recommendations in a map-based format that goes beyond the annual WHO and CDC statements included here. Not included here are current reports from Travax of disease outbreaks or environmental events that may pose elevated risks to travelers’ health and safety. The Providers section of this site offers a directory of health care providers who utilize Shoreland Travax for travel health counseling. Learn more about the detailed reports and maps available from these practitioners (includes links to samples).

General Information

French Guiana is a South American nation located along the Atlantic Ocean north of Brazil. An overseas region of France, it is sparsely populated and composed mainly of dense jungles. Its climate is tropical with little seasonal temperature variation and high humidity.

Immunizations

Yellow Fever

See also: Library article for Yellow Fever

  • Requirement: A vaccination certificate is required for all travelers aged ≥ 1 year.
  • Official Status: listed by WHO as a country where YF transmission risk is present.

Other Vaccines

Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal meningitis, rabies, or typhoid fever. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.

Malaria

See also: Library article for Malaria

The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)

(2013) Malaria risk — P. falciparum (45%), P. vivax (55%) — is high throughout the year in nine municipalities of the territory bordering Brazil (Oiapoque river valley) and Suriname (Maroni river valley). In the other 13 municipalities, transmissionrisk is low or negligible. Multidrug-resistant P. falciparum reported in areas influenced by Brazilian migration.
  • Recommended prevention in risk areas: C – Risk of P. falciparum malaria, in combination with reported chloroquine and sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine resistance. Mosquito bite prevention plus atovaquone–proguanil or doxycycline or mefloquine chemoprophylaxis (select according to reported side effects and contraindications) a
    aAlternatively, for travel to rural areas with low risk of malaria infection, mosquito bite prevention can be combined with stand–by emergency treatment (SBET).

WHO Country List footnote: When available, the date of the most recent update or confirmation is indicated in parentheses in the country list. If no date is indicated, the most recent update or confirmation was provided before 2013.

CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)

Areas with malaria: All areas, including Matoury, Macouria, and Kourou, except none in coastal areas west of Kourou and Cayenne City.
  • Estimated relative risk of malaria for US travelers: Low.
  • Drug resistance4: Chloroquine.
  • Malaria species: P. vivax > 70%, P. falciparum 20%-30%, P. malariae rare.
  • Recommended chemoprophylaxis: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine.
    4 Refers to P. falciparum malaria unless otherwise noted.

Other Concerns

Travelers' Diarrhea

See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea

High risk exists throughout the country, including in deluxe accommodations. Food and beverage precautions may reduce the likelihood of illness.

Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.

Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases

Chagas' disease (American trypanosomiasis), chikungunya, dengue, leishmaniasis and Zika may pose a risk. Personal protective measures are important.

Other Disease and Health Risks

Additional concerns include hantavirus, leptospirosis, marine hazards and tuberculosis.

Consular Advice

The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.

Terrorism Risk

No intrinsic risk of attack by terrorist groups exists, but unforeseen attacks are possible.

Crime

Negligible risk of violent crime exists throughout the country.

Risk of petty crime exists in major cities. Low risk exists throughout the rest of the country.

Kidnappings by criminal groups may occur in interior jungle areas.

Civil Unrest

Protests, demonstrations, and transportation strikes occur throughout the country and have the potential to turn violent without warning. Bystanders are at risk of harm from violence or from the response by authorities. Disruption to transportation, free movement, or the ability to carry out daily activities may occur.

Transportation Safety

National incidence data on traffic-related injury or death are not available.

Traffic flows on the right-hand side of the road. Travelers (including drivers and pedestrians) accustomed to traffic moving on the opposite side should be vigilant when navigating traffic.

Natural Disasters

The rainy season is from December through July. Floods, mudslides, and landslides may occur.

Consular Information

Selected Embassies or Consulates of French Guiana, an Overseas Region of France

  • United States: The U.S. does not have an embassy or consulate in French Guiana.
  • Canada: Canada does not have an embassy or consulate in French Guiana.
  • United Kingdom: U.K. does not have an embassy or consulate in French Guiana.
  • Australia: Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in French Guiana.

French Guiana's Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries

  • In the U.S.: French Guiana does not have an embassy or consulate in the U.S.
  • In Canada: French Guiana does not have an embassy or consulate in Canada.
  • In the U.K.: French Guiana does not have an embassy or consulate in the U.K.
  • In Australia: French Guiana does not have an embassy or consulate in Australia.

Visa/HIV Testing

HIV testing is not required to obtain a tourist, work, or residence visa.