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About French Guiana

French Guiana is an overseas region of France and is situated on the north east of South America. It shares a coast with the Atlantic Ocean and is the largest overseas region of France. The tag of “French” was attached in the colonial times when a total of 5 different locations existed by the name of Guiana and were under different European countries. While the other four have been renamed, the name French Guiana stuck on. The beautiful beaches of French Guiana, quaint and historical places, and nature reserves are the top tourist attractions of French Guiana.

Currency :

Euro, CFP franc (EUR, XPF)

Area :

83,534 square km (32,253 square miles)

Population :

236,250 (January 2011)

Language :

French, Creole

Calling Code :


Time Zone :

GFT (UTC-03)

Climate & Geography

The two distinct seasons of French Guiana are the dry season and the wet season, the differentiation being done on the amount of rainfall which occurs. Otherwise, there isn’t much temperature variation in French Guiana.

French Guiana is divided into the two main geographical regions of the coast and the rainforest. Most of the population of French Guiana lives along the coast while the rainforests are so dense that they are almost inaccessible.

Territory & Capital : French Guiana is surrounded by Suriname on its western borders and by Brazil on its eastern and western borders. French Guiana is situated between latitudes 2 degrees and 6 degrees N and longitudes 51 degrees and 53 degrees W. The administration of French Guiana lies in the town of Cayenne. 

Suitable Visiting Seasons : The dry season of French Guiana, which occurs between August and December, is the best time to visit the place.


The public transport of French Guiana, which includes buses, long distance carriers, taxi boats, and air links, is the preferred mode of transportation.

Tourist & Immigration Info

Nationals from the European Union do not need a work permit to work in French Guiana. A visa is required for all other reasons of visit.

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