French Guiana
Travel clinic French Guiana
Travel health and vaccine advice for French Guiana

Once known as the Devil’s Island and hosting a vast prison camp, French Guiana is now home to an ultra modern space center, from where the European Ariane rockets are launched. Integral part of France, this South American territory is especially characterized by its ultra-dense nearly impenetrable jungles, and was often referred to as the “Green Hell”. But French Guiana is above all a fabulous reservoir of biodiversity, hosting numerous endemic species in various habitats, ranging from mangroves to savannas and the Amazonian forest. The French territory is also a fantastic mosaic of people and cultures, mix of Creole, European, Asian, Maroon and Amerindian ethnic groups.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

Risk of Zika in this Country. Learn More >>

We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

FRENCH GUIANA – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

Hepatitis A Recommended for all travelers.
Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Flu – Influenza Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella) Recommended for all travelers
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”
Hepatitis B Consider for most travelers; recommended for those who might be exposed to blood or other body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.
Chagas Disease Presence. All travelers should protect themselves against triatomine bugs.
The Yellow Fever Vaccine A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country. Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details. It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure. For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website: https://www.who.int/ith/ith-country-list.pdf
Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC) Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.
Malaria Malaria is present in this country. The risk may be region specific. Prophylaxis measures to be discussed with the health care professional.
Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and/or Zika There are many illnesses that are transmitted via mosquito bites and unfortunately we do not have vaccines to protect us against most of them. It is important to inquire with your healthcare professional regarding the specific risks and the different illnesses presently in circulation.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin or Suprax.
Antimalarials Recommended Malarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine

MEDICAL CARES

In French Guiana, access to adequate medical care is good in major urban areas, but very limited in remote places. If you require health care while in the territory, go to the Saint Paul Medical Center or to the Andre Rosemon Hospital Center in Cayenne. These establishments are modern and provide diverse quality medical services. But in the event of very serious health issues, an air evacuation is needed. 

In case of emergency in French Guiana, you can contact the Centre Medico Chirurgical of Kourou at 594-327676. Be aware that the number of ambulances is extremely limited.

Access to quality medicines is very good in the main cities. Many pharmacies are opened 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. They are usually well stocked. But it is always safer to bring your own medical set.

SECURITY ABROAD

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs, particularly in urban areas. Motorcycle theft is common.

Read More »

SAN JOSÉ WEATHER

CANADIAN AMBASSY

Emergency services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.