French Guiana is one of
France´s overseas departments, and as such a part of the European Union. The currency is the Euro and the official language
is French. Time zone is UTC-03.
Sailing the coast
- From January to April - winds are predominately from the northeast;
- From April to December - predominately from east and southeast.
- North equatorial current- 1-3 kts, has maximum effect between 60 and 100 miles offshore.
- Tidal current - runs along the coast with a speed of around 1.5 kts, is stronger in front of the river mouths.
Formalities are very relaxed. There are no fees for boats or people.
- Clearance is handled through customs (Douane)
and can be completed at St George, Degrad des Cannes, Kourou and Saint Laurent. No clearance from a previous port is required.
- Immigration formalities are necessary only if a visa
is required - no visa is required EU/EEA citizens regardless
of length of stay. Other nationalities Visas are may stay up
to 90 days without a visa but you are advised to check the requirements for your nationality. Visit the Police aux Frontières at Cayenne airport, St Georges or
EU and non-EU yachts are allowed to remain in
French Guiana for up to 6 months. After that time it is necessary to pay a local tax (octroie de mer) of 17.5%
and another tax of 2.5% on all vessels (total 20%). You can reset the 6 month clock by clearing out of French Guiana and travel
to either Suriname or Brazil for a few days, then return and formally clear into French Guiana.
Importing chandlery items
- From Martinique or Guadeloupe - no customs duties
- From any other country, including EU states - 20% tax.
A DHL offi ce can be found on Place des Palmistes
in downtown Cayenne.
Dinghy security - chaining and locking the dinghy while ashore, lifting
it out at night when at anchor.