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.