French Guiana

Concerning immigration, French Guiana has different laws. French Guiana is not part of the Schengen territory. For some neighbouring countries Brazil, Suriname, Dominican Republic etc. it is easier to go to Paris than it is to reach Cayenne.

Oyapock River Bridge

The Oyapock River Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge, the two towers rising to 83m high. Its length is 378m, it has two lanes of 3.50m wide. The vertical clearance under the bridge is 15m. It spans the Oyapock River to link the cities of Oiapoque in Brazil and Saint-Georges de l'Oyapock in French Guiana. Its construction was completed in August 2011, commissioning is scheduled for January 2013.

At the French side, the access will be through a border checkpoint FCP which will present three government controls: the Border Police, the Customs and the Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry.

The bridge over the Oyapock is a toll-free bridge the booths are controls, not toll booths, which will be accessible to both vehicles and pedestrians.


Citizens of any EU countryincluding Metropolitan France, Andorra, Iceland, Liechenstein, Monaco, San Marino, and Switzrland can visit and stay visa-free for a unlimited time in French Guiana. Whats more is that citizens of the countries mentioned only have to use their national identity card as a travel document, if taking flights from Metropolitan France to French Guiana. This can also be done if flying from Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Réunion.

Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, saint Lucia,Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela, BOT citizens and subjects, and holders of a valid EU long-term visa or resident permit issued by a Schengen country can visit visa-free for up to 90 days. Countries listed below can also visit-free for up to 90 days, but other requirements are needed.

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Serbia - With a biometric passport.

Emergency services members and Special authorising cross-border travel card holders of Oiapoque, Ampapa can visit Saint-Georges-de-d'Oyapok visa-free for up to 72 hours. A yellow fever vaccination is also essential

By bus
By bus

From Brazil and Suriname, when you reach the border, you cross the river with a motorboat.

By plane
By plane

Cayenne-Rochambeau Airport IATA: CAY

From Martinique and Guadeloupe, with Air France unfortunately, Air Caraibes no longer flys to French Guiana from Martinique and Guadeloupe

From Paris, with Air France and Air Caraibes

From Miami with Air France

From Paramaribo with Surinam Airways

from Belem with Azul Airlines [ (]

By ship
By ship

From Brazil and Suriname, to cross the rivers Oyapoque and Le Maroni, which takes 15 minutes, it's not very expensive, but you have to haggle. Crossing the Oyapoque from Brazil should cost you about €5, no haggling. If you go a little upstream to Rona's lodge, you should pay €7. Ask first to be sure but the boatmen are a co-operative and the price is fixed for everyone.

By car
By car

From Brazil you can take a private barge across the Oiapoque River. Its owner can be contacted in St Georges or in Oiapoque. From Suriname, there is a ferry to cross the Maroni River.