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French Guiana


  • French
  • Creole
  • French Guianese







Public Holidays

  1. New Year’s Day (1st January)
  2. Carnival Monday (24th February)
  3. Mardi Gras (25th February)
  4. Ash Wednesday (26th February)
  5. Ascension Day (21st May)
  6. Whit Monday (1st June)
  7. Slavery Abolition Day (10th June)
  8. French National Day (14th July)
  9. Assumption of Mary (15th August)
  10. All Saints day (1st November)
  11. Armistice Day (11th November)
  12. Christmas Day (25th December)

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  • Under the rules of France Under the rules of France


  • Visa for French Guiana are not required by EU nationals, US nationals, Canadian nationals, Australian nationals and British nationals, for a stay of up to 90 days, provided they hold a return ticket
  • All visitors to or passing through French Guiana must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate
  • Nationals who do require a visa can only enter French Guiana on a Schengen visa if it is marked on the visa sticker
  • EU nationals staying longer than three months must register at the prefecture to apply for a Carte de séjour (French residence Permit)
  • Other nationals require a long stay visa. (Individuals must contact the embassy in their home country for more details)

Type of Visa/ Permit




Schengen Visa

  • A passport valid at least six months on entry with one blank visa page
  • Proof of sufficient funds in the form of a bank statement or cash
  • Proof of onward/return airline tickets
  • Documents showing proof of purpose of trip

90 days

This is a short term visa granted to individuals who wish to enter French Guiana for travel or short term business purposes

Carte de Sejour

  • A valid Passport
  • Visa application form
  • 5 passport size photographs
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Proof of medical insurance with coverage valid in France
  • Police clearance
  • Work Contract approved by the French Ministry of Labor (For Workers)

3 years

EU citizens can apply for a French residence permit


  • The standard rate of VAT in French Polynesia is 16%


Standard Rate



  • There is a withholding tax, named “Contribution de Solidarité Territoriale (CST)” the Territorial Solidarity Tax, withheld from salaries, remunerations, pensions, life annuities and other compensations paid in relation with an occupation or a public or private activity.
  • CST is a progressive tax based on gross remuneration, whose rates are between0.5% and 5%.



0.5% to 5%


  • This contract may be terminated either for serious misconduct of the employee or the employer, subject to the appraisal of the competent court regarding the significance of the misconduct
  • During the period of notice, the parties must respect all the reciprocal obligations incumbent upon them. 
  • In order to seek another job, the employee will be entitled during the period of notice, and failing any previous agreement with the employer, subject to notifying the latter one day in advance, to one day of authorized leave per week used, at his discretion, entirely or not, and fully paid.


  • These are mandatory benefits as postulated by law
  • These include public holidays.
  • Statutory benefits also include social security benefits

Statutory Benefits

Public Holidays

Annual Leave

Social Security Benefits

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