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Hiring in French Guiana

Hiring employees compliantly in French Guiana means doing it yourself or using an Employer of Record like Global Expansion. You should be careful using independent contractor agreements in French Guiana so that you don’t run afoul of employment laws. To hire an employee compliantly and offer them mandatory benefits and compliant agreements, you can:

(a) Establish your own new legal entity, banking, accounting and payroll service in French Guiana; or

(b) use an Employer of Record like Global Expansion who can handle all of the details for you.

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Labor Laws in French Guiana

Holidays in French Guiana

New Year’s Day 1st January
Carnival Monday 24th February
Mardi Gras 25th February
Ash Wednesday 26th February
Ascension Day 21st May
Whit Monday 1st June
Slavery Abolition Day 10th June
French National Day 14th July
Assumption of Mary 15th August
All Saints day 1st November
Armistice Day 11th November
Christmas Day 25th December


Probation Period in French Guiana

  • Indefinite-term employment contracts may provide for a maximum probation period of:
    • 2 months for blue-collar and white-collar employees
    • 3 months for supervisors and technical employees
    • 4 months for managers and professional staff

Annual Leave in French Guiana

  • An employee who has worked 12 months is entitled to a minimum of 30 days' (or five weeks) annual leave

Maternity Leave in French Guiana

  • For a single birth bringing the mother's number of children to one or two: 16 weeks, consisting of: 

    • 6 weeks before childbirth
    • 10 weeks after childbirth
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Paternity Leave in French Guiana

  • The duration of paternity leave is set at 25 days, or 32 days in the event of multiple births.

Sick Leave in French Guiana

  • Employees are entitled to a maximum of 6 months of sick leave

Work Hours in French Guiana

  • The legal length of the workweek is 35 hours in all types of companies.
  • Furthermore, employees may not work for more than 4.5 hours without a break.

Overtime in French Guiana

  • Overtime must be paid as follows:
    • Standard wage plus 25% an hour for each of the first eight hours of overtime (from the 36th to the 43rd hour inclusive)
    • Standard wage plus 50% for each hour after that

Notice Period in French Guiana

  • The length of notice depends on the employee's seniority in the company:
    • 1 month's notice for 6 months to 2 years of seniority
    • 2 months’ notice for more than 2 years of seniority
    • The notice period for seniority below 6 months is set by collective agreement or company practice.

Severance Pay in French Guiana

  • Severance pay depends on the employee's length of service and the relevant CBA's provisions. 

  • Employees receive statutory severance pay (that is, 1/4 of monthly salary for each year of service for the first 10 years of service and 1/3 for each year above 10 years of service) if no CBA applies or the CBA rate is lower than the statutory amount.

Termination of Employment in French Guiana

  • 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.
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French Guiana Salary and Wages

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Immigration French Guiana

  • 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)
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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
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Mandatory Benefits in French Guiana

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

  • Public Holidays

  • Annual Leave

  • Social Security Benefits

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Payroll Accrual in French Guiana

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Accrued Benefits in French Guiana

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Christmas Bonus Over Vacations % Under the rules of France
Severance per Year% Under the rules of France
Vacations % Under the rules of France
Notice % Under the rules of France
Christmas Bonus Over Notifications % Under the rules of France
Vacations Plus % Under the rules of France

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Why use Global Expansion to hire in French Guiana

Establishing a branch office or subsidiary in French Guiana can be time-consuming, expensive and complex. With such a robust labor market in place, one must pay great attention to detail when structuring employment because French Guiana labor laws are complex.

The company also has a responsibility to comply with specific employment practices dictated by French Guiana law to maintain its good standing as an equal opportunity employer.

Global Expansion makes it easy for you to expand into French Guiana. We'll help you hire your candidate of choice, handle HR matters and payroll, and ensure that you comply with local laws without the burden of setting up a foreign branch office or subsidiary. In addition, you'll have complete control and direction over your employees.

We enable you to stay in control of everything. Our French Guiana Global Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and Employer of Record (EOR) solution provides you with peace of mind to focus on running your company and the security to enter new markets.


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