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Hiring in French guiana

French Guiana is an overseas territory of France on the Northern Atlantic coast of South America. Cayenne is the capital of French Guiana. It is fully integrated with France and thus is part of the European Union. French Guiana is dependent on France for subsidies and trade. Some of its main industries include fishing, gold mining and timber. Its main trading partners are France, Switzerland and the United States. Global PEO or Employer of Record (EOR) play a pivotal role in providing companies with services related to hiring employees, and ensuring compliance with French Guiana’s legal and tax regulations. Employment regulations including probation, holidays and termination are covered by the French Labor Code. Global PEO’s or Employer of Record (EOR) facilitate companies by ensuring compliance with French Guiana’s Labor Code and tax laws.

statutory labor requirements

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)

13th / 14th Month Pay

  • 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

value added tax

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


Standard Rate


withholding tax

  • 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.

statutory benefits

  • 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

employee accruals

Christmas Bonus%

Under the rules of France

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
Total percentage of Salary (yearly) Under the rules of France

employer accruals

Additional information (Country Accruals)

Uses French guidelines  


Employer Accruals Additional information




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