Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
- Safety and security
- Local laws and customs
- Natural disasters and climate
- Additional information
We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution.
Latest Travel Alerts
There is currently an outbreak of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Irish Citizens are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) at http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, start by talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
We suggest you learn as much as you can about French Guiana before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you’re in French Guiana, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
You can contact the emergency series in French Guiana by dialling (112) Police - 17; Ambulance - 15; Fire - 18.Police - 17; Ambulance - 15; Fire - 18.
If there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can also contact our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Safety and security
Local laws and customs
Natural disasters and climate
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
- If you are unsure of the entry requirements for this country, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the country’s nearest Embassy or Consulate.
- You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.
- Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling (8 weeks) to see if you need any vaccinations for this country. We advise you to take out comprehensive travel insurance before you travel.