French Guiana

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Country Description: The French West Indies, an overseas department of France that includes Martinique, Guadeloupe and their dependencies, is well developed.

French Guiana, which is also an overseas department of France, is a sparsely populated wilderness. Tourist facilities are available, but in some instances are not highly developed.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: For information on entry requirements, travelers can contact the Embassy of France at 4101 Reservoir Road, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009, telephone (202) 944-6000.

Medical Facilities: Medical care is limited. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the U.S. In some instances, supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage has proved useful. For additional health information, travelers can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Street crime, sometimes involving armed assault, appears to be on the rise in French St. Martin. In the other French territories, petty street crime occurs. Valuables left unattended on beaches are subject to theft. The loss or theft of a U.S. passport overseas should be reported to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. U.S. citizens can refer to the Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad," which provides useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad. Both this pamphlet and "Tips for Travelers to the Caribbean" are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. 20402.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Criminal penalties for possession, use, and dealing in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences and fines.

Embassy Location/Registration: There is no U.S. embassy or consulate in the French West Indies or in French Guiana. For assistance in the French West Indies (also called the French Antilles), U.S. citizens may contact the Consular Agency for the islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe, Isles Des Saintes, La Desirade, Marie-Galant, St. Barthelemy and St. Martin (French side) at P.O. Box 975, 97246 Fort de France, Martinique, telephone (596) 71-96-90 (daytime) and (596) 71-96-74 (after hours). The office is located at 9 Rue Des Alpinias, Dedier, Fort de France, Martinique. U.S. citizens needing assistance in the islands of the French West Indies may also contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, which is located in the American Life Insurance Company (ALICO) Building, Cheapside, telephone (809) 436-4050. For assistance in French Guiana, U.S. citizens may contact the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname, which has consular jurisdiction for this area. The U.S. Embassy in Suriname is located at Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 129, Paramaribo, telephone (597) 477-881.

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