French Guiana eases further COVID-19-related restrictions as of early October. Some business and transport disruptions likely to persist.
Alert Begins 05 Oct 2020 11:01 PM UTC
Alert Expires 19 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Territorywide
- Start Time/Date: Indefinite
- Impact: Travel and business disruptions
Authorities in French Guiana have eased a number of restrictions as of early October due to an improvement in the territory's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates. Effective Oct. 3, all establishments that are open to the public, except discos and dance halls, may operate without prior approval from prefectural authorities. Public transport services such as taxis and buses, with the exception of river transport, are no longer required to obtain prefectural authorization before operating. In addition, all sports competitions and training activities may resume.
A nightly 0001-0500 curfew remains in effect throughout the territory, except for Iracoubo, Montsinery-Tonnegrande, Ouanary, Regina, Saint-Elie, and Saul townships, where there is no curfew. Residents may not leave their homes during curfew hours, except for emergencies.
The following other restrictions remain in effect:
- French Guiana's borders remain closed to most nonresident foreign nationals.
- All individuals must wear protective face coverings whenever in public.
- Gatherings of more than 10 people in indoor and outdoor public spaces are prohibited.
- The sale of alcohol for takeaway is prohibited 1800-0800 in all areas except for Iracoubo, Montsinery-Tonnegrande, Ouanary, Regina, Saint-Elie, and Saul, where there are no restrictions.
Despite the border closure, French citizens, diplomats, healthcare workers, airline crews, and nonresident foreign nationals who are in transit to their home country can enter French Guiana. However, all travelers entering the territory must present a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure for French Guiana. Travelers from the Caribbean islands may arrive in French Guiana without such test results, but they will be required to undergo testing upon arrival in the airport. The Oyapock River Bridge crossing from Brazil remains closed. There are no restrictions on cargo shipments and humanitarian travel. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice, depending on local disease activity.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.