Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to French Guiana?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to French Guiana. In French Guiana, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

French Guiana und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: French Guiana
French Guiana
COutlets of type CDOutlets of type DEOutlets of type EOutlets
220 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in French Guiana?

French Guiana uses power outlets of type C, D and E. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in French Guiana.

Country information

About French Guiana

Flag: About French Guiana

French Guiana is a country in America (South America) with about 181 000 inhabitants on an area of almost 84 000 km². The capital of French Guiana is Cayenne (62 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking French.

The neighbors of French Guiana are Brazil and Suriname.

TLD: .gfCurrency: EURCountry calling code: +594Country Code : GF
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in French Guiana?

The voltage in French Guiana is 220 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in French Guiana, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in French Guiana?

The utility frequency in French Guiana is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in French Guiana, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in French Guiana, you should not use the device!