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French Guiana Casinos

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in French Guiana (an overseas region and single territorial collectivity of France, capital Cayenne, a population of only 294,071, member of the EU). Find out which are the best land-based casinos and licensed online casino sites in French Guiana, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

 

Online casinos in French Guiana

Legal status of French Guiana licensed online casino gambling sites: illegal, players are not prosecuted according to EU laws

French Guiana is an overseas department and a so called “single territorial collectivity” (collectivité territoriale unique) of France, located on the north Atlantic coast of South America.

French Guiana, as all French overseas departments, sends representatives to the French National Assembly. And while the territory of French Guiana has a president, laws governing online casinos, and in fact all forms of gambling, are the French laws.

According to the French online gambling legislation, specifically the 2010 Article L.320-1 of the French Code of Homeland Security (Chapitre préliminaire : Dispositions communes  – Articles L320-1 à L320-18)1, the following forms of online gambling are legal:

  • online sports betting,
  • internet poker,
  • digital  lottery

 

As you can see, online casino gambling is actually not one of the legalized forms of games of chance. The reasoning of the French government is that online casinos have the highest protentional to cause gambling addiction and problem gambling behaviour (which is absolutely true).

Due to this ban, there are currently no licensed online casinos in France or in French Guiana, though the European Union has been pushing for a change in this regulation. Also, the European Union does not allow for a ban on online casino gambling on an individual level. Not to mention according to Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU2: if a country does not provide any means for foreign online casinos to acquire local licenses, then they can not punish or block these gambling websites or players who visit them.

This means that while online casinos are banned in French Guiana, locals are actually free to play in any international online casinos available to them. Despite this, very few online casinos welcome players from French Guiana, because of the pressure of the French government, who despite being in the wrong, still pressures the bigger online gambling companies into not accepting players from the country or from its territories.

/Comment: The main reason they are doing this, is that they are trying to force people to only use the state owned platforms of the French gambling monopoly FDJ -Francaise des Jeux. Also, these unlicensed foreign online casinos don’ t pay the notoriously high gambling taxes (highest gambling tax rate in the world!)./

By scrolling below, you can find a list of online casinos accepting French Guiana players.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting French Guiana?

Yes, the online gambling laws of any country only apply to citizens and lawful permanent residents, if you are a tourist (or a non-citizen expat, or illegal), you can play online freely while enjoying your vacation.

 

Online casino licensing and regulatory body of French Guiana:

N/A, online casino licenses are not issued

 

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Taxation of online casino sites in French Guiana: N/A, no specific online casino tax

 

For the players, taxation of gambling winnings in French Guiana: not taxed

 

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Age requirement of online casinos in French Guiana: N/A, not set officially, but online casinos require players to be 18+ regardless

 

Sources, main pieces of the online casino legislation in French Guiana:

12010-476 du 12 mai 2010 relative à l’ouverture à la concurrence et à la régulation du secteur des jeux d’argent et de hasard en ligne

2JSTOR – Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU — Games of chance

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from French Guiana

The following online gambling websites accept players from French Guiana:

 

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Land-based casinos in French Guiana

Legal status of French Guiana brick & mortar casinos: legal, requires a French licence

 

Unlike their digital counterparts, brick and mortar venues are legal in France and in French Guiana, according to Article L.320-1 of the French Code of Homeland Security (Chapitre préliminaire : Dispositions communes  – Articles L320-1 à L320-18)1.

France has quite the casino gambling tradition actually, and many of the most popular casino games (roulette, baccarat, etc..) originated in France. France also has some of the oldest casinos in the world (more info about French casinos can be found here).

While France has a significant history with casinos, French Guiana doesn’t. In fact, there were never any casino gaming venues in the country. And even to this day, at the time of writing, there aren’t any land-based casinos in French Guiana.

In 2015 the city of Kourou has been in discussions with a Dutch casino operator for some time, and the company filed an application fora licencee. However, nothing came of this, and apparently the project appears to have been cancelled.

UPDATE 2021: However, there is a new promising casino project. It is expected to be built near the capital, Cayenne, and the operator will be a French company, the Cogit group. Cogit is a huge casino operator, with a presence in France, and more importantly, with a presence in the following French overseas territories: Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion.

UPDATE COVID-19: the project was postponed indefinitely, due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

 

Can locals visit the casinos in French Guiana?

There are no casino in French Guiana right now.

 

Casino licensing and regulatory body of French Guiana:

French Guiana doesn’t have its own gambling regulatory and licensing authority. Instead, games of chance, online licenses and land-based gambling licensing is handled by the French regulatory agencies.

Betting activities have traditionally been divided between the Pari Mutuel Hippodrome (PMH) and the Pari Mutuel Urbaine (PMU). Lottery, as well as some lottery-style games such as bingo, are in the hands of Francaise des Jeux (FDJ).

Online gambling and the licensing of brick & mortar gambling houses are the domain of by the Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) UPDATE: L’Autorité nationale des Jeux ANJ replaces ARJEL as the regulatory authority of most forms of gambling and online gambling from 2020. You have to contact them if you want to set up a gambling establishment, or get an online gambling license.

Online gambling has been legal and regulated in France and its overseas territories. Three forms of gambling are currently permitted to be conducted online by licensed private companies:

  • sports betting,
  • poker,
  • and horse race betting.

 

UPDATE: The licensing process, fees, procedures were overhauled entirely in 2019, during  the implementation of PACTE Act. The whole process is now more business friendly, fees are lower, and it is streamlined, the document, which lists all the changes, is attached below3.

 

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Taxation of brick & mortar gambling establishments in French Guiana:

French gambling taxes apply, which are extremely high:

Gambling tax in France and overseas territories (tax base is gross gaming revenue, from 2020 onwards, annual):

  • 37.7% horse racing tax
  • 40.8% online poker tax
  • 55.2% online sports betting tax
  • 44.5% retail sports betting tax
  • lottery tax is 54.5% and the tax on other lottery like games (bingo, keno, raffles) is 42%

 

Gaming clubs (special type of casino, VIP, entrance fee, dress code):

  • 10% of revenue, up to EUR100,000.
  • 30% of revenue, EUR100,000 – EUR1,500,000.
  • 40% of revenue, EUR1,500,000 – EUR2,600,000.
  • 55% of revenue, EUR2,600,000 – EUR5,500,000.
  • 70% of revenue, above EUR5,500,000

 

Casinos, it’s 28% first + the following progressive tax on the remainder, based on annual gross gaming revenue:

  • Up to EUR100,000: 6%.
  • EUR100,001 and EUR200,000: 16%.
  • EUR200,001 and EUR500,000: 25%.
  • EUR500,001 and EUR1 million: 37%.
  • EUR1,000,001 and EUR1.5 million: 47%.
  • EUR1,500,001 and EUR4.7 million: 58%.
  • EUR4,700,001 and EUR7.8 million: 63.3%.
  • EUR7,800,001 and EUR11 million: 67.6%.
  • EUR11,000,001 and EUR14 million: 72%.
  • EUR14 million: 83.5%

 

If this wasn’t enough, a 11.2% tax is paid on the 68% of the gross gambling revenue from slot machines.

In addition, every gambling establishments has to pay a 13.7% withholding tax on any winnings by players equal to or exceeding EUR 1,500 (this is because gambling winnings over €1500 are taxable in France and players never paid taxes on them, so now casinos have to).

As you can see, it’s incredibly high, the highest gambling tax rate in all of the world!

Keep in mind, that this gambling tax is paid on top of regular, corporate tax (can be as high as 31%), and taxes paid on the wages of employees (of course some of it is deductible, but still). In fact, with this crazy system, it’s possible for a casinos to get really close to a 100% effective tax rate.

 

For the players, taxation of gambling winnings in French Guiana: Gambling winnings over €1500 are taxable, 12% tax rate. However, licensed domestic companies are required to pay taxes on your winnings, not you. Therefore, as long as you play in a licensed establishment, you don’t have to pay any taxes (it’s automatically deducted from your winnings).

However, if you play abroad, or online, and if you win over €1500, you would have to pay taxes on it.

/In reality, this is rarely enforced, but if you win a really big amount, e.g.: €100 000+, I would certainly suggest paying taxes on it, otherwise you can get into a lot of trouble. Of course, I advise paying taxes on your winnings all the time, not paying taxes is illegal, but realistically, it’s not really enforced when it comes to small amounts./

 

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Age requirement of land-based casinos, slot parlours in French Guiana: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of land-based casino legislation in French Guiana:

1Legifrance – L.320-1 of the French Code of Homeland Security (Chapitre préliminaire : Dispositions communes  – Articles L320-1 à L320-18)

2G3 Newswire – French Guiana – Cogit lands French Guiana casino licence

3Whitecase – PACTE Act (action plan for the growth and transformation of companies)

 

 

List of French Guiana casinos

There aren’t any casino in the French Guiana currently.

Even though French Guiana has no casinos currently, it still has plenty to offer to tourists, check out the following video about the TOP 27 tourists attractions in the country.

 

Crypto, bitcoin casinos in French Guiana

Alternative digital currencies are not illegal in France and its territories. However, bitcoin gambling is not specifically regulated in French Guiana.

 

Other forms of online gambling in French Guiana

Since 2010, the following forms of online gambling are legal in the French territories, including Guiana:

  • online sports betting,
  • internet poker,
  • digital  lottery.

 

All online gambling operators must apply for a licence and pay the the very high gambling taxes.

There are no online gambling operators based in French Guiana itself, but locals may access the French online gambling sites. Licensing is not done locally, a company needs to get a licence from France.

The French online gambling sector is dominated by the two  big state owned monopiles Francaise des Jeux, the lottery monopoly in France, Pari Mutuel Urbaine, the horse racing betting company.

 

 

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