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See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Suriname for information on U.S. – Suriname relations.
Visit the Embassy of Suriname website for the most current visa information.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for foreign travelers visiting Suriname.
There is limited police presence outside Paramaribo.
Demonstrations occur from time to time, primarily in the capital. U.S. citizens should be aware that demonstrations and large events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational. Avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gathering.
Crime: Pick-pocketing and robbery are common in Paramaribo’s business and shopping districts. Principal concerns include burglary, armed robbery, and home invasions.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing 115. Some operators may not speak English. U.S. citizens should also contact the U.S. Embassy at (+597) 556-700 during business hours or (+597) 710-1112 during evenings and weekends.
Victims of domestic violence or sexual assault can also contact the Victim’s Assistance Office (Bureau Slachtofferzorg) at the Ministry of Justice and Police at (+597) 888-7477. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
Tourism: The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy in Suriname immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Credit Cards: Credit cards are not widely accepted outside the major hotels and upscale restaurants. While several banks accept U.S. ATM cards, the use of debit and credit cards is discouraged because of identity theft concerns. Keep your debit or credit card in your sight at all times while it is being processed. Consider using prepaid credit cards with limited funds when traveling. You can exchange currency at banks, hotels, and official exchange houses (“cambios”). Exchanging money outside of these locations is illegal and can be dangerous.
Communications: Telephone and internet service can be problematic, especially during periods of heavy rain. Parts of the country’s interior do not have reliable cell phone reception.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Suriname. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Sidewalks throughout Suriname are not adequately built to accommodate persons with disabilities. Taxis and other public transportation do not provide proper assistance to individuals with disabilities.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Medical care is limited in many areas of the country and does not meet U.S. standards.
The U.S. government does not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
The following diseases are prevalent:
In recent years, outbreaks of these diseases have also been detected in Suriname:
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Government of Suriname requires that travelers arriving from or transiting through countries with risk of yellow fever transmission show proof of a yellow fever vaccination. Note that you may also be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination upon departure from Suriname if traveling to or transiting through another country that requires it.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: Cars drive on the left side of the road. Excessive speed, unpredictable driving habits, unusual right of way patterns, poorly maintained roads, relatively few traffic lights, and a lack of basic safety equipment on many vehicles are daily hazards. If you are in a significant accident, leave your car where the accident occurred, call the police, and wait until police arrive.
The major roads in Paramaribo are usually paved, but are not always well maintained.
Traffic Laws: Seat belts are required. Driving while talking on a cell phone is illegal; you must use a hands-free device. You need an international driver’s license to rent a car. Avoid using motorcycles or scooters.
If you are in an accident and suspected of driving under the influence, the police might take you to the nearest medical center to measure your alcohol level. They will hold you for up to six hours until the results of your blood alcohol content are available.
For information concerning Surinamese driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, contact the Embassy of Suriname.
Public Transportation: Avoid using public minibuses due to unsafe driving habits and poor maintenance.
Not all taxis are clearly marked, and some may not have a meter.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Embassy prohibits its employees from using Fly All Ways for official travel due to safety concerns.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Suriname’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Suriname’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Suriname should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Homeport website and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s website.