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. They are typically peaceful, but even those can turn violent. Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.
Crime: Pick-pocketing and robbery are common in Paramaribo’s business and shopping districts. Burglary, armed robbery, and carjackings occur occasionally.
Victims of Crime:
U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the local police.
Report crimes to the local police at 115, though operators likely won’t speak English. You should also contact the U.S. Embassy at (597)-556-700 ext. 2237 or (597)-710-1112 on evenings and weekends.
Crime victims can also contact the Victim’s Assistance Office at the Ministry of Justice and Police at (597)-424016. 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.
For further information:
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 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 rains. There is no reliable cell phone reception in much of the country’s interior.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Suriname.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Sidewalks throughout Surinameare 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.
Zika Virus: Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby as well as through sexual contact. The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects in some fetuses and babies born to infected mothers. For additional information about Zika visit the CDC website.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
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:
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers arriving from Guyana, French Guiana, and Brazil are required to show proof of a yellow fever vaccination.
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’re in an 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 and child seats 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.
Taxis are not clearly marked, and there are no meters.
Aviation Safety Oversight: In August 2016, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Suriname (CASAS) signed an agreement which resulted in direct commercial flights between the United States and Suriname.
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.
The U.S. Embassy prohibits its employees from using Insel Air and Blue Wing Airlines for official travel due to safety concerns.
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.