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Suriname
Republic of Suriname
Last Updated: October 21, 2017
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Six months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

 Yes

VACCINATIONS:

Yellow fever (in some cases; see Health section)

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Paramaribo

Kristalstaat 165
Paramaribo, Suriname
Telephone: (597) 472-900 ext. 2237
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (597) 710-1112

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Suriname for information on U.S. – Suriname relations. 

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Suriname website for the most current visa information.

  • Tourism: Visitors may obtain a tourist visa at the Embassy of Suriname or purchase a “Tourist Card” upon arrival at the airport. The card costs $35. It is good for a single entry, and is valid for 90 days.
  • Visits for purposes other than tourism: You must obtain a visa in advance of your trip. To obtain a business visa, you must provide a letter from the sponsoring company detailing the purpose for the visit.
  • Stays longer than three months: Before traveling to Suriname, you must apply for an Authorization for Temporary Stay (MVK).

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for foreign travelers visiting Suriname.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

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.

  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and don’t display large amounts of money in public.
  • Don’t walk alone at night, particularly in the immediate vicinity of major tourist hotels.
  • Avoid the Palm Garden area (“Palmentuin” in Dutch) after dark.
  • Drive with your windows closed and doors locked.
  • Avoid leaving bags, luggage, and valuables in vehicles in plain sight. Place them on the floors or in the trunk.
  • If you plan to travel outside Paramaribo, use a well-established tour company. Robberies and carjackings are concerns in:
    • Albina and Moengo cities,
    • Brokopondo district,
    • Along the East-West Highway between Paramaribo and Albina,
    • Along the Afobakka Highway in the district of Para.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

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.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

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.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

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.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Medical care is limited in many areas of the country and does not meet U.S. standards.

  • There is one public emergency room in Paramaribo, and only a small ambulance fleet with limited first response capabilities.
  • Medical specialists may not always be available.
  • In general, hospital facilities are not air conditioned.
  • Emergency medical care outside Paramaribo is limited, and is virtually non-existent in the interior of the country.
  • Upfront payment by cash, up to the total of all anticipated charges, is generally required by hospitals prior to services or treatment.
  • You can find prescription and over-the-counter medicines in pharmacies in Paramaribo, but the quality cannot be assured. There are frequent prescription medication shortages.
  • Over-the-counter medications are generally available, but U.S. brands may not be available.
  • You can bring medications for personal use. Suriname does not maintain a list of illegal medications. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

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:

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Travel and Transportation

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.

  • Large potholes are common, especially during the rainy season.
  • Roads often are not marked with traffic lines.
  • Many main roads do not have sidewalks, forcing pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles to share the same space.
  • Many roads flood, and cars with low clearance may have problems.
  • The East-West Highway stretches from Nieuw Nickerie in the west to Albina in the east. The road is not well maintained, and during the rainy season, sinkholes develop along the road.
  • Watch for slow-moving traffic or animals.
  • Exercise caution at night due to poor lighting and sharp road turns without adequate warning signs.
  • There are few service stations along the road, and western-style rest stops are non-existent.
  • Check with the police station in Albina for the latest safety information regarding travel between Paramaribo and Albina.
  • Roads in the interior are sporadically maintained dirt roads passing through sparsely populated rain forest. Conditions deteriorate rapidly during the rainy season.
  • There is no lighting, service stations, or emergency call boxes.
  • Bridges are in poor condition.
  • Consult with your hotel or the Foundation for Nature Conservation in Suriname at (597) 421-683 or (597) 476-579 regarding road conditions.

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.

  • Verify the price before entering the taxi.
  • Use hotel concierge taxis.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Suriname’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

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 Blue Wing Airlines for official travel on domestic flights within Suriname 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.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Paramaribo

Kristalstaat 165
Paramaribo, Suriname
Telephone: (597) 472-900 ext. 2237
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (597) 710-1112

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General Information

For information concerning travel to Suriname including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Suriname.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

 

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Hague Abduction Convention

Suriname is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Suriname and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.

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Return

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parental abduction is a crime in Suriname.  The Government of Suriname does not maintain a website specifically regarding custody, family law and visitation.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Suriname and who can provide legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.  For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child.  The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance. 

Contact information:

U.S. Department of State 
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's Issues
CA/OCS/CI 
SA-17, 9th Floor 
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Fax: 202-485-6221
Website
Email: AskCI@state.gov

 

 

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Visitation/Access

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Suriname and who can provide legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.

The Office of Children’s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States.  Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname for information and possible assistance.

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Retaining an Attorney

Neither the Office of Children’s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy of Suriname are authorized to provide legal advice.

The U.S. Embassy of Suriname posts a list of attorneys who have identified themselves as willing to represent U.S. citizens. 

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

In Suriname, informal mediation regarding family and child welfare is offered by the Social Welfare Division of the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs.

 

 

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Suriname is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).  Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Suriname, the Bureau of Family Rights and Affairs.  U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Suriname should contact the Bureau of Family Rights and Affairs to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Suriname, who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Suriname’s adoption authority. See contact information below.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

The nearest immigrant visa-issuing embassy is the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana. Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Suriname and the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana’s website for information on consular services. You can also contact the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown at visageorge@state.gov. Note that prospective adoptive parents must submit the panel physician’s medical report on the child as part of the immigrant visa application.

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Contact Information

SURINAME’S ADOPTION AUTHORITY:
Bureau of Family Rights and Affairs (Bureau Voor Familierechtelijke Zaken)
Kernkampweg 29
Paramaribo, Suriname
Tel:  (597)-491916/434002/498759
Email: bufazsur@hotmail.com or bufazsur@yahoo.com

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 60 Months
B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Month
U-2 None Multiple 48 Month
U-3 None Multiple 48 Month
U-4 None Multiple 48 Month
U-5 None Multiple 48 Month
V-1 None Multiple 60 Months
V-2 None Multiple 60 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 60 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Please check back for update

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available. Birth Certificates are issued by the Chief Officer of the Central Civil Registry Bureau (Burgerlijke Stand) in Paramaribo. Applicants may apply at their local district office (Burgerlijke Stand). Fee: 1,000 Surinamese Guilders.

Death Certificates

Copies of Death Records (Uitreksel uit het Register van Echtscheiding) are issued by the Central Civil Registry Bureau (Burgerlijke Stand) in Paramaribo. Applicants may apply at their local district office (Burgerlijke Stand). Cost: 1,000 Surinamese Guilders.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Copies of Marriage (Huwelijksacte) and Divorce Records (Uitreksel uit het Register van Echtscheiding) are issued by the Central Civil Registry Bureau (Burgerlijke Stand) in Paramaribo. Applicants may apply at their local district office (Burgerlijke Stand). Cost: 1,000 Surinamese Guilders.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available. Good conduct certificates (Bewijs van Goedgedrag) may be obtained by residents in Suriname by applying in person at the Office of the District Commissioner in the district in which the person lives. This document bears the individual's photograph and contains any existing police and prison record for the previous ten years. For each copy desired, the individual must present the following:

  1. A certificate of the Registrar's Office (Burgerlijke Stand) in the district where the applicant lives showing the person's name and residence. This certificate costs 1,000 Surinamese Guilders.
  2. A 1,000 Surinamese Guilder stamp (for use on the police clearance).
  3. Two passport photographs (three-minute photos are not accepted).

Time period for receiving a police clearance is approximately six weeks.

Applicants residing outside of Suriname may request a police clearance at the nearest Surinamese Embassy or Consulate. If they are still registered as living in Suriname, a family member may request a police clearance on their behalf.

Prison Records

Available. Included in POLICE RECORD.

Military Records

Available. If the visa applicant served in the Armed Forces of the Netherlands before the independence of Suriname on November 25, 1975, an extract of the military record may be obtained from the Embassy of the Netherlands in Paramaribo. Fee: None. If the applicant has served in the Surinamese Army, an extract may be obtained from the National Army (National Leger) in Paramaribo. Fee: None.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

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Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Paramaribo, Suriname (Embassy)

Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 129

Tel: (011)(597) 472-900

Visa Services

All nonimmigrant visa categories for all of Suriname. Immigrant visas for nationals of Suriname are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana. Nonimmigrant visas for nationals of French Guiana are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 244-7488 (202) 244-5878

Miami, FL (305) 463-0694 (305) 463-0715

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Paramaribo
Kristalstaat 165
Paramaribo, Suriname
Telephone
(597) 472-900 ext. 2237
Emergency
(597) 710-1112
Fax
No Fax
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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Suriname
Republic of Suriname
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Six months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

 Yes

VACCINATIONS:

Yellow fever (in some cases; see Health section)

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Paramaribo

Kristalstaat 165
Paramaribo, Suriname
Telephone: (597) 472-900 ext. 2237
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (597) 710-1112

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Suriname for information on U.S. – Suriname relations. 

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Suriname website for the most current visa information.

  • Tourism: Visitors may obtain a tourist visa at the Embassy of Suriname or purchase a “Tourist Card” upon arrival at the airport. The card costs $35. It is good for a single entry, and is valid for 90 days.
  • Visits for purposes other than tourism: You must obtain a visa in advance of your trip. To obtain a business visa, you must provide a letter from the sponsoring company detailing the purpose for the visit.
  • Stays longer than three months: Before traveling to Suriname, you must apply for an Authorization for Temporary Stay (MVK).

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for foreign travelers visiting Suriname.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

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.

  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and don’t display large amounts of money in public.
  • Don’t walk alone at night, particularly in the immediate vicinity of major tourist hotels.
  • Avoid the Palm Garden area (“Palmentuin” in Dutch) after dark.
  • Drive with your windows closed and doors locked.
  • Avoid leaving bags, luggage, and valuables in vehicles in plain sight. Place them on the floors or in the trunk.
  • If you plan to travel outside Paramaribo, use a well-established tour company. Robberies and carjackings are concerns in:
    • Albina and Moengo cities,
    • Brokopondo district,
    • Along the East-West Highway between Paramaribo and Albina,
    • Along the Afobakka Highway in the district of Para.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

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.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

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.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

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.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Medical care is limited in many areas of the country and does not meet U.S. standards.

  • There is one public emergency room in Paramaribo, and only a small ambulance fleet with limited first response capabilities.
  • Medical specialists may not always be available.
  • In general, hospital facilities are not air conditioned.
  • Emergency medical care outside Paramaribo is limited, and is virtually non-existent in the interior of the country.
  • Upfront payment by cash, up to the total of all anticipated charges, is generally required by hospitals prior to services or treatment.
  • You can find prescription and over-the-counter medicines in pharmacies in Paramaribo, but the quality cannot be assured. There are frequent prescription medication shortages.
  • Over-the-counter medications are generally available, but U.S. brands may not be available.
  • You can bring medications for personal use. Suriname does not maintain a list of illegal medications. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

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:

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Travel and Transportation

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.

  • Large potholes are common, especially during the rainy season.
  • Roads often are not marked with traffic lines.
  • Many main roads do not have sidewalks, forcing pedestrians, motorcycles, and bicycles to share the same space.
  • Many roads flood, and cars with low clearance may have problems.
  • The East-West Highway stretches from Nieuw Nickerie in the west to Albina in the east. The road is not well maintained, and during the rainy season, sinkholes develop along the road.
  • Watch for slow-moving traffic or animals.
  • Exercise caution at night due to poor lighting and sharp road turns without adequate warning signs.
  • There are few service stations along the road, and western-style rest stops are non-existent.
  • Check with the police station in Albina for the latest safety information regarding travel between Paramaribo and Albina.
  • Roads in the interior are sporadically maintained dirt roads passing through sparsely populated rain forest. Conditions deteriorate rapidly during the rainy season.
  • There is no lighting, service stations, or emergency call boxes.
  • Bridges are in poor condition.
  • Consult with your hotel or the Foundation for Nature Conservation in Suriname at (597) 421-683 or (597) 476-579 regarding road conditions.

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.

  • Verify the price before entering the taxi.
  • Use hotel concierge taxis.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Suriname’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

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 Blue Wing Airlines for official travel on domestic flights within Suriname 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.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
No
What You Can Do
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Paramaribo

Kristalstaat 165
Paramaribo, Suriname
Telephone: (597) 472-900 ext. 2237
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (597) 710-1112

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General Information

For information concerning travel to Suriname including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Suriname.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

 

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Hague Abduction Convention

Suriname is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention), nor are there any bilateral agreements in force between Suriname and the United States concerning international parental child abduction.

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Return

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parental abduction is a crime in Suriname.  The Government of Suriname does not maintain a website specifically regarding custody, family law and visitation.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Suriname and who can provide legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances. 

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction.  For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child.  The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance. 

Contact information:

U.S. Department of State 
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's Issues
CA/OCS/CI 
SA-17, 9th Floor 
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Fax: 202-485-6221
Website
Email: AskCI@state.gov

 

 

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Visitation/Access

Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country.  Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Suriname and who can provide legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.

The Office of Children’s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States.  Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname for information and possible assistance.

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Retaining an Attorney

Neither the Office of Children’s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy of Suriname are authorized to provide legal advice.

The U.S. Embassy of Suriname posts a list of attorneys who have identified themselves as willing to represent U.S. citizens. 

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

In Suriname, informal mediation regarding family and child welfare is offered by the Social Welfare Division of the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs.

 

 

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Suriname is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).  Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Suriname, the Bureau of Family Rights and Affairs.  U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Suriname should contact the Bureau of Family Rights and Affairs to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Suriname, who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Suriname’s adoption authority. See contact information below.

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

The nearest immigrant visa-issuing embassy is the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana. Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Suriname and the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana’s website for information on consular services. You can also contact the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown at visageorge@state.gov. Note that prospective adoptive parents must submit the panel physician’s medical report on the child as part of the immigrant visa application.

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Contact Information

SURINAME’S ADOPTION AUTHORITY:
Bureau of Family Rights and Affairs (Bureau Voor Familierechtelijke Zaken)
Kernkampweg 29
Paramaribo, Suriname
Tel:  (597)-491916/434002/498759
Email: bufazsur@hotmail.com or bufazsur@yahoo.com

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 60 Months
B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D N/A N/A N/A
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A 3
H-2B None N/A N/A 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Month
U-2 None Multiple 48 Month
U-3 None Multiple 48 Month
U-4 None Multiple 48 Month
U-5 None Multiple 48 Month
V-1 None Multiple 60 Months
V-2 None Multiple 60 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 60 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available. Birth Certificates are issued by the Chief Officer of the Central Civil Registry Bureau (Burgerlijke Stand) in Paramaribo. Applicants may apply at their local district office (Burgerlijke Stand). Fee: 1,000 Surinamese Guilders.

Death Certificates

Copies of Death Records (Uitreksel uit het Register van Echtscheiding) are issued by the Central Civil Registry Bureau (Burgerlijke Stand) in Paramaribo. Applicants may apply at their local district office (Burgerlijke Stand). Cost: 1,000 Surinamese Guilders.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Copies of Marriage (Huwelijksacte) and Divorce Records (Uitreksel uit het Register van Echtscheiding) are issued by the Central Civil Registry Bureau (Burgerlijke Stand) in Paramaribo. Applicants may apply at their local district office (Burgerlijke Stand). Cost: 1,000 Surinamese Guilders.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available. Good conduct certificates (Bewijs van Goedgedrag) may be obtained by residents in Suriname by applying in person at the Office of the District Commissioner in the district in which the person lives. This document bears the individual's photograph and contains any existing police and prison record for the previous ten years. For each copy desired, the individual must present the following:

  1. A certificate of the Registrar's Office (Burgerlijke Stand) in the district where the applicant lives showing the person's name and residence. This certificate costs 1,000 Surinamese Guilders.
  2. A 1,000 Surinamese Guilder stamp (for use on the police clearance).
  3. Two passport photographs (three-minute photos are not accepted).

Time period for receiving a police clearance is approximately six weeks.

Applicants residing outside of Suriname may request a police clearance at the nearest Surinamese Embassy or Consulate. If they are still registered as living in Suriname, a family member may request a police clearance on their behalf.

Prison Records

Available. Included in POLICE RECORD.

Military Records

Available. If the visa applicant served in the Armed Forces of the Netherlands before the independence of Suriname on November 25, 1975, an extract of the military record may be obtained from the Embassy of the Netherlands in Paramaribo. Fee: None. If the applicant has served in the Surinamese Army, an extract may be obtained from the National Army (National Leger) in Paramaribo. Fee: None.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

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Other Records

Not applicable

Visa Issuing Posts

Paramaribo, Suriname (Embassy)

Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 129

Tel: (011)(597) 472-900

Visa Services

All nonimmigrant visa categories for all of Suriname. Immigrant visas for nationals of Suriname are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana. Nonimmigrant visas for nationals of French Guiana are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 244-7488 (202) 244-5878

Miami, FL (305) 463-0694 (305) 463-0715

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Paramaribo
Kristalstaat 165
Paramaribo, Suriname
Telephone
(597) 472-900 ext. 2237
Emergency
(597) 710-1112
Fax
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Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.