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.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's Issues
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
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.
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.
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.
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 if 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:
The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.
To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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:
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.
Available. Included in POLICE RECORD.
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.
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Paramaribo, Suriname (Embassy)
Dr. Sophie Redmondstraat 129
Tel: (011)(597) 472-900
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.