COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  12/05/2021

*** Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.  

Country-Specific Information: 

The measures of the previous period have been extended; The following has been changed in brief: 

  1. The curfew is from 23:00 hours in the evening to 5:00 AM in the morning. 
  2. The opening times of commercial premises and restaurants are now from 5:00 AM. to20:00 hours(excluding delivery). 
  3. Countries with a ‘variant of concern’ as indicated by the WHO, are in principle classified as high-risk countries.

From Monday 29 November 2021, the following measures will apply until further notice: 

Measure 1 – The General Measures: 

  1. Wearing mouth and nose coverings outside one’s own home is mandatory, especially when entering rooms.
  2. Always observe the 1.5 meters’ physical distance, the so-called COVID19 distance.
  3. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.
  4. It is still strongly advised to stay at home and only go out for necessary work, medical emergencies or for essential shopping.

Measure 2 – The Curfew: 

  1. The curfew is daily from 23:00hours in the evening until 5:00 AM in the morning.  
  2. For national holidays that are equivalent to Sunday, the competent authorities will issue specific guidelines and instructions to regulate freedom of movement.
  3. During the curfew, at the indicated hours, the essential services and persons in possession of a dispensation or who have registered through the Ministry of Justice and Police, are allowed to go on public roads. This exception also applies to people who have to go on public roads, due to medical emergencies and or doing a COVID-19 swab or vaccination. 
  4. The checkpoints for movement of people in various places will be maintained. At strategic checkpoints, especially to and from the south of the country, there will also be testing for infections.
  5. Domestic flights are only allowed for cargo, repatriation of stranded passengers and for medical emergencies. Commercial domestic flights for regular passenger traffic are not allowed.
  6. The borders via land, water and air will remain closed to persons unless for urgent reasons permission is granted by the Covid-19 Crisis Management Team.
  7. The Covid-19 prevention protocols approved and issued by the Outbreak Management Team are considered instruments of control by the competent authorities.
  8. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation will continue to talk with neighboring countries about the manner of cooperation at the borders.

Measure 3 – The Gathering Ban: 

  1. It is prohibited to participate in a group of more than 10 people. Excluded are the National Assembly, the Government, the State Council, members of the Court of Justice and persons from care,securityand essential services. 
  2. The foregoing does not apply to:
    • 2.1. Groups consisting only of persons who form a family or household; and 
    • 2.2. Children under the age of 12 years.  
  3. A person who is in a group as referred to in paragraph 1 is obliged to immediatelycontinue onhis way, or to remove himself in the direction indicated, or on an order to that effect from a uniformed police officer.
  4. Meetings for work and sectors or activities for which there is a prevention protocol are allowed.
  5. Parties, including house parties, are prohibited.
  6. Meetings for mourning sessions and funerals are only allowed if and insofar as no more than 25 persons are present on site at the same time, if the space allows one and a half meters away, and with due observance of the regulations and prevention protocols of the aforementioned activities.
    • 6.1. Funeral directors are required to register with the Covid-19 Crisis Management Team.
    •  6.2. Places of worship are open on the condition that, depending on the surface, there are a maximum of 50 people at a time in the room. If the space allows more than 50 people to be present, taking into account the regulations, this is allowed, provided that the regulations and protocols are strictly applied. The government remains in conclave with the places of worship.
    • 6.3. Home church services involving persons from outside the household are not permitted. 
  7. Contact sports are allowed for fully vaccinated athletes, taking into account the applicable prevention protocols. Individual sports and non-contact sports are also allowed. If competitions are started, they must be played without an audience. 
  8. The transport of persons by means of public transport by road or water is only permitted with due observance of the public transport protocol. Mandatory mask use will be monitored. The compliance and enforcement of the public transport protocol will be the responsibility of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Tourism.
  9. Persons who demonstrably provide informal care can do so on a regular basis, provided they can demonstrate that they are on the public road for those purposes.
  10. It is prohibited for anyone to consume alcoholic beverages in public and/or to be unnecessarily in the vicinity of shops and supermarkets.

Measure 4 – Restriction of Government Activities: 

  1. All government offices are open during this period, with due observance of the applicable prevention protocols and with specific instructions from the relevant ministers.

Measure 5 – Restriction of Commercial Activities:

  1. During this period, it is prohibited to have the following commercial premises or areas of any kind open to the public:
    • a) Night clubs, dance halls, discotheques and the like
    • b) Bars
    • c) Restaurants, subject to the exceptions in paragraph 2, below.
  2. During this period, only with due observance of the valid and applicable Covid-19 prevention protocols developed by the Ministry of Health, it is allowed to have open the following commercial premises or spaces of any kind accessible to the public:
    • a) All commercial premises other than those referred to in the first paragraph: from Monday to Sunday from 5:00 AM to 20.00 hours;
    • b) Restaurants and other commercial establishments for food preparation, collection or delivery:
      • i. Daily, for pickup and drive-thru only, from 5:00 AM to 20:00 hours;
      • ii. Delivery is allowed 24 hours a day.
      • iii. Terraces or Outdoor dining, daily from 5:00 AM to 20:00 hours.
    • c) Restaurants and other commercial venues for indoor dining:
      • i. Daily from 5:00 AM to 20:00 hours provided that only persons are admitted who are fully vaccinated or who show a negative SARS-Cov-2 antigen test result not older than 24 hours. The management is responsible for compliance with this.
  3. Gyms, yoga and dance schools, aerobics, Zumba, sports and fitness centers or venues, where it is recommended that these activities take place outdoors.
  4. Legal and financial service providers such as lawyers, accountants, tax specialists, lawyers, notaries, etc. are urgently advised to provide the services remotely as much as possible (by telephone, e-mail, or video conference).
  5. Employers of companies that are allowed to open must appoint a (senior) official who must monitor compliance with the general measures and the Covid-19 prevention protocols in the workplace.

COVID-19 Testing 

 Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Suriname? Yes. 

If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes. 

 Report symptoms right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 by dialing 178 to reach the designated Ministry of Public Health COVID-19 hotline, or by sending a text to 8836643. The Ministry of Public Health will provide instructions for COVID-19 testing to those who meet the requirements.  

 For a list of testing locations, please see http://www.bogsuriname.com/swabposten/. 

 Travelers who need to obtain a non-medically indicated COVID-19 test (i.e. a test solely for the purpose of traveling) may make an appointment to do so at the Academisch Ziekenhuis no later than 4 days prior to departure from Suriname by visiting https://personal-ecxxlsw9.outsystemscloud.com/COVID19Agenda/ 

 You will receive an appointment confirmation after submitting your online request. Five minutes prior to your appointment time you may sign in at the back gate of the Academisch Ziekenhuis on Flustraat, next to COVAB. The cost of the test is US$100 or 100 euro, depending. Results are available within 48 hours. For questions about obtaining a COVID-19 test in Suriname for the purposes of travel, you may send a whatsapp message to 8998743 or consult a travel agency for assistance making a COVID-19 test appointment. 

 COVID-19 testing for travelers is also available at MediLab, a private clinic.  PCR tests cost approximately USD $75.  Please contact the lab directly for additional details: https://www.facebook.com/Medilab-Laboratorium-Radiologie-107146740827370/ 

 Anyone, including a U.S. citizen, who tests positive for COVID-19 in Suriname may be placed in mandatory isolation at a government facility at their own expense and may not be released until cleared by the attending medical doctor. Isolation facilities may include outdoor tents. Travelers are responsible for all costs associated with quarantine or isolation. 

 Travelers should be aware that airlines may impose stricter testing requirements than their destination country. Check with your airline prior to traveler to verify testing requirements. 

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information: 

 Has the government of Suriname approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes. 

 Are vaccines available in Suriname for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes. 

 Which vaccines are available in Suriname? AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer and Sinopharm. 

 Individuals in Suriname may register to be vaccinated on the Government of Suriname’s website: https://laatjevaccineren.sr/ . After online registration, individuals will be contacted with further information about when and where they can be vaccinated. 

 Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.  

 The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. 

 Entry and Exit Requirements: 

 Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. 

Measure 6 – Permitted Border Passages: 

  1. The borders will be open to passenger traffic in the period from 29 November 2021 until further notice, provided that:
    • a) the conditions and protocols specific to the relevant country or region from which the person comes directly are met; and 
    • b) only after the person has received prior approval from the competent Surinamese authorities to travel, whereby the essential character of the journey to be made will be assessed, subject to the exception, noted below.
  2. In determining the conditions and protocols specific to the relevant country or region from which the person comes directly, use will be made of the current incidences of the countries and the circulation of ‘variants of concern’. The countries are classified according to risk (low,mediumand high). Based on the risk classification, there are specific conditions that a traveler must meet. The risk classification of countries and the applicable conditions and protocols associated with the risk levels will be further announced by the competent Surinamese authorities. The classification of the countries will be continuously updated. The countries where a so-called ‘variant of concern’ of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is circulating, as indicated by the World Health Organization (WHO). 
  3. With due observance of the provisions of paragraph 1, in the period from 29 November 2021 until further notice, only the following flights are permitted in Surinamese airspace: 
    • a) The Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, Guyana, French Guiana, Brazil, Panama, Trinidad &Tobago,and the United States of America: outbound and inbound flights for cargo and passenger traffic 
    • b) Cuba and the Dominican Republic: only inbound and outbound flights for cargo traffic and outbound flights for passenger traffic 
    • c) Haiti: no passenger traffic allowed.
  4. From 29 November 2021, until further notice, goods and passenger traffic on water will be allowed from Guyana and French Guiana.From November 29, 2021, until further notice the following measures will apply for persons who wishes to travel to the Republic of Suriname:a) Fully vaccinated persons travelling from high-risk countries do not need permission. The following documents are required prior to boarding an airplane:· Proof of complete vaccination.· Negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours before departure.· Valid travel documents.

    On the third day after arrival in Suriname, a SAR-CoV-2 antigen test must be taken at an accredited test location by the Ministry of Public Health.

    b) Fully vaccinated persons travelling from low or medium-risk countries do not need permission. The following documents are required:

    · Proof of complete vaccination.

    · Negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours before departure or a negative SAR-CoV-2 antigen test result within 24 hours before departure.

    · Valid travel documents.

    For above passengers (a and b) traveling to Suriname, it is advised to observe a seven (7) day self- or home-quarantine after arrival.

 Not or non-fully vaccinated persons traveling to Suriname: 

  • Persons can submit a request for permission to enter at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BIBIS) via the email address conza@gov.sr. 
  • Limited exceptions can be made for travelers from high-risk countries who are not or non-fully vaccinated. 
  • The following categories of persons can apply for an entry permit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation: Surinamese residents and essential personnel, including Diplomatic Staff. 

 The following conditions will apply: 

  •  They will have to present proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 by presenting SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test results that are no older than 48 hours prior to departure for Suriname. 
  • Immediately after arrival in Suriname a 7-day compulsory hotel quarantine with surveillance must be observed. 
  • A person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the last COVID-19 vaccination shot (for Johnson & Johnson/Jansen, only 1 shot is required). 
  • A person is also considered fully vaccinated after being tested positive for COVID-19, from 14 days to 3 months ago with a statement from an infectiologist or an internist showing the relevant test results (SARS-CoV-2 RT- PCR and CT value). 
  • The vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AZD1222 (SK Bioscience Co Ltd.), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm  and Sinovac. 
  • Children under the age of 18 years are exempted from the vaccination requirement. 

 Furthermore, the Ministry wishes to inform that domestic flights will be allowed only for cargo, repatriation of stranded passengers and for medical emergencies. Commercial domestic flights for regular passenger traffic are not allowed. 

Travelers who are not or not fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be able to travel abroad (outbound) from Suriname in the period from November 29, 2021 until further notice, provided they travel to their country of birth or residence or a country of which they have the nationality. 

U.S. citizens who are currently in Suriname are allowed to depart Suriname to return to the United States. 

Foreigners in Suriname who need to renew their residence should contact the Ministry of Justice and Police Sub Directorate of Alien Affairs by calling 427197, extensions 3610, 3611, and 3612 or visiting www.vz.juspol.sr. 

Measure 7 – Education 

  1. Ordinary Primary Education (GLO), will be open from Monday 11 October 2021, with due observance of the applicable and applicable Covid-19prevention protocols developed by the Ministry of Health, prepared and authorized by the Outbreak Management Team and with due observance of the regulations in Appendix A.
  2. Secondary Education, will be open with due observance of the applicable and applicable Covid-19 prevention protocols developed by the Ministry of Health,preparedand authorized by the Outbreak Management Team and with due observance of the regulations in Appendix A. 
  3. Teachers and other staff at schools are strongly advised to be vaccinated, so that the percentage of vaccinated staff (teachers, cleaning staff, administrative staff,canteenand other staff) exceeds 70%. 

Quarantine Information: 

Measure 8 – Restrictions on persons in isolation or quarantine; 

  1. Persons against whom a measure of quarantine, isolation or mandatory stay at home has been notified or imposed are prohibited from withdrawing from it or from entering or being outside their home or places of residence.
  2. The government strongly urges the community to strictly adhere to the above measuresin order toprovide maximum protection for you and your family and others with whom you may come in contact. 
  3. The measures provide more space for the community to go out on public roads, but you are called upon to only go out if it is urgently necessary.
  4. The government will continue to closely monitor developmentswith regard tocare and infections and, if necessary, adjust the aforementioned measures on that basis. 

Transportation Options: 

Are commercial flights operating? Yes 

American Airlines has nonstop flights between Miami and Paramaribo several times per week. Please contact the airline directly or visit American Airlines at www.aa.com 

Surinam Airways is operating limited flights for repatriation and essential travelers only from Paramaribo to Miami. U.S. citizens may use these flights to return to the United States. For more information about these flights or to book, please contact the airline directly or visit www.flyslm.com or www.facebook.com/surinamairways. 

KLM may operate flights between Paramaribo and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. U.S. citizens departing Suriname are permitted to transit Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, remain airside for up to 48 hours, and continue onward to destinations outside the EU, including the U.S.  However, passengers will not be permitted to exit the transit area, therefore, they must have a confirmed onward flight outside of the EU prior to commencing travel.  Note that it will not be possible to leave the transit area to check your luggage onto a new flight.  A list of overnight stay hotel and shower facilities accessible from the transit area is available at https://www.schiphol.nl/en/at-schiphol/services/sleep-after-passport-control Please contact the facilities directly prior to departure to ensure they have availability during your transit through Schiphol airport.  If you are travelling to another country via the Netherlands, you must present a negative test result. For more information, please visit https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-the-netherlands-from-abroad/exemptions-to-the-entry-ban/eu-entry-ban-exemption-categories. 

Domestic flights will be allowed only for cargo, repatriation of stranded passengers and for medical emergencies. Commercial domestic flights for regular passenger traffic are not allowed. 

Is public transportation operating? Yes 
Public transportation is allowed. Registered taxis may operate for all citizens in accordance with the measures in force. 

Fines for Non-Compliance: 

Violators of Suriname’s COVID-19 prevention measures may be fined up to 10,000 SRD. Repeat violators may be sentenced to up to 6 months imprisonment. Law enforcement may also detain or fine violators of any lockdown or curfew regulations. 

Consular Operations: 

The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo is open for services to American citizens.   To schedule an appointment please click this link: https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=PRM&appcode=1 

Limited appointment slots are available for Interview Waiver and routine appointments. 

For routine appointments and information on how to apply, click this link https://sr.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas-tourism-visit/how-to-apply/ 

For Interview Waiver, send an email to this email address: caparamar@state.gov. 

COVID Test Waiver for Entering the United States 

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at caparamar@state.gov and provide the information below.  The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration. 

The following information must be provided for each passenger: 

  • Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country 
  • Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit 
  • Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit 
  • U.S. destination address 
    • Is U.S. destination home address?
  • Departure date 
  • Flight itinerary 
  • Name of submitting entity if different from passenger 
  • Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable) 
  • Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable) 
  • Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable) 
  • Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s)) 
  • Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety) 
  • Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation) 

 Local Resources:

Suriname National Crisis Portal (in Dutch)
Bureau of Public Health COVID Information
Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport
Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM)
Surinam Airways (SLM)

 Other links:

COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
CDC page on COVID-19
Suriname Country Information and Suriname Travel Advisory on travel.state.gov
For medical assistance while in Suriname, you may consult our list of medical resources in Suriname.
View the U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, Suriname’s Most Recent Alerts