COVID-19 Information

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Last updated:  08/12/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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:

  • Suriname has confirmed cases of COVID 19 within its borders. Please visit www.covid-19.sr for an updated case count.
  • It is mandatory to wear face masks in public.
  • Social gatherings are limited to ten people.
  • Outdoor dining / terrace visit is allowed
  • Funerals are limited to twenty-five people.
  • Public transportation is allowed. Registered taxis may operate for all citizens in accordance with the measures in force.
  • Grocery stores, bakeries, butchers, drug stores, and gas stations are open on Monday to Sunday from 6am-8 pm. Banks, money transfer businesses, insurance companies, and currency exchange offices “cambio’s” are open on Monday to Saturday from 6am-2 pm. Only one person per family, who must be at least 18 years old, is allowed into grocery stores or other commercial businesses at a time.
  • Recreational resorts, casinos, gambling and entertainment venues and games of chance offices are open according to the protocols that have been agreed with these sectors.
  • All government offices are open during this period, in compliance with the applicable prevention protocols and with specific instructions from the relevant ministers.
  • Individual sports are permitted.
  • Sports, yoga and dance schools, aerobics, zumba, sports and fitness centers or venues are allowed to open their businesses
  • Drinking alcohol in public spaces is prohibited.
  • Only Primary Education (GLO), open from Wednesday 14 July 2021 and also students of exam classes are allowed to visit the schools under strict adherence to protocols. Remaining education remains closed until further notice.

Places of worship:
Churches are open on the condition that, depending on the size, a maximum of 50 people are in the room at a time. The government remains in conclave with the places of worship.

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 72 hours? 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. 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.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html

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 (exclusively for pregnant women) 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.
    • Suriname’s borders are open for fully vaccinated individuals. Fully vaccinated persons do not require permission to travel to Suriname and are not bound by the quarantine obligation.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals will need to present the following documents:
        • Proof of complete vaccination
        • Negative PCR test and;
        • Valid travel documents.

1. The borders are open for passenger traffic during this period, provided that:
1.1. Fully vaccinated persons do not require permission to travel to Suriname and are not bound by the quarantine obligation (see paragraph 5). The airlines have no restrictions on fully vaccinated people, but they do have a control and enforcement obligation. The following documents are required: – Proof of complete vaccination- Negative PCR and- Valid travel documents.
1.2. Travel of fully vaccinated people from Suriname (outbound); the airlines and target group are bound by the rules of the country to which the travel is made.

2. Persons who are not or not fully vaccinated are obliged to quarantine in accordance with the applicable regulations of the Ministry of Health and permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Business and International Cooperation (see paragraph 6).
2.1. Are the conditions and protocols specific to the country in question from which the person comes directly; and
2.2. 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.

3. With due observance of the provisions of paragraph 1, only the following flights are permitted in Surinamese airspace during this period:
3.1. Netherlands, Caribbean, Guyana, French Guiana and the United States of America, Brazil: outbound and inbound flights for cargo and passenger traffic.
3.2. Cuba and the Dominican Republic: only inbound and outbound cargo traffic and outbound passenger traffic.
3.3. Haiti: no passenger traffic is allowed.

4. During this period, goods, and essential passenger traffic by water from Guyana and French Guiana will only be allowed on Wednesdays and Fridays.

5. Travelers who are fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be able to travel from Suriname abroad (outbound) and from abroad to Suriname (inbound) during this period, only if they: See paragraph 1.
5 .1. For inbound and outbound passenger traffic: be demonstrably fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus;
5.2. For inbound passenger traffic: be in possession of a negative SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test result not older than 72 hours before departure of the flight to Suriname; and
5.3. For inbound passenger traffic: the traveler is advised to go into self- or home quarantine seven days after arrival.

6. Travelers who are not or not fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be able to travel to Suriname (inbound) from abroad only for essential purposes or repatriation purposes during this period, only if they:
6.1. Be in possession of a negative SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test result not older than 72 hours before departure of the flight to Suriname; and
6.2. After arrival, go into compulsory hotel quarantine (under guard) for seven days.

7. Travelers who are not or not fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be able to travel abroad (outbound) from Suriname during this period, provided they travel to their country of birth or place of residence or a country of they have the nationality.

8. The Surinamese authorities may exempt essential travel and/or persons from essential professions (expats, diplomats, government officials, doctors and healthcare personnel) from the requirements set out in paragraphs 4, 5 and 6.

 

  • U.S. citizens who are currently in Suriname are allowed to depart Suriname to return to the United States.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Travelers must show a negative RT PCR test not older than 72 hours. Quick test results or antibody test results are not accepted.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • 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.

 Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes.
    • A curfew is in place from August 10, 2021, to August 31, 2021. During weekdays from Monday to Saturday from 21:00 pm to 6:00 am.  There will be a complete lockdown on holidays during the period August 10, 2021, to August 31, 2021.

      • Most medical facilities remain open 7 days per week. Some essential businesses are allowed to continue operations. Please consult the Government of Suriname’s webpage for full information about lockdown regulations. Individuals who need to leave their home for an emergency during these periods may request emergency dispensation by contacting 8413535 or 8151555 or kpscovid19sec@gmail.com. Police may detain or fine people who do not abide by lockdown regulations.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

 Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Unvaccinated travelers who receive approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to travel to Suriname are required to quarantine for 7 days upon arrival in Suriname at their own expense in a hotel recommended by the Health Authorities. A paid hotel reservation must be evidenced upon check in for the flight. For a list of registered hotels, please see http://www.bogsuriname.com/quarantine. Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to quarantine, but the Government of Surinamese recommends that these travelers self-quarantine at home for 7 days.
    • While in quarantine, travelers may be required by the Government of Suriname to take a COVID-19 test. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 in Suriname, including U.S. citizens, may be placed in mandatory isolation at a government isolation facility at their own expense, and may not be released until cleared by a medical doctor. Travelers should be aware that even individuals who test positive with no symptoms of COVID-19 may be required to isolate at such a facility at their own expense. Isolation facilities may include outdoor tents and may not be air conditioned.

 Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No
    • 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.
  • 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 request an appointment, please write to caparamar@state.gov.
  • Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in Suriname, the United States Embassy in Suriname is suspending all new appointments for routine visa services, including interview waiver visa renewals, as of June 1, 2021. While we aim to resume routine visa services as soon as possible, we cannot give a specific date. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please write to caparamar@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.

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 or Consulate 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