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Last updated:  01/23/2021

***  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.
  • Gatherings are limited to five people
  • Grocery stores remain open. Only one person per family is allowed into supermarkets or other stores at a time.

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.  Rapid COVID-19 tests cost approximately SRD 295.  PCR tests cost approximately USD 50 or SRD 1000.  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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Suriname approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • 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.
  • According to the Health Ministry, the COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available in Suriname.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No.
    • Suriname’s borders are closed to commercial passenger traffic. Only passengers authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation will be admitted on flights to Suriname. People who meet one of the following categories may send a request for permission to travel to Suriname at least five business days prior to the intended departure date to conza@gov.sr.
      • Holders of a Surinamese passport and foreign nationals with a valid Surinamese residence permit, work permit, or foreign nationals with a valid PSA card who reside in Suriname.
      • Persons of Surinamese origin who wish to travel due to the death of a first- or second-degree family member. It is necessary to submit a death certificate and evidence documenting the family relationship.
      • Persons of Surinamese origin who wish to travel due to serious and/or terminal illness of a first- or second-degree family member. It is necessary to submit a statement from a medical specialist and evidence documenting the family relationship.
      • Essential travelers to Suriname serving the public interest, namely professional groups, diplomats, and government officials.
    • Approved travelers to Suriname should note the following requirements:
      • The traveler must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate issued within 72 hours of departure time (this doesn’t apply to passengers younger than 12).
      • The traveler must present a health insurance certificate for coverage of all medical costs related to COVID-19, including monitoring by the doctor during the quarantine period
      • In case medical insurance doesn’t cover COVID-19 related expenses, all costs associated with any treatment caused by COVID-19 will be borne by the passenger.
      • Upon arrival in Suriname a 7-day mandatory quarantine is required for all passengers 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.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Travelers must show a negative RT PRC 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 were unable to renew their Surinamese residence permit between March and October 2020 due to the pandemic will have the opportunity to do so between February 1, 2021 and April 1, 2021. Applications for renewal of residence permits should be directed to the Ministry of Justice and Police.

 Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes.
    • A curfew is in place nightly from 7pm to 5am. Police may detain or fine people who do not abide by curfew regulations.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

 Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • 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.
    • 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.

 Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No
    • KLM intends to suspend flights to Suriname beginning January 23, 2021. Should KLM operate future flights from Paramaribo to Amsterdam, U.S. citizens departing Suriname are permitted to transit Schiphol airport, remain airside, and continue onward to the United States. However, passengers will not be permitted to exit the transit area. Passengers should have a confirmed onward flight to the U.S. prior to commencing travel. For further information about these flights or to book tickets, please visit klm.com.
    • Surinam Airways may operate limited flights from Paramaribo to Miami. For information about requirements for these flights, please contact the airline directly or visit www.flyslm.com or www.facebook.com/surinamairways.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Taxis and buses are available.

 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 curfew violators.

 Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo can provide emergency services to American citizens. To request an emergency appointment, please write to caparamar@state.gov.
  • As of December 28, 2020, the United States Embassy in Suriname is unable to process routine nonimmigrant visas services. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please write to caparamar@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.

 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 trave.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