COVID-19 Information

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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 ten people. Funerals and religious services may be held with larger groups, as long as there is no more than one person per 5 square meters.
  • Grocery stores remain open.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
    • Suriname’s borders are open only for direct passenger traffic from the Netherlands. This passenger traffic into Suriname is for repatriation, essential workers, and emergency travel only. U.S. citizens who believe they fall into one of these categories and wish to travel to Suriname should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Suriname for more information and authorization prior to traveling.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Arriving passengers must show a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate issued within 72 to 48 hours before departure time.  Children younger than 12 years old are exempt from this requirement
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Foreigners present in Suriname who need to request an extension of their stay in Suriname may contact the Vreemdelingenpolitie (Foreign Police) at vreemdelingsurcovid19@gmail.com.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes.
    • A curfew is in place from 10pm to 5am daily.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Travelers from the U.S. may be required to quarantine at a government facility for 10 days.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • 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.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • KLM is operating commercial 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.
  • 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.

Consular Operations:

 

  • The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo is providing services to American citizens, including passport and registration of birth abroad services as well as notaries. To request an appointment, please write to caparamar@state.gov.
  • As of October 13, 2020, the United States Embassy in Suriname is resuming certain nonimmigrant visa services, including: F and M student visas, and J exchange visas (not subject to or excepted from Presidential Proclamation 10052). While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. You may request an appointment for one of these visa services by writing to caparamar@state.gov. The U.S. Embassy in Suriname remains unable to resume routine nonimmigrant visas services for other visa categories at this time, including B1/B2 visitor visas. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please write to caparamar@state.gov to request an emergency appointment. Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an emergency appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.

Local Resources:

Suriname National Crisis Portal (in Dutch)

Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport

Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM)

Surinam Airways (SLM)

Other links:

COVID-19 crisis 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.

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