COVID-19 Information

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Last updated:  06/10/2021

***  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 five people. Funerals are limited to ten people.
  • Places of worship are closed.
  • Public transportation is prohibited. Registered taxis may operate for emergencies or essential personnel only.
  • Grocery stores, bakeries, butchers, drug stores, and gas stations are open only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7am-5pm. Banks, money transfer businesses, insurance companies, and currency exchange offices “cambios” are open only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am-2pm. 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.
  • Sports are prohibited, including group and individual sports.
  • Drinking alcohol in public spaces is prohibited.
  • Schools are closed until further notice.

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.
  • 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? No.
    • Suriname’s borders are closed. Only essential and repatriation passenger traffic is permitted, and only after the person has received prior approval from the competent Surinamese authorities to travel, whereby the essential nature of the journey to be made will be assessed. Travel for tourism in Suriname is currently prohibited. Prospective travelers 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.
      • Approved travelers to Suriname should note the following requirements:
        • The traveler must present evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19.
        • The traveler must present authorization from the Surinamese government to enter, in addition to a valid Surinamese visa.
        • 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 Government of Suriname recommends that travelers complete 7 days of home quarantine upon arrival in Suriname.
    • 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 nationwide total lockdown is in place from May 31, 2021 to June 18, 2021. One person per family, who must be 18 years or older, is allowed out of the home to go grocery shopping on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am-4pm. 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? No
    • Public transportation is currently prohibited. Registered taxis may operate for emergencies or essential personnel only.

 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