The Consular Section is ready to provide a variety of services to American citizens and to citizens of other countries. The Consular Section is responsible for matters such as American Citizen Services and non-immigrant and immigrant visa requests.The Consular Section is located on the first floor of the American Embassy at 165 Kristalstraat, Paramaribo, Suriname.The Consular section may be reached by calling 556-700. Calling from the United States, dial 011-597-556-700.
Hours of Operation
American Citizen Services: Friday, 08:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, by appointment only.
Non-Immigrant Visas: Mondays and Tuesdays, 07:45 – 11:00, by appointment only.
Public Affairs Section
The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy seeks to engage with local communities in Suriname through public diplomacy outreach.As a section, we manage the Embassy’s media, cultural, and educational affairs by providing a wide array of information about the United States to the public. In addition, we also work with Surinamese policymakers and journalists by supplying and explaining policies of the U.S. Government.
We strengthen our ties with the Surinamese community through:
We actively strive to build our relationship with the media through press conferences, press releases, and answering questions about U.S. policy. We also promote improving the quality of the media available to Surinamers by assisting with media training events and other programs according to the needs identified by different media groups. Journalists may contact Ingrid Hill to be added to the embassy’s press release distribution list or for information on embassy activities. Click here to access our press release archive.
Culture and Education
Mutual understanding between citizens of the United States and Suriname lays the foundation of a strong bilateral relationship. The Public Affairs Section manages several programs aimed to increase the cultural and educational ties between Suriname and the United States:
Political & Economic Section
The Embassy’s Political and Economic Section is staffed by officers from the U.S. Department of State.
The Political Section analyzes political developments and their potential impact on U.S. interests, promotes the adoption by Suriname of foreign policy decisions that support U.S. interests, and advises U.S. business executives on the political climate of Suriname.
The Economic Section advises U.S. businesses on Suriname’s investment climate and economic trends, and they negotiate trade and investment agreements that promote free trade. The section also analyzes and reports on macroeconomic trends and trade policies that will help make Suriname a more stable and open market, while promoting the adoption of economic policies which further U.S. interests.
Economic / Commercial Climate
- Background Notes
- Country Commercial Guide
- Combating Intellectual Property Violations
Military Liaison Office (MLO)
Welcome to the Military Liaison Office (MLO)
American Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname, 2006
The Military Liaison Office (MLO) represents U.S. Southern Command in Suriname.
Our goal is to help in the development of the Armed Forces of Suriname by organizing/providing training and purchasing required equipment. In doing this, we hope to reinforce military subordination to civilian control and produce long term military professional development.
The MLO is responsible for implementing a variety of Security Assistance Programs and Exercises, including:
- Humanitarian Assistance Civic Action
- The Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP)
- International Military Education and Training IMET)
- Foreign Military Finance (FMF)
- Excess Defense Articles Program (EDA)
- Traditional Commander’s Activities (TCA)
- Regional Training Exercises
Through these programs, the MLO promotes cooperation between the U.S. and Surinamese militaries, civilian control and the increased professionalization of the Surinamese Armed Forces.
During the past three years, the MLO has carried out the following programs in conjunction with the Surinamese Armed Forces:
- Joint Combined Education and Training (JCET) program
- Three Medical Readiness Training Exercises
- Malaria Vector Control Assessment
- Donated $200K school supplies to the Ministry of Education
- Renovation of Suriname’s National Emergency Operations Center
- Construction of two disaster relief warehouses
- Medical first responder training
- Donation of $250K medical first responder equipment
- Exercises attended by Surinamese soldiers abroad:
- Fuerzas Armadas Humanitarias FA-HUM
- Peace Keeping Operations North/South PKO-N/PKO-S
- Events Hosted in Suriname:
- Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS)
- Military Police Subject Matter Exchange
- Suriname Medical and HIV/AIDS Initiative Workshop
- National Disaster Preparedness Conference
- Physical Security and Stockpile Management Seminar
- National Emergency Operation Center Training
- Three Training visits of the US Coast Guard Gentian
- Medical First Responder Training, part II
American Chamber of Commerce of Suriname
Established in September 2002, the American Chamber of Commerce of Suriname actively promotes commerce between Suriname and the United States (Suriname’s largest trading partner), disseminates information about business opportunities and other issues of interest to its members, and advocates forward-thinking policies affecting the private sector.
As of March 2019 Amcham has 22 members. Most are local companies that do business with the United States; all are strategically positioning themselves to seize even more opportunities in the era of globalization, the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME), and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
American Chamber of Commerce of Suriname
Phone: 597-411332/ 422441