Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, Suriname (March 15, 2020)
Event: On March 13, the Government of Suriname announced one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Suriname and the decision to close all ports of entry starting March 14, including airports, border ferry crossings, and land borders. The ban on arrivals to and departures from Suriname will be provisionally valid for 30 days. Visit the website of the Ministry of Public Health for additional information on these new measures.
The Government of Suriname announced that commercial airlines will be allowed to fly non-residents of Suriname, including non-resident U.S. citizens, out of the country from March 15 to March 22. All schools will be closed from March 16 to April 14, and all social gatherings of more than 100 people are banned.
Actions to Take:
Check with your airline regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions or to book a flight to depart Suriname up to and including March 22.
Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
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.