Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, Suriname

Location: Suriname

Event: The government of Suriname has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Ministry of Public Health for additional information on these new measures.

On March 13, Suriname’s Vice President announced the country will close its airspace at midnight the same day. The blanket travel ban on all incoming and outgoing flights will be provisionally valid for 30 days.

Following the eventual resumption of air traffic, the government of Suriname’s latest March 11 guidance is that passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19, including Surinamese residents and non-residents, who arrive in Suriname after traveling within the last 14 days in countries where there is local transmission of COVID-19 will be quarantined for 14 days after arrival. Passengers without symptoms will be instructed to self-quarantine and report any symptoms directly to the designated Ministry of Public Health hotline by dialing 178 (text 8836643). All travelers arriving in Suriname will undergo temperature scans by Port Health Officers.

Actions to Take:

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 for the latest information.
Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

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.


U.S. Embassy Paramaribo, Suriname

(597) 556-700
(597) 710-1112 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Suriname Country Information
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