Travelling to Suriname

Passport Requirements:

  • Passport must be valid at least 6 (six) months on arrival.
  • Surinamese travelers must present a valid passport. Expired passports will not be accepted.
  • Those residing in Suriname may enter with travel documents valid on arrival.
  • Passports issued by the United Nations to stateless persons and refugees are accepted, provided they have obtained approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to arrival.

Visa is required:

  • For all applicants except for holders of passports of countries which have a visa exemption agreement with Suriname. For the list of countries click here
  • Applicants should apply for a visa well in advance of their travel date.
  • Do not purchase an airline ticket before your visa is issued.
  • Visa can be purchased online via: https://suriname.vfsevisa.com

The Embassy issues different kind of visas:

Visa Exemptions for:

  • Holders of “Laisser-Passers", issued by the United Nations, whilst travelling on duty
  • Holders of an official travel document issued by the Organization of American States
  • Nationals of Suriname
  • Nationals of The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba; Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Dominica, Gambia, Grenada, Guyana, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Korea (Rep), Philippines, Singapore, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago for a maximum stay of 90 days;
  • Holders of British passports endorsed "British Overseas Territories Citizen", provided issued in Montserrat;
  • Holders of Hong Kong (SAR China) passports;
  • Holders of Diplomatic or Service passports
  • Holders of a Residence Permit
  • Nationals of Malaysia for a stay of 30 days
  • Holders of an Organization of American States official travel document

Transit Visa:

Those having a third country as their final destination must apply for a transit visa prior to embarkation. The visa and airline ticket for the final destination must be presented.
A transit visa has a validity of 3 days.
Transit without visa is not applicable

Tourist Card:

As of 1st March 2016, Tourist Cards has been introduced for India among other countries. These are solely intended for tourism purpose. A tourist card could be purchased via: https://suriname.vfsevisa.com

Visa Issuance:

Visa or a Tourist Card can be obtained at the Embassy of the Republic of Suriname in New Delhi: A4/4, 2nd Floor, Vasant Vihar or could be purchased online via https://suriname.vfsevisa.com

Warning:

Non-compliance with the visa regulations will result in deportation of the passenger at carriers' expense.

Health:

  • Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory for all passengers arriving from or transiting through countries with infected or endemic areas.
  • Malaria risk is high throughout the year in the three southern districts of the country.

Additional information:

  • Import license is required for firearms, ammunition and other weapons
  • Pets (incl. wildlife) must be accompanied by a health certificate from the veterinary authority issued at point of origin and must be within 2 weeks of departure.
  • Dogs and cat-like animals may be imported from any country provided they are in good health and have been vaccinated against rabies not less than 30 days before arrival.
  • The veterinary authority in Paramaribo must be notified for examination. If accompanying documents do not meet the requirements, the animals will be quarantined or admittance will be refused.
  • Local currency is the Surinamese Dollars (SRD).
  • Foreign currency amounts exceeding USD 10.000 must be declared on arrival and departure.

General Points of Entry

There are four general points of entry to Suriname.

  • The J.A. Pengel International Airport, about 40 kilometers south of Paramaribo;
  • The International harbor of Paramaribo;
  • The border town of Albina, on the left bank of the Marowijne river, opposite St. Laurent du Maroni in French Guyana (in the East);
  • Nieuw Nickerie, in the North-western section of the country, near the border with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (in the West).