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Risk Ratings  

    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Suriname
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Suriname

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): High -

Essential businesses operational but with significant disruption.

Healthcare systems under pressure, even in LOW and MEDIUM Medical risk-rated countries, likely delaying access to non-life threatening but urgent care. Existing security concerns may be increasingly exacerbated by the socio-economic pressures of COVID-19 on the systems and/or diversion of resources. Further reduced avenues of recourse for in-country medical/security issues especially in HIGH/EXTREME rated security environments, with knock-on impacts on operational sustainability.  Highly disruptive BCP mitigation actions in effect, such as temporary suspension of all but essential activities. 

RestrictionsInboundEntry rules:

A) Inbound travel for foreign nationals (including Canada, Mexico, and EU/EEA/Schengen nationals) and for for COVID-19 variant area: Borders are closed to commercial passenger travel. Medical and cargo flights are not affected by restrictions.

Only those authorised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation will be admitted on flights to the country. People who meet one of the following categories 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:

1. Holders of a Surinamese passport and foreign nationals with a valid Surinamese residence permit, work permit, or foreign nationals with a valid PSA card who reside in Suriname.
2. Persons of Surinamese origin who wish to travel due to the death of a first- or second-degree family member. It is necessary to submit a death certificate and evidence documenting the family relationship.
3. Persons of Surinamese origin who wish to travel due to serious and/or terminal illness of a first- or second-degree family member. It is necessary to submit a statement from a medical specialist and evidence documenting the family relationship.
4. Essential travellers to Suriname serving the public interest, namely professional groups, diplomats, and government officials.

B) Border closures
Suriname's air, land, and sea borders are closed to commercial passenger travel. Health screening procedures are currently in place at all ports of entry.

Airlines will not allow passengers to board a flight to Suriname without these three listed requirements being met.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements:

A) Who must quarantine and for how long?
A seven-day self-quarantine period is required for all arrivals.

B) Where must travellers quarantine?
All arriving passengers must present a confirmed accommodation booking of at least seven days at a registered SHATA hotel. For a list of registered SHATA hotels, please see http://www.bogsuriname.com/quarantine/

C) Are additional tests required during quarantine?
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements:

A) Who needs to test?
Travellers over the age of 12 must submit a negative COVID-19 test.

B) Type of test and number of hours.
The test must be taken within 72 hours of their arrival and a health insurance certificate covering COVID-19-related expenses upon arrival. Quick results or antibody results are not accepted. The COVID test must be PCR and or/serology.

Anyone who tests positive 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 health officials. Isolation facilities may include outdoor tents.
(Until further notice)
OutboundThere are no restrictions to exit the country, however, there are limited options.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticThe nationwide lockdown has been eased. People are able to circulate everyday, except on Sunday. There is a curfew between 18.00- 06.00.

Those 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 curfew or lockdown regulations.
(Until further notice)
The wearing of face masks is mandatory and social distancing of two metres must be practiced. The regulations are being strictly enforced and violators will be fined.
(Until further notice)

22 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Suriname

COVID-19 information for Suriname

Dedicated COVID-19 website


The country is relatively safe; crime levels are low in comparison with other Caribbean and South American countries. However, there is a risk of petty crime in the capital Paramaribo, Albina, Moengo and in the interior. Foreigners are unlikely to be singled out because of their nationality or race, but an appearance of wealth may attract opportunistic petty crime.

Furthermore, there is evidence that drug-traffickers use Suriname to transport narcotics to North America and Europe; though this does not present a direct threat to visitors, drug-related violence could pose incidental risks. The border area with Guyana presents slightly higher risks; criminal gangs are known to operate there, fuelled by the lack of a significant state presence.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Suriname
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverSuriname is a country with a risk of yellow fever
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Routine Vaccinations

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