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Suriname Travel Information

According to zipcodesexplorer, Suriname is a country in South America bordering French Guiana, Guyana and Brazil. Suriname has been independent from the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 1975. The capital of Surinama is Paramaribo. A number of large cities in Suriname are: Lelydorp, Nieuw Nickerie, Moengo, Nieuw Amsterdam and Albina.

Suriname is a country that consists largely of jungle. This jungle is part of the much larger Amazon region. Many animal species can be found in these jungles, such as various monkey species, the jaguar, the sloth and the giant anteater. Suriname also has 11 protected nature reserves and several waterfalls. On the coast you will find a few impressive sandy beaches with palm trees. Throughout the country you will still encounter Dutch influences, such as: names of cities, villages and streets. In addition, Dutch is the most widely used language in the country. The Surinamese are known as very hospitable. See baglib for Suriname as a tourist country.

Where is Surinam located?

Travel information of Suriname

Official name: Republic of Suriname
Continent: South America
Area: 163,820 km²
Capital: Paramaribo
Country code: SR, SUR
Population: 609,569 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 1,230 m (Julianatop)
Distance (Amsterdam – Paramaribo): 7,497 km
Flight time: about 9 hours

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Suriname that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Suriname, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Suriname. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Suriname?

Weather and climate
Suriname has a tropical rainforest climate. Temperatures are around 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Suriname can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Suriname can be found at Climate info.

Best time to travel
February, March, September and October are the best months to travel to Suriname. This avoids the months with a lot of precipitation.

Dutch is the official language in Suriname. Surinamese, English and Javanese are also spoken.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Suriname.
A visa (tourist card) is required. You can request this online via.
The visa requirement has been abolished for Surinamese with a Surinamese passport who live in the Netherlands.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Suriname:
Surinamese Embassy in the Netherlands:
Surinamese consulates in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Suriname, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in Suriname (with the exception of Paramaribo). Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Suriname, payment is made with the Surinamese dollar (SRD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Suriname can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices in Suriname are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -35% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (70% cheaper), food (35% cheaper), imported beer in catering (79% cheaper), cigarettes (41% cheaper) and public transport (93% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Suriname it is customary to give a tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, a tip of approximately 10% is given.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 5 hours earlier in Suriname.
During our winter time it is 4 hours earlier in Suriname.
Suriname has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone of Suriname can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Suriname you must drive on the left. You must have an international driver’s license
to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Suriname. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop. Information about public transport in Suriname can be found at NVBNV Suriname. With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Suriname.

In Suriname the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands. In some cases you need an inverter.
More information about electricity in Suriname can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 115
– Fire: 110
– Ambulance: Local numbers (Paramaribo 113)

Tap water
Tap water is safe to drink.

News and newspapers
The latest news regarding Suriname can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Suriname can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Suriname end
Official websites of Suriname: and

The country code (international access number) to call someone in Suriname is 00597 or +597.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Suriname? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If you use a country code, you must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Telephone Directory of Suriname.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Suriname.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Suriname.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Suriname.

An overview of all public holidays in Suriname can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Suriname, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Travel reports
Are you looking for a travel report about Suriname?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Suriname. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Suriname can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Suriname can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Suriname? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported to Suriname.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you are planning to do business in or do business with Suriname, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information regarding Suriname, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Studying and internship
Are you considering a study, internship or gap year in Suriname? You are by no means the only one and certainly not the first. To help you on your way, Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education) has set up the website. On this website you will find all the information that can help you on your way, such as admission requirements, forms of education, housing, scholarship, internships, health insurance, study costs and of course experiences.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Suriname.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 16.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 16.
– Smoking ban: No
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Suriname was part of the Netherlands until 1975?
…the Netherlands ever received Suriname in exchange for New York?
…Many well-known Dutch people come from Suriname?
…80% of Suriname consists of tropical rainforest?
…Dutch is the official language in Suriname?

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