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SURINAME IS OPEN: Suriname re-opened for tourism in July 2021 to fully vaccinated travelers.
The Suriname Tourist e-Visa is an official travel document allowing entry into Suriname for tourist purposes only. It authorizes visitors to stay in Suriname for up to 30 days Per Entry.
WHO CAN ENTER SURINAME WITH THIS DOCUMENT
Over 100 nationalities are eligible for the Tourist e-Visa.
OBTAIN THE SURINAME E-VISA
To get the Suriname eVisa you’ll have to provide information about yourself and your flight. Be advised that if you don’t have an air ticket, you will not be able to fill in the form. To enter the country, all eligible travelers must display a negative COVID-19 test result and a travel insurance certificate with coverage for all medical costs related to COVID-19. Suriname is only open for tourism for vaccinated travelers.
DISPLAY THE DOCUMENT
Once the application is submitted and accepted, we’ll send the document to your email inbox. This document must be shown to the immigration officers upon arrival.
See FAQs below for full details on quarantine requirements.
Required Documents to Apply
Passport Personal Details Scan
Birth Certificate of Minor (if applicable)
Minor Consent Letter (if applicable)
All non-residents must submit evidence of travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
Travelers must have a passport with at least 6-months validity from the date of arrival and at least 1 page available for stamping.
Unvaccinated passengers with eligibility to travel must email their negative PCR test result, travel insurance certificate, pre-booked SHATA hotel reservation/home quarantine statement to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 72 hours before arrival.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which countries are classed as high and medium/low risk?
Last updated: 01/04/2022
High risk countries: Aruba, Curaçao, France, UK, Sint Maarten, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, USA, Canada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Martin, Netherlands, French Guiana, Belgium, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Panama, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Colombia, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic
Medium/low risk countries: Brazil, Cuba, India, Venezuela, Japan, Haiti and China
Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter Suriname?
Yes, Suriname has been taking steps to restore travel within its borders. In order to enter Suriname for tourism reasons, you must be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before arrival in Suriname. The good news is that you won't need to follow a quarantine if you're fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated travelers can only enter Suriname for essential reasons.
Accepted vaccines are Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
Do I need to be tested for COVID-19 before traveling to Suriname?
- COVID test prior to arrival- fully vaccinated travelers arriving from high risk countries: PCR within 48 hours and an antigen test on day 3 in Suriname.
- COVID test prior to arrival- fully vaccinated travelers arriving from medium/low risk countries: PCR within 72 hours or antigen within 24 hours.
- COVID test exemptions: Children under 2.
Do I have to go into quarantine once I get to Suriname?
- Quarantine requirements: 7 days in pre-booked SHATA hotel for unvaccinated travelers and proof of travel insurance.
- Quarantine exemptions: Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine.
What is the Suriname e-Visa?
What do I need to apply for a Suriname e-Visa?
We require the following to submit your application:
Applicant Photo Passport Personal Details Scan Airline Confirmation Birth Certificate of Minor (if applicable) Minor Consent Letter (if applicable)
Passport Personal Details Scan
Birth Certificate of Minor (if applicable)
Minor Consent Letter (if applicable)
What is the cost to obtain a Suriname e-Visa?
The Suriname e-Visa has a cost of USD 74.00.
Additionally, iVisa charges a service fee with costs that vary according to the processing time selected:
Standard Processing: USD 25.00
Rush Processing: USD 40.00
Super Rush Processing: USD 60.00
How long does it take to process a Suriname e-Visa?
It depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options:
Standard Processing: 7 Business Days
Rush Processing: 5 Business Days
Super Rush Processing: 3 Business Days
How long is the Suriname e-Visa valid for?
What conditions must the applicant’s passport meet for the Suriname e-Visa?
Which nationalities are eligible to apply for the Suriname eVisa?
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Cabo Verde
- Central African Republic
- Cote d'Ivoire
- East Timor
- Equatorial Guinea
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- North Korea
- North Macedonia
- Palestinian Territories
- Papua New Guinea
- San Marino
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Korea
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Vatican City
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Learn more about Suriname Tourism
Here are two fun fact about Suriname: it’s the only Dutch speaking and the least visited country on the continent of South America. In fact, if you asked 10 people where Suriname is, most of them wouldn’t be able to place it on a map. All of this is to say that if you visit Suriname, you won’t have to share its beauty, delicious food or wonderful hospitality with too many other tourists. Suriname is located on the Northern Coast of South America, wedged in between Guyana, which speaks English and is independent, and French Guiana, which is an overseas territory of France. The border between Suriname and its neighbor to the South, Brazil, is dense Amazon rainforest. With this location, sitting just north of the Equator, Suriname does not enjoy the typical four seasons of summer, autumn, spring and winter. Instead, it is hot and humid all year long, with a distinct wet and dry season which are distinguished by the amount of rainfall. While Paramaribo, the country’s capital, is nice, the main attraction this country has to offer is its unspoiled nature. There are tours that will take travelers to all corners of Suriname, as well as luxurious lodges hidden in lush, virgin rainforest. Over 90% of the country is covered in primeval rainforest. A larger percentage than anywhere else on Earth! The fauna of Suriname really is something to behold. With ferocious hunters, such as caimans and jaguars, living alongside dozens of beautiful species of birds and primates, as well as many creatures most visitor didn’t even know existed. Paramaribo is where most of the hotels and restaurants can ben found, and it is a walkable city full of friendly faces. There is a wealth of Dutch architecture from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to explore, some in better condition than other. After all, the jungle tends to reclaim what was theirs. The Paramaribo Waterfront is officially a UNESCO Word Heritage Site. Suriname is also special because of its people. There’s barely anywhere else in the world that mixes such diverse cultures so seamlessly. Originally there were many tribes of natives, then the Dutch arrived and brought with them slaves from Africa. Then, as the Dutch had colonies in other parts of the world, especially in Asia, migrants from Indonesia and the Indian subcontinent started to arrive. All of this has turned modern Suriname into a melting pot of cultures, religions and cuisines. The result is delicious food with Hindi, Creole and Indonesian elements. A typical roadside dish in Paramaribo consists of a large piece of roti, which is a type of Indian flatbread, and a variety of side dishes. This is typically served with either lamb or chicken, and accompanied by sides of vegetables, such as pumpkin, potatoes or long beans. This is meant to be eaten with your hands, and it is possible to add some kick by adding the infamously hot local pepper sauce made from scotch bonnet chilis.
This mix of cultures can be observed in situ in Paramaribo where there is actually a synagogue next door to a mosque. This would be unheard of almost anywhere else in the world. Transportation across Suriname can get complicated quickly. While Paramaribo is walkable, getting to other settlements in the interior that aren’t on the country’s network of roads can only be achieved by boat or plane. And don’t expect commercial jetliners. Here they fly in small bush planes.
Learn more about Suriname Tourism
The Republic of Suriname is located on the northern coast of South America, sandwiched between Guyana and French Guiana and bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It is the smallest country in South America, with a population of just over half a million people. As a former colony of the Netherlands, Dutch is still the official language of Suriname. However, most people speak Sranang Tongo, an English creole dialect. As an ethnically diverse country, there are several other languages widely spoken in Suriname. People living in the capital city of Paramaribo often speak English, but anyone living outside of the city likely does not. Suriname is part of the Caribbean community.
Depending on where you are from, you may need to obtain a visa before entering Suriname. There are 28 countries whose citizens can visit Suriname without a visa for a short term vacation. Citizens of an additional 53 countries are eligible for an e-tourist card, which is available online and valid for a single entry vacation of maximum 90 days. Citizens of all other countries will need to obtain an e-visa before entering the country, which is also available online.
Lying very close to the equator, Suriname has a tropical climate, meaning it is hot and humid there all year round. Average temperatures sit between 29 and 34 degrees Celsius, but may feel warmer because of the high humidity. The wet seasons range from April to August and November to February; the dry seasons range from February to April and August to November, which are more favorable times to visit as a traveler to avoid being rained out.
Suriname’s largest city is the capital of Paramaribo, which is home to nearly half of the country’s population. The city is located along the Suriname River and is chock full of beautiful Dutch colonial architecture. The Historic Inner City of Paramaribo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its preservation of the blending between historic European influence and the local culture and environment. Suriname houses several stunning religious buildings, including the Roman Catholic St Peter and St Paul Cathedral, Suriname Mosque, Neveh Shalom Synagogue, and the Arya Dewaker Hindu Temple. The Presidential Palace is a grand and stately building, where visitors can also tour the Garden of Palms to see towering palm trees, tropical birds, and capuchin monkeys roaming around. Fort Zeelandia is a peaceful and historic fort located in the city, built in 1640 by the French.
Suriname is home to incredible biodiversity in both plants and animals, and tourists are often drawn to the country’s many national reserves. If you’re in search of sunny beaches, you may be able to catch the Leatherback sea turtles during mating, a truly original experience. Or you can take a boat tour down the Suriname River to witness river dolphins swimming alongside you. The country is covered with Amazon rainforests, teeming with tropical insects, a huge variety of different birds, monkeys, lizards, snakes, and even some jaguars, although it’s rare to catch a glimpse of one in the wild. If you are interested in seeing some of the local villages, you can take a boat along the Marowijne River and stop at some of the villages along the riverbank. There are some excellent guided tours and jungle resorts available to show you the best of the natural beauty that Suriname has to offer.
The Central Suriname Nature Reserve is an exciting stop for tourists, boasting wonderfully diverse tropical forests. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area protects important rivers, ancient trees, thousands of different plant species, and an incredible array of animals. There are no people living within the reserve and most of the area is inaccessible to humans. However, visitors can see some of what the reserve has to offer by taking a guided tour that includes hiking to the rushing Raleigh waterfalls and mount Voltzberg. Birdwatchers will delight in viewing some of the 400 bird species housed in the area. This is one of the best preserved stretches of rainforest in the world, being thus far untouched by human activity, unlike much of the Amazon rainforest, which continues to be extensively logged for industry purposes.
The wide range of cultures found in Suriname means there is also great diversity in cuisine. Dishes take influence from Dutch, Indian, African, Indonesian, Chinese, Portuguese, creole, and Jewish cuisines. Staple foods include rice, roti, and cassava, often eaten with chicken, dried fish, or salted meat. Hearty vegetables like okra, beans, and eggplant are often cooked into a variety of dishes. If you have a sweet tooth, you should try boyo, a tasty dessert made from coconut and cassava. The bounty of different religions means there are many various religious and cultural holidays observed in Suriname, often involving music, dancing, and special foods.
As tourism is still on the rise in Suriname, getting around can be more difficult than in more highly developed countries. Boat travel is common along the rivers, and travelers can hire a local boat for the right price. Hiring a car is the easiest way to travel throughout the country, and it is recommended to travel with a guide who can show you the ropes, translate for you when necessary, and advise about your personal safety and security. Suriname is considered a relatively safe country to visit, with regular precautions recommended. As in many poor countries, petty crime is common; visitors are advised to keep valuables hidden and to avoid wearing flashy clothing or accessories. Travelling by car with a guide can help you avoid areas and situations that could be potentially dangerous.
Suriname is a small yet incredibly diverse country, in culture, religion, cuisine, flora, and fauna. It’s a fantastic destination if you want to get off the beaten path. The people are warm and friendly, and you will have no shortage of interesting activities at your disposal.
Where can I read more?
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