Suriname

Caricom nationals don’t need a Tourist card or Visa and can enter the country with a valid passport.

Tourist card  

Nationals of the following countries are allowed to purchase a Tourist card. 

The Netherlands / Belgium / France / Germany / United Kingdom / United States of America/ Canada / Bolivia / Chili /Paraguay / Peru / Uruguay / Venezuela.

NB. all other nationalities need to apply for a Visa before entering the country.

To purchase the Tourist card, you need to submit:

  • a valid passport (at least 6 months validity upon arrival in Suriname)
  • a return flight ticket (or tickets(s) of the final destination)
  • Additional documents for example in case of: Travelling with a minor; required documents confirming parenthood/legal guardianship.

Where can you purchase the Tourist card.

  • The Tourist card can be obtained at 3 (three) locations, namely:
  • 1.    At the Visa department of the Consulate General of the Republic of Suriname in Amsterdam, Monday through Friday from 09.00 – 15.00 hours (and all other Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Republic of Suriname abroad)
  • 2.    At the “Tourist card counters” at Schiphol International Airport, Netherlands.
  • Opening hours: The Tourist card counters will be open for every SLM and KLM flight to Suriname to provide services during at least 2 (two) hours of the respective check-in times.
    Directions: the Tourist card counters are easy to reach through Departure hall 3, Entrance A (in front of check-in point 30)
  • 3.    Upon arrival at the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Suriname (all incoming flights).

How much does the Tourist card cost?

  • The costs for the Tourist card are 20 euro in Europe (elsewhere also 25 US$)

Nationals of the Caricom countries are expelled from visa or tourist card.

Other Nationals besides mentioned above can get more information on http://www.consulaatsuriname.nl/

Or apply for a Visa on-line at: http://www.visa.consulaatsuriname.nl/Visum.aspx

 

2013 National holidays & Events

Month Date Event Comment
January 1st  23 New Year.Chinese New Year. National Holiday, shops closed.Chinese cultural celebration.
February 17-2225th Carnival celebration.Miss India world wide pageant. Celebrated on small scale.Event with entertainment.
March 3-4th8th Suriname Heritage festival.Phagwa Holi. Outdoor Festival in the Districts.Hindu New Year Celebration.
April 6th8-9th11-14th Good Friday.Easter.Avond vierdaagse. National Holiday, shops closed.Easter Holiday.A Carnival like walking parade for 4 evenings.
May 1st Labor Day. Various festival activities
June 21st Fète de la Musique. Music festival, French character.
July 1st1st Keti Koti.International Swimming Marathon. Festival for abolition of slavery.Swimming from Domburg to Paramaribo
August 9th 9th19th

 

16-25

Indigenous Day.Javanese Immigration Day.                   Eidulfitr.

 

Carifesta

Festival of International day of Indigenous people.Immigration Day of the Javanese.Muslim celebration, end of the fast.Caribbean festival, 25 countries participate in Music, dance, theater,crafts markets, movies, and wide caribbean cullinairy experiance.
September
October 10th20th

25th- End

Maroon Day.Chinese Immigration.Id-Ul-Adha.

Suriname jazz festival.

 

 

Salsuri Festival.

Day of the African heritage.Immigration day of the ChineseMuslim offer fest.

Jazz music by international and Suriname artists.

Salsa dance and music festival.

November Early13th17th25th End Savanna rally.Divali.International running marathonIndependent Day.Annual Trade Fare. International equips rally.International Hindu Festival of lights.Marathon with international athletes.Festival concentrated on Independent square.In and outdoor event, expo and stands.
December 25-26th

31th

Christmas.

Suri festaPagara relay

Christmas Holidays.End of the Year festival, several music locations.Year closing event in town with lots of Fireworks.

 

 

Important phone numbers

Police 115, Fire Brigade 110, First Aid 113, Immigration (++597)532109 or 532123, Chamber of Commerce and Industry (++597) 530311, Telephone directory service 108,

Credit Cards

The major credit cards such as MasterCard and Visa are accepted at the major hotels, some commercial banks and view larger shops. However, cash is widely accepted.

.  In and around Paramaribo and Nickerie are plenty of ATM’s where you can use your banking pass to withdraw cash.

Water

Tap water comes from (SWM, Suriname Water Company) and is spring water. It is clean and completely safe to drink. However some people prefer bottled water. Bottled water can be purchased, with a choice of several brands throughout almost all the stores in the country.

News papers

Three daily newspapers and one evening paper are available. The Times of Suriname has a special English section.

Internet

WiFi is widely available in hotels, restaurants and bars in tourist area’s.

Taxis

Taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap. They do not have meters, so it is wise to agree on the price before setting off.

Time

The time in Suriname is three hours behind of GMT and two hours ahead of EST.

Banking hours

Most commercial banks are open from Monday-Friday from 07:30 – 14:00 and some banks are open on Saturday as well.

Shopping Hours

Monday – Friday 08:00 – 16:30, Saturday 08:00 – 13:00. On Sundays most supermarkets and malls are open and in general also in the evenings.

Medical care

There are several well equipped modern hospitals with well trained and skillful doctors and health care workers. Several pharmacies in and around the cities ensure a regular and adequate supply of medicines and health products. The location of rostered 24-hour pharmacies is announced in the newspapers each Friday. If you are planning to go deep into the interior, seek advice in advance about whether you should use malaria profylaxis.

Necessary vaccinations

Hepatitis A, DTP, typhus and possibly yellow fever. Malaria profylaxis are not necessary for the coastal area and the same applies for some jungle trips. You can ask your GRP at home for a prescription (for example Malarone for 14 days), so you can buy the pills locally if necessary.

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