Learn More: E-Tourist Card
SURINAME IS OPEN: Suriname re-opened for tourism in July 2021 to travelers.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Suriname has recently introduced the Suriname E-Tourist Card for citizens of over 53 countries. This E-Tourist Card allows travelers to enter the country for tourist purposes only and it enables them to stay in Suriname for up to 90 days Per Entry.
WHO CAN ENTER SURINAME WITH THIS DOCUMENT
No matter their nationality, age, or any other considerations, all tourists traveling to Suriname will need a Suriname E-Tourist Card to be allowed to enter the country.
OBTAIN THE SURINAME E-TOURIST CARD
To get the Suriname E-Tourist Card 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, only unvaccinated travelers must display a negative COVID-19 test result. A travel insurance certificate with coverage for all medical costs related to COVID-19 is also required.
DISPLAY THE DOCUMENT
Once the application is submitted and accepted, we’ll send a landing authorization to your email inbox. This document must be shown to the immigration officers upon arrival. See FAQs for full details on quarantine requirements.
ABOUT COVID-19 SELF-TESTING
Don't waste vacation time searching for a COVID-19 test center. Even if you don't need to take a test to enter Suriname, you will need a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the US. Simplify testing by ordering the eMed self-testing COVID-19 kit online. Pack the test in your suitcase and self-test no more than 3 days prior to your flight back to the US. Check the FAQs to learn more about our trusted testing partner.
Required Documents to Apply
Passport Personal Details Scan
Medical Insurance (if applicable)
Birth Certificate of Minor (if applicable)
Parental Authorization (if applicable)
US RESIDENTS ONLY: To return to the US you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test the day before your entry date. Don’t waste time looking for a test lab in Suriname. Simplify travel with the purchase of an eMed test kit. Order yours now and pack it in your luggage. Then follow the Certified Guide’s online instructions to take the mandatory test 24 hours before your journey back to the US.
All non-residents must submit evidence of travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage.
Travelers must have a passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date of arrival, and have at least 1 page available for stamping.
The Suriname E-Tourist Card allows applicants a Single Entry in Suriname and they can remain in the country for up to 90 days Per Entry.
You can only apply for a Suriname E-Tourist Card if the purpose of your visit is tourism.
You should be able to prove at the border that you hold a return ticket and a hotel reservation.
You should also be able to prove at the border that you have sufficient funds to cover all the costs associated with your travel to Suriname including funds for financing minors accompanying you.
Possession of an E-Tourist Card for Suriname does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the country. An immigration officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if they think that such a person is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in Suriname would be contrary to national interests or security.
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Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter Suriname?
No, you don't. As of today, COVID vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Suriname. Now if you are a Covid vaccine certificate holder, you won't need to present a negative PCR test nor follow a quarantine.
Accepted vaccines are:
- Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
- Soberana, Abdala, or Sputnik V are also accepted under the condition that travelers present a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours and take an antigen test 3 days after arrival in Suriname.
Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Suriname travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to Suriname?
- COVID test prior to arrival: PCR within 48 hours or antigen within 24 hours
- COVID test exemptions: Children under 12 and fully vaccinated travelers.
Why buy a COVID-19 self-testing kit? (US residents only)
The eMed self-test COVID-19 kit includes 6 rapid antigen tests that meet major US airline's entry requirements- perfect for travelers on round-trip journeys from the United States!
Order your test kit before your trip and it will be delivered to your home address for easy testing, anywhere, anytime. The Certified Guide will help you get results in 15 minutes on the NAVICA app. Get the eMed self-test COVID-19 kit for $150- that’s only $25 per test.
Do I need to quarantine once I get to Suriname?
- Quarantine requirements: There are no quarantine requirements.
What is the Suriname E-Tourist Card?
What do I need to apply for the Suriname E-Tourist Card?
We require the following to submit your application:
Passport Personal Details Scan
Birth Certificate of Minor (if applicable)
Minor Consent Letter (if applicable)
Copy of the Judicial Decision In Case of Adoption/Legal Guardianship of a Minor (If applicable)
Valid Travel/Health Insurance
What is the cost to obtain the Suriname E-Tourist Card?
How long does it take to process my Suriname E-Tourist Card?
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 a Suriname E-Tourist Card valid for?
What conditions must the applicant’s passport meet for the Suriname E-Tourist Card?
How many entries does the Suriname E-Tourist Card allow?
When should I apply for the Suriname E-Tourist Card ?
What are the yellow fever vaccination requirements in Suriname?
Does obtaining an E-Tourist Card guarantee me entry into Suriname?
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Which countries are eligible for the Suriname E-Tourist Card?
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
- United States of America
Learn more about Suriname Tourism
Traveling to a new foreign country is something that we all get excited about, which is why we plan, we plan, and then we plan some more. However, one of the most important aspects of your planning process should involve some research about the country you are about to visit. After all, you need to know what to expect. Make no mistake that Suriname is no exception. You must read a little bit about how to get around. Below, you will find some of that information.
First of all, we will talk about how to get into Suriname because that is what you need to start with. What you should know is that there are three categories of travelers when it comes to entry requirements. The first category is represented by the citizens of visa waiver countries. There are 29 of them. Basically, 29 nationalities are exempt from getting a visa and can enter Suriname holding only a passport. The duration of the stay can vary between 30 days and 6 months, depending on nationality.
The second category is formed by people who are eligible for a Tourist Card. Here, we are talking about the citizens of 53 countries. The tourist card is available online or on arrival at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, or at any other Surinamese representation abroad. As you can imagine, you have to pay a fee to obtain it.
The third and last category is represented by people who are not visa exempt, neither eligible for a Tourist card. The good news is, however, that these people can apply for a visa online. The online application process is short and straightforward, and you can apply for your travel document at least 72 hours in advance.
One thing that is worth mentioning is that you can apply for a Suriname eVisa even if you are visa exempt but plan on staying in Suriname for more than your exemption allows. For example, if you are an Argentinian citizen, Suriname’s visa policy enables you to remain for 180 days in Suriname without a visa. If you plan on staying for longer than that, you can obtain a Suriname eVisa.
The best time to visit Suriname is during its dry seasons. There are two of them. February to March, and August to November. However, keep in mind that November is Suriname’s hottest period, and things can get pretty uncomfortable. The wet season will not allow you to explore nature too much.
The official language in Suriname is Dutch. If you did not know already, Suriname gained its independence from the Netherlands in 1975, but the language remained. Sranang Tongo is yet another local dialect language, which is similar to an English Creole. If you plan on visiting the cities, you will do alright with English only. Most people talk it in different fluencies, but you should be able to get around. If you go to more rural areas, however, you will not be so lucky. Our advice is for you to learn some basic Dutch before you leave.
As far as attractions go, most people travel to Suriname for its natural beauty. Most of the country is a nature reserve, so you will be able to admire flora and fauna wherever you go. We recommend the beaches Galibi and Albina. Not only that they are gorgeous to look at, but if you go in the right moment, you can experience the rituals of the mating season of the Leatherback sea turtle. If you want a closer look, with fewer people around, you can book a helicopter ride to a more remote island. On the way, you can spot river dolphins, as well as the mangrove forests between the ocean and the rainforest. The sights are spectacular.
Since Suriname is mostly covered by the Amazon rain forests, you are in for a treat. You must understand that Suriname’s tourism is yet developing, but you will find some gorgeous resorts in the heart of the jungle. The wildlife is worth a trip through the forest, and the plants are too. You can see rubber trees, cactuses, and a wide variety of orchids.
If you feel adventurous, you can Maroon and Amerindian villages. You have to take a trip into the deep jungle, but some of them are located along the river banks. It is lovely to meet people and learn a thing or two about their culture. What you have to understand is that Suriname is the home for many cultures, but the diversity will keep you on your toes.
As to what to do in Suriname, you certainly won't end up feeling bored. Nature’s beauty will keep you occupied, but you can also find other means of entertainment. In Suriname, the songs are called ‘pokoes’ in Sranang Tongo, and they are really fun. You can also watch a football match as it's a popular sport.
The food in Suriname, thanks to the mix of cultures, is absolutely delicious. Surinamese food is similar to Indian and Pakistani cuisine, but the difference is that it is less spicy, which may actually make it more to your taste. You can also find Chinese food, Javanese, Creole, and so on. You should try as many restaurants as you can while there. Your taste buds will be grateful.
As far as safety is concerned, the standard rule of travel remains and you should rely mostly on common sense. Do not venture out alone in the dark when you don't know your surroundings. If you're in a remote location, you should never go alone to the bush (binnenland) as its easy to lose your way.
Healthwise, there are a few mandatory vaccinations you must have before going to Suriname. You should have completed a COVID-19 vaccination dose at least two weeks before you arrive in the country. In addition, if you're arriving from a country with a high risk of yellow fever transmission, you must be vaccinated against yellow fever too. Other medication is recommended by healthcare professionals, for example, you should have the malaria vaccine and tablets if you plan on exploring one of the rainforests.
Last but not least, do not forget to respect the culture and traditions in Suriname. You must be respectful when you take photos, for example. Some inland locals have beliefs and traditions about particular trees, and you should ask for permission before taking a picture of them. If you travel with a guide, they will let you know about the rules. If not, just ask for permission every time common sense dictates it.
The bottom line is that Suriname may be a very small country in northern South America, but it has more to offer than it looks. Nature is gorgeous, with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and you should have a wonderful time there.
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