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Suriname travel informationThere is no Norwegian foreign service station in Suriname. As the Norwegian Foreign Service has no posted official on site, it is difficult to obtain supplementary travel information from here. We recommend that you read our general advice and obtain information about the destination before traveling. For more information about coronavirus, see health.

Safety

Norway does not have an embassy in Suriname, but is represented by an honorary consul in Paramaribo.

The risk of terrorist incidents in Suriname is considered low. The level of crime in Suriname is low compared to other Caribbean and South American countries, but an increase in illicit drug trafficking has increased the scale of violent crime. However, such violence is targeted and usually occurs in low-income areas. Therefore, this type of crime poses a limited risk to tourists.

Small-scale crime is prevalent in Paramaribo, Albina, Moengo and in the countryside. Banditry and carjacking are a concern in the cities of Albina and Moengo, and along the highway between Paramaribo and Albina.

Pickpockets, burglaries and armed robberies are the most widespread crimes against foreigners in the big cities. Visitors are advised to avoid carrying large amounts of cash as well as hiding jewelry and other valuables. Criminal incidents near the major tourist hotels have been reported. Travelers should therefore avoid staying in the immediate vicinity of the hotel after dark.

Norwegian citizens residing in Suriname are encouraged to register on reiseregistrering.no

Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid travel insurance.

Emergency: Police 115, fire truck 110, ambulance 113.

Outside the working hours of the consulate and embassy, ​​travelers can contact - UD's 24-hour operating center on Tel: +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no

Entry

Please note that entry regulations may change. The Foreign Service is not responsible if the following information on entry regulations or visa requirements is changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for entry and to familiarize themselves with the current entry rules for each country.

  • Countryaah: Paramaribo is the capital of Suriname. Check to find information of population, geography, history, and economy about the capital city.

Norwegians need a visa for entry into Suriname. For more information contact the Consulate General in the Netherlands

Health

Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of the development of the coronavirus. Feel free to follow local authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on how to deal with the situation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not create travel advice because of the risk of infection. It is the Public Health Institute that provides infection protection advice when traveling. You can find more information and guidance from Norwegian health authorities on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

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Risk of dengue fever and malaria, due to mosquito-borne viruses, occurs throughout the year. It is therefore recommended to use preventive measures against mosquito bites during the journey. Cases of the Chikungunya virus have also been confirmed in Suriname. It is always recommended that you check the website of the Institute of Public Health for their recommendations well in advance of the trip.
Approximately 1.1 per cent of the population lives with HIV according to UNaids/WHO (2012). Therefore, it is recommended to take common precautions to avoid exposure.

The medical supply in Suriname is very limited. It is important to have good health insurance and sufficient financial resources for any emergency situation.

Practical information

Time difference to Norway is UTC-3; three, four and five hours time difference, depending on the season. The mains is 127 volts and the national telephone code is +597.

The Internet domain is.sr. Currency unit is Surinamese Dollar (SRD).

Normal opening hours are - shop: 08.00-16.30 (Monday-Thursday), 08.00-19.00 (Friday) and -14.00 (Saturday), bank: 07.30-14.00 (Monday-Friday).

National Holidays: January 1 - New Year, March/April - Good Friday, March/ April - Easter, May 1 - Labor Day, July 1 - Liberation Day, August 9 - Indigenous People, November 25 - Republic Day, December 25 - First Christmas Day, December 26 - Boxing Day

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