Suriname (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 23 February, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Health screening is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Mandatory quarantine for 14 days required

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.02.2020
1. Flights to Suriname are suspended until 23 February 2021.
This does not apply to medical and repatriation flights.
2. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Suriname;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Suriname.
3. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. They must send an email at most 5 days before departure to [email protected] with the medical certificate.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
4. Passengers must have:
– a confirmed accommodation booking for at least 7 days at a registered SHATA accommodation; and
– a health insurance covering any Coronavirus (COVID-19) expenses.
They must send an email at most 5 days before departure to [email protected] with the confirmed booking and the health insurance.
5. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 7 days.


Detailed Tourist Information

Suriname’s borders are closed to commercial passenger traffic. Only passengers authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation will be admitted on flights to Suriname. People who meet one of the following categories may send a request for permission to travel to Suriname at least five business days prior to the intended departure date to [email protected]

*Holders of a Surinamese passport and foreign nationals with a valid Surinamese residence permit, work permit, or foreign nationals with a valid PSA card who reside in Suriname.

*Persons of Surinamese origin who wish to travel due to the death of a first- or second-degree family member. It is necessary to submit a death certificate and evidence documenting the family relationship.

*Persons of Surinamese origin who wish to travel due to serious and/or terminal illness of a first- or second-degree family member. It is necessary to submit a statement from a medical specialist and evidence documenting the family relationship.

*Essential travelers to Suriname serving the public interest, namely professional groups, diplomats, and government officials.

Approved travelers to Suriname should note the following requirements:

*The traveler must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate issued within 72 hours of departure time (this doesn’t apply to passengers younger than 12).

*The traveler must present a health insurance certificate for coverage of all medical costs related to COVID-19, including monitoring by the doctor during the quarantine period

*In case medical insurance doesn’t cover COVID-19 related expenses, all costs associated with any treatment caused by COVID-19 will be borne by the passenger.

*Upon arrival in Suriname a 7-day mandatory quarantine is required for all passengers at their own expense in a hotel recommended by the Health Authorities. A paid hotel reservation must be evidenced upon check in for the flight. For a list of registered hotels, please see

Travelers must show a negative RT PRC test not older than 72 hours. Quick test results or antibody test results are not accepted.

Lockdown Details

On 16 December 2020 the government of Suriname announced the following measures in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus:

-all granted permissions for public events will be cancelled with immediate effect. This also applies to events under the auspices of the government
-restaurants are only open for take-away
-funerals are allowed under the condition of 10 persons being present in rotation
-at religious gatherings a maximum of 10 persons is allowed
-the government will disclose identified risk areas
-gatherings are allowed to groups of maximum 10 people
-during Saturday and Sunday the lockdown is from 7pm to 5am
-from Monday to Friday the lockdown is from 9pm to 5am
-the number of flights to the Netherlands will be reduced to 2 per week

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