Living in Suriname

Living in Suriname

Suriname – money

Local currency: 1 Suriname dollar equals 100 cents

Currency abbreviation: S $, SRD

Banknotes are issued to the value of 1, 2.5, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Sf, coins to the value of 1, 5, 10, 25, 100 and 250 cents.

Currency Exchange: international currencies can be used in banks, exchange offices,Hotelsit will be exchanged. US dollars and euros are the easiest to exchange, but other major currencies can also be exchanged. However, some banks only accept US dollars. There is a risk of fraud when exchanging on the black market. Many stores also quote their prices in US dollars.

Credit Cards: in the capital Paramaribo, you can pay with credit cards in upscale hotels, restaurants and some shops (mostly American Express, but also Visa and Mastercard).

ATMs of the Royal Bank of Trinidad & Tobago (RBTT) accept international credit cards.

Travelers checks should be made out in US dollars and are cashed by banks.

Foreign exchange regulations: National currency may only be imported and exported up to 100 SRD. The import and export of foreign currencies is not restricted, but the amount must be declared from US $ 10,000.

Bank opening times: Mon – Fri 7.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.

Health and Diseases in Suriname

Vaccination protection

For travel, no compulsory vaccinations are required in Suriname, there is an exception when entering from yellow fever areas, where proof of a valid yellow fever vaccination (at least 10 days and no more than 10 years old) must be available.

However, vaccinations against hepatitis A, diphtheria and tetanus, additional vaccinations against typhoid and hepatitis B for longer stays.


According to thereligionfaqs, there is a risk of malaria in the interior of Suriname. Different prescription drugs are available for malaria prophylaxis market(for example Doxycycline, Malarone or Lariam). An experienced tropical or travel doctor can advise you on the choice of medication, their intolerance and side effects and personal adjustment. The best protection against malaria (and also against dengue) is to prevent mosquitoes from biting you.

Dengue fever

Dengue fever, mainly transmitted by diurnal mosquitoes, also occurs in Suriname.


HIV / AIDS is widespread in Suriname, so be careful when you meet people on holiday.


When traveling in Suriname, you should pay particular attention to hygiene when consuming fruit, vegetables, fish, seafood and meat. Tap water should not be used as drinking water in Suriname, it can be bought in bottles in grocery stores.

Medical supplies

Medical care in Suriname is poor, before traveling to Suriname you should definitely take out health insurance abroad with emergency repatriation transport.

In addition to my general disclaimer, please note the following important note:

A guarantee for the correctness and completeness of the medical information and liability for any damage that may occur cannot be assumed. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Suriname – important addresses

Surinam Tourism Foundation : Waterkant 1,

Fort Zeelandia Complex, SR-Paramaribo
Postal address: PO Box 656, Paramaribo, Suriname
Phone: (597) 47 9200, Fax: (5) 47 7786

Ministry of Transport, Communication and Tourism : Prins Hendrikstraat 26 – 28,

Paramaribo, Suriname
Phone: 42 0422/23/24. Fax: 42 0425

Honorary Consulate General of Suriname in Germany (without issuing a visa): Mr. Edwin Matt, Honorary Consul General,

Adolf-Kolping-Strasse 16, 80336 Munich
Telephone: (089) 553363, Fax: (089) 597064
Opening times: Mon – Sat 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Suriname has no embassy in Germany, the responsible embassy is in The Hague, Netherlands.

Embassy of Suriname in the Netherlands : Ms. Susan Derby, ChargĂ© d’affaires aI,

Gogelweg 2, NL-2517 Den Haag
Telephone: (+31) 070 365 0844
The Embassy of Suriname in the Netherlands is also responsible for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Consulate General of Suriname in the Netherlands (with visa issuing): De Cuserstraat 11,

NL-1081 CK Amsterdam
Telephone: (020) 642 6137, Fax: (020) 646 5311

Embassy of Suriname in Belgium (with visa issuing): Avenue Louise 379,

B-1050 Brussels

Telephone: (032) 2 6401172

Honorary Consulate of Germany in Suriname : René van Essen, Honorary Consul,

Coster Straat 16, SR-Paramaribo
Telephone: (0011 597) 42 1000, 42 4280, Fax: (0011 597) 42 0771

Postal address: Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Coster Straat 16, Paramaribo / Suriname, South America

Germany has no embassy in Suriname, the responsible embassy is in Port-of-Spain (see Trinidad and Tobago – important address).

Honorary Consulate of Austria in Suriname (without passport authorization): Burenstraat 33,

Telephone: 47 6433, Fax: 42 2817
Opening times: Mon – Fri 2.30pm – 8pm

Living in Suriname