Suriname e-Tourist Card help & FAQ

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What is the Suriname E-Tourist Card?

The Suriname E-Tourist Card is an official document that allows visitors from 53 countries entry into and travels within Suriname for tourism purposes.

What do I need to apply for the Suriname E-Tourist Card?

We require the following to submit your application:

  • Passport Personal Details Scan
  • Applicant Photo
  • Airline Confirmation
  • 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 (if applicable)

What is the cost to obtain the Suriname E-Tourist Card?

The Suriname E-Tourist Card has a cost of USD 54.00.

Additionally, there is a service fee:

  • USD 25.00 for standard processing.
  • For rush processing and super rush processing the service fee is USD 40.00 and USD 60.00, respectively.

* The price can change, the correct fee present at applying

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

* The processing time can change, the correct time at applying

How long is a Suriname E-Tourist Card valid for?

The Suriname E-Tourist Card is a Single Entry and has a validity of 90 days after arrival

How long is a Suriname E-Tourist Card valid for?

The Suriname E-Tourist Card is a Single Entry and has a validity of 90 days after arrival

What conditions must the applicant’s passport meet for the Suriname E-Tourist Card?

Your travel document has to be valid for at least 6 months after your E-Tourist Card expires. Also, your passport should have at least one blank page for your E-Tourist Card to be placed in.

How many entries does the Suriname E-Tourist Card allow?

The Suriname E-Tourist Card allows holders just Single Entry

When should I apply for the Suriname E-Tourist Card?

The traveler must apply for this visa at least 3 Business Days before the trip to Suriname.

Does obtaining an E-Tourist Card guarantee me entry into Suriname?

NO. Possession of a Landing Authorization for Suriname does not provide an automatic right of entry for the holder into the Country. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person if he considers that such a person is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements or that such a person’s presence in Suriname would be contrary to national interests or security.

What do I need to present upon arrival in Suriname?

Upon arrival in Suriname, you need to present your passport along with your Suriname E-Tourist Card, which has to be printed.

Which countries are eligible for the Suriname E-Tourist Card?

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay

Vaccination requirements for travel to Suriname

Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Check WHO – Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination.

Learn more about Suriname Tourism

Traveling to a new foreign country is something that we all get excited about, which is why we plan, 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. 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 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 e-Visa 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 e-Visa.

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. Sranan Tongo is yet another used language, which is an English Creole. If you plan on visiting the cities, you will do alright with English only. Most people talk about 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 beauties. Most of the country is a nature reserve, so you will be able to admire flora and fauna. We recommend the beaches Galibi and Albina. Not only that they are gorgeous to look upon, but if you go in the right moment, you can see the mating season for 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 will not get bored. Nature’s beauty will keep you occupied, but you can also find some other means of entertainment. In Suriname, the songs are called ‘pokies’ in Sranan Tongo, and they are really fun. You can also watch some Association Football.

The food in Suriname, thanks to the mix of cultures, is delicious. Surinamese food is similar to Indian and Pakistani cuisine, but the difference is that it is less spicy, which may 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, you should rely mostly on common sense. Do not venture alone in the dark. Also, you should avoid the Palm Garden in Paramaribo because that is the place where a lot of drug trade is made. Also, you should never go alone to the bush (binnenland).

Healthwise, there are no mandatory vaccinations you must have before going to Suriname, although some of them are recommended. For example, you should have the malaria vaccine and tablets if you plan on exploring the rainforests. It is also recommended that you get inoculated against tetanus-diphtheria, hepatitis A, and Yellow Fever. Drink only bottled water while in Suriname.

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 think that particular trees or sport are holy, and you should ask for permission before taking a picture of them. If you travel with a guide, he/she 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.