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Institute for Graduate Studies and Research

Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname

Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname


International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)


Suriname Ministry of Health

Ministerie van volksgezondheid


PAHO Suriname
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Syngenta Global

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Suriname: Useful Facts and Information

Entry requirements
For many non CARICOM countries a visa to Suriname is required, in addition to a valid passport. A visa can be obtained at any Surinamese consulate or Embassy or may be bought at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Citizens of some countries can obtain a visa when arriving at the J.A. Pengel International Airport (USD 25). Please check regulations.

Climate and clothing
Suriname has a tropical, humid climate. Temperatures vary between 32C during the day and 24C at night. The month of May brings some rain, so an umbrella can be welcome, as is light (cotton) clothing. In public, Surinamese people dress rather formally and conservatively. Appropriate attire is appreciated. Most official buildings have air-conditioning.

Currency
Suriname uses the Surinamese dollar (1 USD = 3.25 SRD). Foreign currency is sometimes accepted in hotels. However, it is recommended that funds be exchanged at banks (for example in the airport) or cambios. ATMs are also available. Never exchange currency on the street or at a market. That is not safe.

Electricity
In Suriname 110V/60Hz is used. In some hotels 220V/60Hz is available.

Transportation
The larger hotels provide transportation between the J.A. Pengel International Airport and their establishment. Public transport is provided by a national company as well as by many private bus owners. Fees are low. Fees for taxis are very reasonable, although it is advised to agree with the driver in advance about the price. It’s a good idea to have smaller denominations of money with you.

Accommodation
Paramaribo hosts many hotels and guesthouses. Most rooms are air-conditioned. Prices are reasonable. Please consult the list of symposium hotels and guesthouses. Suriname is generally safe but it is advised to use caution when traveling about at night and to exercise prudence with your personal belongings.

Language
The official language is Dutch, but many other languages exist, like the widely spoken Sranan Tongo. Though possibly not fluently, most people are able to communicate in English.

Internet and mobile telephones
Wi-Fi can be found at most hotels and guesthouses. If you want to use your mobile phone, you may need a Surinamese sim-card, which can be obtained from several providers for around 5 USD. Cell phones should be able to work both at 900 and 1800 Hz. The country code for Suriname is 597.

Health
Health care in Suriname is well developed. When staying in the coastal area, vaccinations are not necessary. Yellow fever is extinguished, malaria almost non-existent. It is suggested that you bring mosquito repellent as mosquitos can be a problem at dusk. Tap water is clean and safe to drink. Because of the heat, it is good practice to drink water regularly. Buying food on the street is not advised, because hygiene in preparation and storage of food is not always good.

People
Suriname is large but not densely populated; on its 164 000 sq. kilometres live 500,000 inhabitants from very different origins. The indigenous Amerindians are hardly to be found any more. Most people’s ancestors can be traced to West Africa or to India. People are friendly and respectful and wish to be treated in the same way.

Paramaribo and the interior
Paramaribo is a beautiful city with a very historic “colonial” centre, located on the banks of the wide Suriname river. In 2002 the city was placed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List. The interior of the country is impressive because of its tropical rainforest and wide rivers, interrupted by waterfalls and rapids. The ocean is difficult to access and there are few sandy beaches. There are a number of historic plantations that can be toured most days of the week.

Smoking
Please note in Suriname smoking is prohibited in all public places.