Arrival in Suriname

Suriname arrival

Airplane: There are no direct flights to Suriname from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Connections from Europe usually include a stop in London or Amsterdam. The national airlines Surinam Airways and KLM fly from Amsterdam. Caribbean Airlines flies from London (stopover in Tobago).

Air France flies to Suriname from Paris, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Lyon.

Regional connections are offered by Insel Air (to Bonaire, Aruba, St Maarten and Curacao) and Surinam Airways (Belem, Aruba, Port of Spain and Curcao). The airline Meta Linhas Aereas flies to Brazil (Boa Vista, Belem, Macapa and Georgetown).

Airports: Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM) is located in Zanderij, 40 km south of Paramaribo. From here buses and taxis go into the city, the journey time is around 45 minutes.

Ship: The most important port in Suriname is Paramaribo.

There are ferry connections to French Guiana across the Maroni River (between St. Laurent du Moroni and Albina), and from Nieuw Nickerie on the Corantijn River, there are ferries to Corriverton in Guyana.

Bus / Car: from Cayenne in French Guiana a road leads along the coast to Suriname.

Suriname – entry requirements

Passport is a general requirement for traveling to Suriname. The passport (or the temporary passport) must be valid for at least 6 months when you plan to leave the country. If you are arriving by plane, you must have a return or onward ticket.

According to programingplease, visa is generally required for traveling to Suriname.

Tourist Card

However, it is possible for tourists to apply for a Tourist Card. This is issued by the Consulate General in Amsterdam as well as at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam (Tourist Card counter) and on arrival in Suriname at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport. The advantage of the Tourist Card is that there are no waiting times for the visa and the costs (20.00 euros in Europe, 25.00 US dollars outside Europe) are lower. However, the Tourist Card is only valid for one entry.

Business travelers cannot apply for the Tourist Card.

Tourists from the following European countries can travel to Suriname with the Tourist Card: Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Great Britain

Upon arrival in Suriname you will receive the touristCard a permit for a 30-day stay in Suriname. If you want a longer tourist stay in Suriname (maximum 90 days), you have to do this on site at the Immigration Dept. (Ministry of Justice and Police).

Visa fees

Tourist visa

multiple entry, 2 months validity: 40 €

single entry, 3 months validity: 40 €

multiple entry, valid for one year: 150 €

Business visa

multiple entry, 2 months validity: 50 €

multiple entry, valid for one year: 300 €

Transit visa

valid for 3 days: 10 €

Payment can be made in cash or transferred to the account of the relevant diplomatic mission.

Application in
person or by post at the Consulate General in Amsterdam (see Suriname – important addresses). All visa applications from European citizens are processed here. There is an exception for Belgians who have to apply for a visa in Brussels.


Tourist visa : a completed application form – a current passport photo – passport that is still valid for at least 6 months and has at least two free pages – proof of booked and paid outward and return journeys

Business visa : in addition to the documents for a tourist visa – a company letter from the German company to the consulate of the country of travel with the name of the traveler, personal data, type of trip, place of stay and confirmation of the assumption of costs – copy of the extract from the commercial register of the sending company – invitation of the business partner Issue in Suriname with the data of the traveler, the reason for the trip and the period of the visit

Processing time for
applications by post: around one week

Obligation to register
Travelers who stay in Suriname for more than a month must register (in the Aliens Registration Office).

Extending your stay
In Suriname you can extend your stay to a maximum of 6 months.

Travelers who continue their flight within 24 hours and do not leave the transit room do not need a transit visa. Entry with children Every child needs their own travel document. The same visa requirements apply to accompanying children as to their parents. Minors under the age of 18 who travel alone or with only one custodian require an officially certified declaration of consent from the custodian. Germany: Child ID with photo (only when accompanied by a legal guardian) or your own passport Austria: Children need their own passport. Switzerland: Children need their own passport.

Adequate Funds
Foreign visitors must have sufficient funds to travel to Suriname.


Information on recommended vaccinations, health risks and hygiene in Suriname can be found in the chapter Suriname – Health and diseases.

Arrival in Suriname