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Suriname

Suriname: At a glance

Capital: Paramaribo

Population: 563,402

Official language: Dutch

Time zone: Suriname Time

Emergency #: 115

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Suriname: Travel Health Information

The smallest country in South America, Suriname is known for its vast tropical rainforest, wildlife and nature reserves, and diverse cultures. Travellers can visit the Dutch-colonial capital of Paramaribo, see giant leatherback turtles on the beaches of the Galibi Nature Reserve, or visit one of the country’s many ecolodges.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Suriname may differ from your home country. Suriname has both public and private healthcare systems. Public healthcare in Paramaribo generally meets an adequate standard and is affordable. Costs for care in private facilities may be very high. Access to care varies by region and may be extremely limited along the coast or in the country’s interior.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Suriname require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to the United States or Brazil may be required for serious medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Suriname.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are generally available in Paramaribo and urban areas of Suriname, but access is limited by region. Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained from a local doctor. Many medicines can be purchased over-the-counter in Suriname. However, you should always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before starting a new medication.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Suriname’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Paramaribo are generally well maintained but road quality varies by region. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers in vehicles at all times. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear a helmet at all times.



Suriname: At a glance

Capital: Paramaribo

Population: 563,402

Official language: Dutch

Time zone: Suriname Time

Emergency #: 115

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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