The most common ways to reach Suriname would be by air, or over land. International travelers usually fly into Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, which is about an hour’s drive from downtown Paramaribo. There are regular incoming flights from Amsterdam, Paris, Miami and Orlando, Curacao and Aruba, Cayenne, Georgetown as well as Port of Spain.
Travelers from Europe can choose between a direct flight from Amsterdam, or travel from Paris to Cayenne, in neighboring French Guiana. From there, they can take a bus or a taxi to St. Laurent du Maroni and cross the Marowijne River (Maroni in French) to Albina, in Suriname. There are regular buses and taxi-buses from Albina to Paramaribo.
Transfer from the airport
Once in Suriname, you will need transfer from the airport to the city of Paramaribo. It is highly advisable to book your transfer up ahead. In case you do not have a transfer reservation, often you can just buy your seat right then and there, or grab a cab. However, should your plane arrive late, or should you – for whatever reason – be delayed at the airport itself, you might not walk out until after everyone else has left. This is not the rule, but it has happened. Why take the chance to start of your vacation on a bad foot? My motto is: better safe than sorry! Check out De Paarl Airport Service, Ashruf Airport Service, or my favorite: Le Grand Baldew. These guys are online and work with fixed rates in US Dollars, Euros, or Surinamese Dollars. Their driver will meet you outside the arrival hall. They are not allowed to hold up a sign with their company name on it, so you will need to spot them at the right hand side when you approach the exit of the building. They do wear company uniforms, so look for the logo on the shirt and just ask.
Here is a list of the countries whose nationals do not need Suriname Tourist Visa to enter the country: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bonaire, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile (holders of diplomatic and official passports only), Colombia (holders of diplomatic and official passports only), Costa Rica (holders of diplomatic and official passports only), Cuba (holders of diplomatic and official passports only), Curaçao, Dominica, Gambia, Guyana, Grenada, Hong Kong (holders of Hong Kong SAR China passports only), Indonesia (holders of diplomatic and official passports only), Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia (tourists max 30 days stay), Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Philippines, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore (max 30 days stay), Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela (holders of diplomatic and official passports only), South Korea (tourists max 30 days stay).
Foreign nationals of Surinamese origin and nationals of the following countries who travel to Suriname for touristic purposes are eligible to enter on a Tourist Card: Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Chili, 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, Luxemburg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Tourist Cards do not apply to countries that are exempt from the visa requirement.
With your passport (valid at least 6 months upon arrival in Suriname), and your return ticket, you can buy your Tourist Card at:
- Embassies and consulates representing the Republic of Suriname in other countries;
- Surinam Airways Sales Offices: travellers who purchase their flight ticket at a Surinam Airways Sales Office, may also buy their Tourist Card there;
- Schiphol International Airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: there is a designated counter during at least 2 hours of Surinam Airways and KLM check-in times for flights to Suriname;
- Upon arrival at Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport, Suriname.
A Tourist Card is for Single Entry only and is valid for a maximum of 90 days. Prices per 15 March 2016 are USD 35 or Euro 30.
Note: Travelers who wish to enter Suriname for business, an internship, volunteer work, etc. cannot do so on a Tourist Card. They will need a visa.
Foreign nationals of Surinamese origins who travel to Suriname frequently, can apply for a PSA document.
Note: Please use this page for general information. As for Visa, Tourist Card, or PSA, do check the official websites to find out which travel documents are required to enter Suriname in your specific situation.
The following links are examples of where you can find helpful information:
How to Get a Visa for Suriname – USA Today