Suriname, South America - Stein Travel

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Welcome to Suriname

Boasting some impressive natural attractions, Suriname's sparse savannah juxtaposes verdant rainforests, teeming with exotic wildlife, while at least five mountain ranges tower above this mysterious land. Yet it is a commonly overlooked destination and most who come here are armed with mosquito repellent, a Dutch dictionary and a sense of adventure.

The Central Suriname Nature Reserve in the upper Coppename River divide is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but is also one of the most popular reserves in the country, along with the Brownsberg Nature Park. Suriname is popular with eco-tourists who come to marvel at the biodiversity of the pristine Amazonian rainforests along the Brazilian border.

The historic inner city of Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Paramaribo contains beautiful colonial architecture and is a great place for any travellers to start exploring. Take a walk in the Maagdenstraat and buy some handcrafted jewellery, head to the Sunday flea market to pick up some souvenirs, and enjoy a picture perfect sunset with an ice-cold beer at the waterkant.

Known for its torrid political history, Suriname has been ruled by a democratically elected government since 1991. The crime level is relatively low, but the usual rules apply to those visiting foreign countries with regards to exercising a bit of caution and common sense. Malaria and Dengue fever are common throughout most of the country and visitors should make sure they have comprehensive medical insurance and are up to date with their vaccinations.

It may be off the beaten track, but the memory of Suriname is one that will be relived for years to come by those who visit here.


Local culture in Suriname is relaxed and friendly, however strongly patriarchal. Women are expected to dress conservatively. It is customary to greet a new acquaintance with a handshake, and a good friend with a hug. It is polite to remove your shoes when entering someone's home. Ask permission before photographing government or military buildings, or any landmark considered to be holy.

Duty Free

Visitors to Suriname may import the following goods duty-free: 200 cigarettes/20 cigars/200 cigarillos/500 grammes of tobacco, one litre of spirits, four litres of wine and eight litres of beer, 50 grams perfume and one litre eau de toilette/lotions/eau-de-Cologne, other goods for personal to a value of US$500.

Passport Visa

Passports must be valid 6 months after arrival and passengers must have an onward ticket. Visitors arriving from a country without Suriname representation can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 2 months, provided holding pre-arranged approval, for a fee of between USD 45 and USD 65. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

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