Foreign travel advice

Suriname

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays or leisure purposes. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, from 8 March you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.

Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Suriname based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

From 4am on 15 January, visitors who have been in or transited through Suriname in the previous 10 days cannot enter England. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in England from Suriname will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

From 1 January onwards people with residence rights include: holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain; holders of existing leave to enter or remain (i.e those with biometric Residence permits) or an entry clearance/visa that grants such leave e.g. students, workers, etc (excluding visit visas); holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave; those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers); family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.

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Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Suriname has closed its borders owing to concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). However, a limited number of exceptional international flights may become available. See return to the UK from Suriname

If you are still in Suriname, send your contact details to the Consular Section at the British High Commission, Georgetown, Guyana, by email to returnfrom.suriname@fcdo.gov.uk. Please note that owing to the need for social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus, we are responding to queries via telephone, email and social media. See Return to the UK.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Staying during coronavirus page.

If you are visiting Suriname you will need an e-visa or e-tourist card. See Visas

Most visits are trouble-free, but burglary, armed robbery and violent crime occur in Paramaribo and in outlying areas. See Crime

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Suriname, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

UK health authorities have classified Suriname as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Consular support may be limited in Suriname as there is no British Embassy office.  However, the British High Commission in Georgetown, Guyana, can provide consular support.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.