Suriname visa

If you are planning a trip to Suriname, you may need to apply for a Suriname visa first. However, the good news is that Suriname’s visa requirements are very lenient and the application process is entirely online.

Foreigners wishing to enter Suriname need a Suriname tourist card or visa. Which one you need depends on your nationality. Both a Suriname visa and a tourist card can be obtained online, but the process of obtaining a tourist card is faster.

Certain nationals may enter Suriname without a visa for tourist purposes. This article details how to apply for a visa to Suriname, required documents, visa fees, and more.


Who Needs a Suriname Visa?

You should apply for a Suriname visa if:

  1. You are not from a country that is exempt from visa requirements (below)
  2. You are not from a country that is eligible for the Suriname Tourist Card (below)
  3. You are exempt from visa requirements (below)
  4. If you are eligible or eligible for a tourist card but want to stay for more than 30 or 90 days.

Suriname Visa Exemptions

If you are from one of the following countries, you do not need a visa to visit Suriname for up to six months:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. Argentina
  3. Aruba*
  4. Bahamas
  5. Barbados
  6. Belize
  7. Bonaire*
  8. Brazil
  9. Curacao*
  10. Dominica
  11. Grenada
  12. Guyana
  13. Israel
  14. Jamaica
  15. Montserrat**
  16. Saba*
  17. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  18. Saint Lucia
  19. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  20. Sint Eustatius*
  21. Sint Maarten*
  22. Trinidad and Tobago

*Only if you have a Dutch passport.

**Only if you have a British Overseas Territories Citizen passport issued by Montserrat.

If you are from one of the following countries, you do not need a visa for Suriname for up to 90 days:

  1. Hong Kong
  2. Japan
  3. Russia

If you are from one of the following countries, you do not need a visa for Suriname for up to 30 days:

  1. Malaysia
  2. Philippines
  3. Serbia
  4. South Korea

If you have a diplomatic, official or service passport issued by one of the following countries, you do not need a visa:

  1. Chile
  2. China
  3. Colombia
  4. Costa Rica*
  5. Cuba
  6. Ecuador
  7. Haiti
  8. India
  9. Indonesia
  10. Japan
  11. Uruguay
  12. Venezuela*

*Diplomatic passports only.

Who Is Eligible for a Suriname Tourist Card?

If you are from one of the following countries, you can apply for a Suriname Tourist Card online at least 72 hours before you intend to travel:
  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Bolivia
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. China
  7. Colombia
  8. Costa Rica
  9. Cuba
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Denmark
  12. Dominican Republic
  13. Ecuador
  14. El Salvador
  15. Estonia
  16. Finland
  17. France
  18. Germany
  1. Greece
  2. Guatemala
  3. Honduras
  4. Hungary
  5. Iceland
  6. India
  7. Indonesia
  8. Italy
  9. Latvia
  10. Liechtenstein
  11. Lithuania
  12. Luxembourg
  13. Malta
  14. Mexico
  15. Netherlands
  16. Nicaragua
  17. Norway
  18. Panama
  1. Paraguay
  2. Peru
  3. Portugal
  4. Serbia
  5. Singapore
  6. Slovakia
  7. Slovenia
  8. Spain
  9. Sweden
  10. Switzerland
  11. Turkey
  12. United Arab Emirates
  13. The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
  14. United States of America
  15. Uruguay
  16. Venezuela
You must be travelling for tourism purposes and you cannot stay longer than 90 days.

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Suriname Visa Requirements

  1. Passport self-introduction page. Passports must be valid for 6 months.
  2. Itinerary (not a ticket)
  3. Proof of accommodation in Suriname (hotel reservations, reservations, invitations, etc.)
  4. Passport photo with the following requirements:
    • Dimensions: 3×4 cm
    • White background
    • No shadows, glare, or over-/underexposure
    • Must look ahead
    • Full face must be visible
    • If you are wearing prescription glasses, avoid covering your face. Sunglasses, thick-rimmed glasses and tinted lenses are prohibited.
    • If you wear a religious head covering, please do not cover your face. No other types of headgear (caps, headbands, etc.) are allowed.
  5. For a Suriname business visa:
    • Letter of recommendation from a Suriname business partner
    • Excerpt/certificate from the Chamber of Commerce (issued within 6 months)
  6. Letter of invitation from the relevant institution. When applying for a visa for volunteer work, commercial work, etc.
  7. Current medical report or health certificate. (issued within 3 months)
  8. Police certificate from your country. (Proof of “good conduct”)
  9. Proof of ability to pay. (e.g. bank statement)
  10. Valid travel health insurance.
  11. For Suriname study visa:
    • Recommendation letter
    • Admission letter
    • Scholarship letter (if applicable)
  12. For Suriname work visa:
    • Employment invitation letter in English
    • Recommendation letter (from new employer) (from previous employer)
    • Company resume from Chamber of Commerce
    • Company business license
    • Copies of diplomas and certificates
    • Employment contract with job description and requirements
    • Your resume
  13. Family reunion Visa:
    • Marriage certificate of spouse
    • Birth certificate or other document proving family structure
    • Relationship Declaration of guarantor/sponsor in Suriname
  14. For minors:
    • Parental approval and family register or birth Copy of certificate:
      • Minors traveling alone.
      • If the minor travels with only one parent (with the consent of the other parent)
    • If the minor is adopted or under guardianship: Copy of court decision
  15. Some of the following documents: Birth/marriage certificate must be authenticated before presentation.

How to Apply for a Suriname Visa?

  1. Begin by clicking on the “Login” button, which can be found in the menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you haven’t registered yet, please register yourself first. After registering, proceed to log in to the panel.
  3. Once you are logged in, navigate to the menu on the left side of the panel.
  4. Select the “Visa Application Form” option from the menu.
  5. Fill out this form with the required information.
  6. Finally, submit the completed form.

Can You Get a Suriname Visa on Arrival?

No, it is no longer possible to obtain a Suriname visa on arrival. Until October 2019, those eligible for a tourist card could obtain one at the airport. However, you now have to apply for a tourist card online instead. Only the following are eligible for a Suriname visa on arrival:

Holders of a diplomatic, official or work passport, or an official invitation from the Surinamese authorities or the National Security Agency. Holders of an Interpol passport or identification card with in active duty. Her Suriname Visa on Arrival in these categories is valid for her 2 months.

How to Receive the Suriname Visa or Tourist Card?

Your Suriname visa or tourist card will be delivered to your email address. You can also download it as a PDF file from the visa application website. You will need to print it out and present it to the immigration officer.

What Is the Processing Time for a Suriname Visa?

Suriname visa applications are processed within 72 hours. It may take longer during holidays.

However, if it takes more than 5 days, you will need to contact the visa agency that will process your application.

What Is the Duration of a Suriname Visa?

Suriname visas can be issued for the following periods:

  1. Suriname tourist visa: 2 months (single or multiple entries), 12 months (multiple entries)
  2. Suriname Business Visa: 2 months, 2 years, 5 years (multiple entries)
  3. Suriname transit visa: 3 days
  4. Suriname tourist card: 90 days

What Are the Suriname Visa Fees?

Depending on the kind and length of your visa, there is a price associated with applying for a Suriname visa:

Type of visa:

  1. Single-entry tourist visa for Suriname: USD 45
  2. Two months, many entries, USD 45
  3. 12 months of several submissions for USD 210
  4. Suriname Travel Pass: $40 USD for three months
  5. Business Visa for Suriname (Multiple Entries) 60 USD in two months
  6. Two years, many submissions, USD 360
  7. Five years, many submissions, USD $100
  8. Three-day Suriname Transit Visa: $15 USD

The Suriname visa fee must be paid using a MasterCard, Visa, or Maestro credit or debit card. You must also pay a service charge of USD 14 to the visa application agency in addition to the Suriname visa price.

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