Before the trip to Suriname
Passport and Visa
Nordic citizens do not need a visa to travel to Suriname. Tourist cards can be purchased at the airport in Suriname, please note that if you want to go out and then return you need a visa, apply at the Embassy in the Netherlands. Check that your passport is valid 6 months after the return journey. The passport must not be cracked or broken.
Vaccinations and health
Make sure you have a good comprehensive travel insurance that applies to care in Suriname. See what your home insurance covers. Additional travel insurance can be ordered through Phoenix. Remember to bring documentation of current travel / health insurance. If you have medicines with you, they should be stored in their packaging where it is clear what the medicine is. For prescription medicines, you should also have a certificate from your doctor in English and pack it together with the medicines in your hand luggage.
Weather and clothing
Tropical climate in Suriname; mitigated by trade winds; annual rainfall on average 2200 mm. There are 2 dry periods (February to March, August to November) and 2 rainy periods (December to January April-August). November is the warmest month.
Surinamese Dollar, SRD
Transport and communications
In Suriname you can take a taxi, local bus or boat.
Personal security in Suriname is as in many other countries. Use common sense, be vigilant in the evenings and at night.
Food and drink
Due to the ethical diversity of Suriname, the food culture is inspired by the traditions of many different countries. Chinese, Indian and Javanese food are often eaten. Suriname would not be the tropical paradise it is without a variety of great fruit juices, do not hesitate to try tropical fruits such as passion fruit. For pure juice, it is best to ask for fresh squeezed juice. The Javanese population has a pink (and sometimes green) colored drink called dawet, which consists of coconut milk.
Beer: Try local “Parbo beer”, which in 1 liter bottles is called “Djogo”. In 2008, Suriname finally got Parbo beer in a can. Guinness is a popular import beer, and for that reason Parbo also brews a very decent own stout variant: Parbo Stout. Of course there is imported beer. Rome: Borgoe and Black Cat.
In Suriname, things that are well worth buying can be: handmade jewelry, tropical flowers and perfume.
General and mixed
- Time difference: Winter, Swedish time minus 5 hours, summer, Swedish time minus 6 hours.
- Tips: Giving tips is expected by most people who work with service, about 10-15% if it is not included.
- Languages: Dutch, English.
- ELECTRICITY: The mains runs at 110 volts so an adapter is a must.
- Travel insurance: You can buy it through Phoenix Travel when you book your trip or order it at http://www.erv.se/vara-forsakringar/valj-forsakring/. Before you buy travel insurance, please check what your home insurance or your card insurance covers when traveling.