Suriname Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever 1
cholera 2
Typhoid & Polio 3
malaria 4
Eat Drink 5


Due to the unreliable medical care, you should definitely take out health insurance for travel abroad before you travel, which includes return transport in an emergency. Check findjobdescriptions for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers wishing to enter within six days of staying in the infected areas designated by the WHO. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas and transit travelers who do not leave the airport in Suriname. Suriname is considered a country with yellow fever infection areas. Therefore, regardless of country regulations, WHO strongly recommends vaccination for all travelers to yellow fever infected areas. [2] A certificate of vaccination against cholera is not an entry requirement, but the risk of infection is particularly high in the Marowijne District. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, It is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before starting the journey. To protect yourself, you should practice careful drinking water and food hygiene. Vaccination is only recommended in rare cases. [3] Typhoid occurs, poliomyelitis does not. Vaccination against typhoid is recommended. [4] There is a high risk of malaria all year round, especially in the southern parts of the country. The risk of contagion is low in the city of Paramaribo and in the coastal areas. The predominant more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum is said to be highly resistant to chloroquine. [5] Due to the risk of possible infections, careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured. The tap water in Suriname is not suitable for drinking. Bottled water is therefore recommended, which is available everywhere. When buying bottled water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk from the state-owned “Melk Centrale” is pasteurized and therefore harmless. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Travelers should definitely pay attention to special hygiene measures before eating fruit, vegetables and meat as well as fish and seafood. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.

Other risks

Schistosomiasis pathogens are found in some ponds and rivers, especially in the central coastal region, so swimming and wading in inland waters should be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Chagas disease is brought on by assassin bugs, which are found nationwide. Travelers who stay in simple huts and in the open air are recommended to use mosquito nets to protect them from insects. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs nationwide. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Filariasis caused by insects also occurs nationwide. Travelers reduce the risk of transmission if they use an effective insect repellent. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur nationwide. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is a major problem in the country and a danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: unprotected sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. Leishmaniasis occurs nationwide. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Rabies occurs nationwide. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, joint pain and conjunctivitis. The infection often goes unnoticed or only has mild symptoms. The isolated deaths documented so far were mainly related to other pre-existing conditions. The Federal Foreign Office advises pregnant women against non-essential travel to areas with current Zika outbreaks because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended.

Health certificate

Travelers who are nationals of Eastern European, African and Asian countries must present a negative HIV test.



1 Surinamese dollar = 100 cents. Currency code: S$, SRD (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 Sf; Coins are in denominations of 250, 100, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cent.

Credit cards

Major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are accepted in Paramaribo in major hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and shops. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With a credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from some ATMs in the capital. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used in the capital at a few ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks can be cashed at Republic Bank branches in Paramaribo in Suriname.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 08.00-15.00.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of local currency is limited to S$100 (children under 12: S$50). The import of foreign currency is unlimited; mandatory declaration. Export of foreign currencies up to the amount declared, minus the exchange amounts.

Currency Exchange

Money can be exchanged at banks and exchange offices in Paramaribo and other cities. Due to the risk of fraud, it is not advisable to change on the open road.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
SRD S$ 1 EUR = S$7.64
1 CHF = S$9.10
1 USD = S$7.38

Suriname Money