A sovereign state located on the northeastern coast of South America, Suriname is known for its abundance of rivers, dense jungles and ethnic diversity. A Dutch colony, the country offers the best of both urban and natural worlds: lively nightlife, restaurants and shopping in the capital city of Paramaribo, as well as pristine, untamed jungles. Whether you are visiting the country for its biodiversity or its scenic waterfalls, or to explore the Amazon rainforest, it’s important to have a dependable travel insurance policy while travelling to unfamiliar regions.
Travel advice for Suriname
Canadian travellers are required to have a valid passport to enter the country, and it must be valid for at least six months after their departure date. A tourist visa is required, but it is in the form of a tourist card and must be purchased on arrival for $25 USD. Business and student visas are also required. If you plan to stay longer than 30 days, you must report to police services within one week to get an extension-of-stay stamp. There is an airport departure tax of $22 USD and a terminal fee of $10 USD, both of which may or may not be included in your airfare.
It is always important to pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of potential dangers. Foreigners are commonly targets for theft, so make sure to keep your passport and personal belonging secure at all times.
While Dutch is the official language in Suriname, residents speak a number of other regional languages. The official currency is the Surinamese dollar (SRD). Credit cards are accepted primarily at hotels.
There are two rainy seasons to be aware of: May to August and November to February. Flooding and heavy rains are possible during these times.
Top places to see in Suriname
Whether you plan on staying in the capital city or want to venture across the country, you will have no trouble filling up your travel itinerary. During your stay, consider visiting the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral (the number one rated place to visit on Trip Advisor), Fort Zeelandia, Independence Square, Peperpot Nature Park, Presidential Palace, Fort Nieuw Amsterdam, Central Suriname Nature Reserve and Voltzberg Dome. Also, if you have the opportunity to trek through the Amazon rainforest, don’t pass it up.
Why you need travel insurance in Suriname
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