Paramaribo Travel Information

The Basics


GMT -3


Electrical current is 127 volts, 60Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Local Customs

Local culture in Suriname is relaxed and friendly, however strongly patriarchal. Women are expected to dress conservatively. It is customary to greet a new acquaintance with a handshake, and a good friend with a hug. It is polite to remove your shoes when entering someone's home. Ask permission before photographing government or military buildings, or any landmark considered to be holy.


The international dialling code for Suriname is +597. Mobile coverage is adequate in towns and cities, but is limited in more remote areas of the interior. Internet cafes are available in major towns.

Duty Free

Visitors to Suriname may import the following goods duty-free: 200 cigarettes/20 cigars/200 cigarillos/500 grammes of tobacco, one litre of spirits, four litres of wine and eight litres of beer, 50 grams perfume and one litre eau de toilette/lotions/eau-de-Cologne, other goods for personal to a value of US$500.

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