Destination Information for Suriname
Suriname is a small country tucked between Guyana and French Guiana on the Northeast coast of South America. Formerly a Dutch colony, the architecture and culture of Suriname is still heavily influenced by the style of the Netherlands, since independence in 1975. Suriname is the smallest independent country in South America. The main towns, and the majority of Suriname’s small population, are along the coast, with the Surinamese Rainforest and a number of national parks inland, including the Brownsberg Nature Park with the Brokopondo Reservoir, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes.
The main attraction of Suriname is the vast natural beauty and the prolific and stunning flora and fauna. Around a third of the country is natural reserve, home to thousands of species of birds, reptiles, primates and big cats. There are some guided tours and even holiday resorts available, a safe and stress-free way to see this beautiful land without the worry of navigating yourself. The 17th-century capital, Paramaribo, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with waterfront colonial buildings, a lively market and excellent local restaurants and bars.
Suriname is often overlooked as a destination in favour of its larger and more well-known neighbours, but it shouldn’t be underestimated. Ecotourism is a growing industry here, and options for tourists make it an attractive option for anyone looking for a South American rainforest adventure.
Chikungunya in the Carribean/Americas
The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing; WHO/PAHO has published further epidemiological data on countries reporting autochthonous transmission.
- Anguilla, 71 suspected cases, 55 confirmed.
- Antigua and Barbuda, 1,442 suspected cases, 18 confirmed.
- Aruba, 474 suspected cases, 743 confirmed.
- Bahamas, 99 confirmed cases.
- Barbados, 1,897 suspected cases, 122 confirmed.
- Cayman Islands, 229 suspected cases, 44 confirmed.
- Curacao, 1,838 suspected cases, 835 confirmed. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Dominica, 3,598 suspected cases, 173 confirmed.
- Grenada, 3,070 suspected cases, 26 confirmed. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Guyana, 5,310 suspected cases, 105 confirmed.
- Jamaica, 1,669 suspected cases, 87 confirmed.
- Montserrat, 118 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
- St Kitts and Nevis, 627 suspected cases, 28 confirmed.
- St Lucia, 645 suspected cases, 238 confirmed.
- Sint Maarten, 470 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- St Vincent and the Grenadines, 1,223 suspected cases, 175 confirmed.
- Suriname, 1,210 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Trinidad and Tobago, 313 confirmed cases.
- Turks and Caicos, 19 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- UK Virgin Islands, 347 suspected cases, 47 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- US Virgin Islands, 1,541 suspected cases, 376 confirmed.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum and P.Vivax malaria throughout the country, with coastal areas and the city of Paramaribo, the exception. (See map above).
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
Doxycycline or Atovaquone/Proguanil or Mefloquine
Chloroquine plus Proguanil should only be used if other anti-malarials cannot be tolerated as it is less effective in these regions.
There is no British embassy in Suriname. Please contact the FCO for advice.