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By No owner — last modified Oct 16, 2017 04:45 PM

 Suriname - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -3

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 127 V

Frequency: 60 Hz

Opening Hours

Government offices close at 14:00.

Money

Suriname dollar (Srd) of 100 cents.

The ATMs in Suriname issue Suriname Dollars, American dollars and euros.

Foreign currency can be changed in all banks. It is no longer necessary to declare foreign currency on arrival.

Communications

International Dialing codefor Suriname is +597.

Cellphone GSM Frequencies: 900/1800 (This means you will need a GSM cellphone that will work on 900MHz or 1800Mhz to use it in Suriname.)

Several companies sell pre-paid SIM cards in local shops.

Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising using Digicel should be aware that if you purchase a SIM card in one country, it cannot be topped up in different one, as previously possible. So if you wish to use the sim bought here while cruising in other countries, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or set up an account and do it online.
You can top-up Digicel at https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/

Transport

There is a direct bus route between Domburg and Paramaribo, however the buses in Suriname don't appear to operate to a schedule. Buses leave the terminus when they are full, which can mean a very hot hour sitting in the bus in Paramaribo waiting for the seats slowly to fill. Conversely, since Domberg isn't a terminus, it is not uncommon for buses to pass by without stopping since they have no vacant seats. Be patient and allow plenty of time for your journey.

There are several flights per week from  Zanderij Airport to Amsterdam-(conn. Europe). The Caribbean, Miami and Latin American destinations.

 

Diplomatic Missions

Emergencies

Emergencies - Dial 115

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

A Cruising Guide to French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana
By Martin Dixon-Tyrer
Published by RCC Pilotage Foundation (1st edition Dec 2016)
Download at www.rccpf.org.uk/pilots/145/A-Cruising-Guide-to-French-Guiana,-Suriname-and-Guyana
A most useful guide to this little visited part of South America. Giving cruisers an opportunity to experience pristine rainforest with abundant flora and fauna, small towns, and jungle settlements of considerable cultural interest.
Now available in a version which can be read on any device which can support the Amazon Kindle software (April 2017).

Pleasant Suriname (A Cruising Guide to Dutch Guyana)
by John Hoedemakers and Jolanda Geerdink
Published by "Sail Adventures" (1st Edn Dec. 2012)
ISBN 978-90-811890-5-7
Download from www.sailadventures.nl
See a review here.

Update History

June 2017: All formalities information confirmed as being still up to date by liveaboard cruiser in Suriname Maarten of S/V windsofchange.
June 2017: Police office information updated for clearance by SY AKKA.
March 2017: New publication added.
November 2016: Customs and health checked/updated.
May 2016: Dangerous wreck noted under clearance - reported by Jesse Smith of SV Obelisk.
June 2015: Publications checked.
November 2014: Formalities checked/updated.
August 2014: Security section updated with info. from Kaiateur News Online: Pirates step up activities as….Guyana, Suriname shelve joint patrols on Corentyne River - July 27, 2014 | By KNews
January 2013: Domburg and Paramaribo updates from Mieke.
September 2013: Latest info. from Mieke Koenraadt
December 2012: More updates from Mieke Koenraadt
September 2012: Clearance and Visa information from Ruth and Angus Ross-Thomson of SY Do It.
June 2012: Useful updates from updates from Mieke Koenraadt

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Blackie
Blackie says:
Oct 05, 2017 10:00 PM

The sail across from Ascension Island to the Suriname River mouth took us 25 days – about 2652nm. Crossing in the path of the Amazon River, we were affected by cross currents, even 260nm out. Coming in closer to Suriname, there were a lot of fishing boats with nets extended all over the place and it was very difficult to pick your way though it all, especially at night, so take great care on the approaches or come around at higher latitudes and then turn South heading straight for the entry markers.

We anchored just off the river mouth to wait for a full days light. MAS (Maritime Authority Suriname) would not allow us to anchor closer in, we had to either proceed up to Domburg or wait outside, and so we waited. The current was hectic at 2am so you have to very careful as where to anchor and keep watch.

We arranged docking at Marina Resort Waterland which is about 27nm up the river. GPS – 05deg39’.503N and 055deg03’.833W (see their website www.waterlandsuriname.com and they have a facebook page). Fees were €27 + 8% tax per day with water and electricity. Very nice, relaxing place to recuperate after the long sail.

The owner, Noel, arranged a taxi for us to go into Paramaribo to check in. This took about 6 hours as we needed a visa from Immigration. Visa fee was $45 each and had to be paid at the Central Bank which was a short walk away. Everyone was friendly.

We stayed on dock for 2 weeks then moved 6.7nm back towards Domburg and went on a mooring ball at Harbour Resort Domburg GPS – 05deg42’.222N and 055deg04’.899W. Also very nice with a restaurant (River Breeze Restaurant & Bar), swimming pool, showers and small laundry machine. Fees were €8.75 for the mooring ball. Although while we were there, there was construction working in progress along the bank retaining wall so there was no floating dingy dock and difficult access to land. There was no “water supply” to your boat as part of the facilities/services and the “cooking gas service” entails hiring a car or taxi and going to town yourself.

The Tourism Foundation has a fairly comprehensive tourist destination guide and there is also the Suriname Travel magazine and a variety of smaller brochures/booklets that will assist any visitor to Suriname. These are available at the immigration visa office and Marina Resort Waterland.

SY AKKA
SY AKKA says:
Jun 02, 2017 01:56 PM

Regarding clearing out in Paramaribo, please note that you do not go to Vremdelingenspolitie, but to the Military Police on the corner of Tourtonne Laan, same police post you have been visiting when checking in.
I was told that this is the case since 2 or 3 years already.
Pleas note that sometimes you get your crew list stamped, sometimes not - we did not get a stamp.

Vremdelingenspolitie is still the point to go when you stay longer than 4 weeks and you have to get you 3 months visa re-stamped.

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