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Suriname Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT -3

Electricity

Electrical current ranges between 110 volts and 230 volts, 60Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Language

The official language is Dutch. The local creole language, Sranan, is also widely spoken.

Local Customs

Local culture in Suriname is relaxed and friendly, but strictly 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, military buildings, or any landmark considered to be holy.

Communications

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 or 250 grams of cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; two litres of alcohol; perfume for personal use; and other goods up to the value of SBD 400.

Suriname Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT -3

Electricity

Electrical current ranges between 110 volts and 230 volts, 60Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Language

The official language is Dutch. The local creole language, Sranan, is also widely spoken.

Local Customs

Local culture in Suriname is relaxed and friendly, but strictly 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, military buildings, or any landmark considered to be holy.

Communications

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 or 250 grams of cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; two litres of alcohol; perfume for personal use; and other goods up to the value of SBD 400.