Suriname is a South American state that is bordered by French Guiana and Guyana on the east and the west. It is one of the smallest countries in South America but provides ambient opportunities for a traveler.
Visa requirements for citizens of Suriname are the official entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Suriname. As of 02 July of 2019, the citizens of Suriname had options for visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 78 countries and territories across the world. This made them rank the Surinamese passport 66th in terms of travel freedom as per the Henley Passport Index.
For a Namibian who intends to travel to Suriname, a visa is essentially required and they do not provide the visa on arrival so it must be obtained before traveling to the country.
Citizens of the below-mentioned countries and territories can now obtain a VISA ON ARRIVAL that needs to be paid for at Namibia itself and it is valid at Hosea Kutako International Airport for up to 90 days upon their arrival.
- Czech Republic
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Essential travel requirements to visit Suriname:
- An individual should have a valid Passport and active Suriname Visa
- Have sufficient funds to support yourself and all of your family members during your entire trip.
- Accurate knowledge of your precise stay at Suriname and itinerary details to provide at immigration if asked to
- Return flight tickets or onward flight tickets to guarantee your return to your home country or your next stop once your visa expires
- Adhere to the moral standards of the country and follow the general laws
- Be in good medical health and sound mind
Important documents required for receiving a Suriname Visa:
- Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and a minimum of 3 blank pages and any old passports if available.
- Completely signed and attested visa application form.
- 2 recent photographs: color photo with white background and matte background.
The embassy and the government are extremely particular about the applicants’ photos submitted for the visa. There are high chances for the visa to be rejected if the specified requirements are not met:
- Two photographs minimum.
- Photo should be taken at least 6 months before the application
- 5 x 4.5 cm in size.
- Colored photo with a plain white background
- Taken with the applicants face visible and looking straight to the camera with no obstruction of hair or accessories on it.
- On a good quality photo paper
- Personal Covering letter: explaining the purpose of your travel to the country
- Original Bank Statement that is stamped & updated for the last 6 months with original bank seal on it.
- Income Tax Returns/Form 16: for last 3 years of an individual
- Travel Itinerary that includes a day-wise plan outlining all details of the trip, including emergency contacts and other important details.
- Travel Insurance: with minimum coverage of EUR 30000 and valid for the entire duration of your stay
- Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate
- Health Certificate to be obtained from an authorized hospital and doctor stating that the applicant is not suffering from the following diseases:
- Venereal Diseases
- Hepatitis B
- And other contagious diseases
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Note, if traveling via private charter the charter's manifest should suffice itself and provide all authentic documents for travelling from Namibia.
Applicants Under 18yrs need to check with their guardians to proceed with the registration and application of the visa.
One should keep in mind that even if they are submitting their documents to the embassy along with their family members, the embassy and consulate will treat them as individual applications.
Applicant must submit one completed visa application. Applications should be printed single-sided and signed/printed in blue or black ink only.
Select your specialized Visa Service and you’re good to go.
The cost of the visa on arrival is N$1200 or about USD 81, depending on the exchange rate. Please note that the payment must be done in Namibia before you travel.
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Important points to be noted in terms of the ongoing Corona Virus:
One needs to plan for COVID-19 Restrictions as of January 26, 2021, all airline passengers must display a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovering from COVID-19 when returning to the United States. Your test must be within three days of your flight, or your document/proof of recovering from COVID-19 must be within the last 90 days. Your airline will not let you return to your home country if you do not have a negative test result or proof of recovery.
Kindly note that the visa on arrival for selected countries is meant for tourists and visitors only. For any other purpose, you need to submit your application with all relevant documentation to the relevant office.