Foreigners with a visa requirement (with exception of those of Surinamese origin), who intend to stay in the Republic of Suriname for a period of longer than 90 days, should apply for an Authorization for Temporary Stay ("MKV = Machtiging Kort Verblijf") 3 months before the intended departure date to Suriname.
To apply for a "MKV" one needs:
a) A completed form (download here)
b) documents as listed below (If documents are written in a language other than Dutch or English, an official translation must be enclosed)
c) payment of administration fee
The "MKV" is not meant for people of Surinamese origin, returning to Suriname (remigration). (www.vz2.juspol.gov.sr)
To be submitted for a temporary residence permit for Suriname:
How to submit your "MKV" application
You may submit your "MKV" application at the office of the Visa Department from Monday - Friday (closed on Wednesday) between 09.00 - 14.00 hours or send it in by mail it to our address: De Cuserstraat 11, 1081 CK, Amsterdam
Your "MKV" application package has to be submitted in duplicate. One original (complete) and one copy.
An administration fee of 10 euros can be paid in cash or can be transferred to:
The Consulate General of the Republic of Suriname
ABN/AMRO Bank, Gelderlandplein
Account number: 126.96.36.1992
BIC code: ABNANL2A
IBAN code: NL47ABNA0549316922
If payment is done in cash, you will receive a receipt. After your "MKV" application has been submitted and forwarded to the competent authorities in Suriname, you will receive through mail, a letter of confirming the receipt of your application and informing you of your reference (file) number.
The reference numbers of the approved "MKV" applications will be published on our website.
You will be able to check (after a period of 3 months) if your application has been approved.
If your application was not approved, you will be informed by letter.
Your application has been approved.
You now can apply for a "KV" = Short stay visa, to enter Suriname. This visa is only meant to enter Suriname and is valid for 60 days.
For the visa application, follow procedures for tourist visa, but be sure to write your reference number at the top of the form. The visa fee = 40 euro.
Together with your visa you will receive a note from the Consulate informing you that you have to register with the Ministry of Justice and Police in Suriname, within two (2) weeks of your arrival in Suriname.
You will have to go through final formalities with the Department for Registration of Foreigners in Paramaribo before you receive the final stamps for an Authorization for Temporary Stay ("MKV").
Your passport has to be valid at least six (6) months when entering Suriname. It is also necessary to have at least 1 blank page (back and front).
An amount of US$ 150 (or equivalent in Surinamese currency) has to be paid at the Central Bank of Suriname to finalize your "MKV".
Certificate of Good Conduct
If necessary, the Consulate General can issue a letter stating that you need a "Certificate of Good Conduct" to apply for a "MKV".
To be send to the Consulate for this purpose: a copy of one's passport and a prepaid, self addressed envelope.
A foreigner who has submitted a "MKV" application, will not be eligle for a visa (neither Tourist nor Business visa) to enter Suriname pending the "MKV" process (3 months).
Please note that it is not possible to enter with a Tourist card to finalize an "MKV" - Authorization for Temporary Stay in Suriname.
You are advised not to purchase a non-refundable ticket, until your application has been approved.