A. What are the differences between the Tourist card and a visa?
The Tourist card can only be used for 1 (one) entry. The Tourist card is a single card. No application form or picture is required. For the procedure and conditions go to "E".
Note: The Tourist card is solely intended for the purpose of tourism
B. Is a visa no longer needed (abolished) with the introduction of the Tourist card?
Not exactly, the visa requirement has not been lifted. The entry has been facilitated for the nationals as mentioned in D
C. Can I still apply for a tourist visa for 2 months, three (3) year visa or a business visa?
Yes, you can still apply for a visa. The visa will be placed in your passport. In the Netherlands, it can only be obtained at the Consulate in Amsterdam.
Note: the visa application procedure and visa fees remain unchanged (link to info visa )
D.Who qualifies for the Tourist card?
As of 1 March, 2016,
Source:S.B. 2013 no. 40 - Beschikking van de Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken van de Republiek Suriname 14 februari 2013 no. 1762, inzake nadere wijziging op de Visuminstructie 1983 (S.B. 1983 no. 68, zoals laatstelijk gewijzigd bij S.B. 2012 no. 39)
Persons of non Surinamese origin holding a passport of a country different than the ones mentioned above, who are in the possession of a valid Dutch residence permit (long-term stay) in the Netherlands do not qualify for the Tourist card. A visa may be applied for (link to info visa)
E. What do I need to purchase a Tourist card?
You may purchase the tourist card as soon as you have your flight tickets. It can be obtained well in advance.
To obtain the Tourist card, you need to submit
F. Where can I obtain the Tourist card?
The Tourist card can be obtained at the following locations, namely:
G. How much does the Tourist card cost?
The costs for the Tourist card are (as of 15 March, 2018) 35 euro in Europe (elsewhere also 40US$)
H. Can a family member or friend buy the Tourist card for me?
Yes, it is possible providing that the following is submitted
- your valid passport
- a return flight ticket in your name
- other additional documents which may be required (see G.)
Travel agents and tour operators registrered with the Consulate in Amsterdam may purchase the tourist card at the Consulate of Suriname in Amsterdam on behalf of their clients (as of 1 September, 2015).
The Tourist card cannot be obtained by the individual visitor through (registered)mail/post.
I. What is the validity of the Tourist card and can I use it for multiple entries?
The Tourist card is valid for 1 (one) entry. After arrival the card is no longer valid. A (maximum) stay will be permitted in Suriname.
For a next entry into Suriname, one needs to obtain a new Tourist card. The requirements as mentioned above are applicable.
J. How long can I stay in Suriname with a Tourist card?
Persons of Surinamese origin will be permitted a stay of max. 6 (six) months.
Foreigners of non-Surinamese origin are allowed to stay in Suriname for a max of 90* (ninety) days. Upon arrival the Immigration will place a stamp for a Short stay of 30 days. If the visitor wishes to stay in Suriname longer than 30 days, he/she has to report to the Immigration Dept. (Ministry of Justice and Police) with passport and ticket for an extension of the period of stay (to a max. of 90 days).
K. Can I buy 2 (two) cards at once for a second entry?
No, it is not possible to buy more than one Tourist card per person.
L. Is there something special needed to purchase a Tourist card for my child(ren).
Yes, (see G. above) for each child (minor up to 17 years) a Tourist card can be bought with the passport, the return flight ticket and the required documents proving parenthood/legal guardianship.
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