To enter Suriname thereâs no need for any special kind of vaccination, though some are recommended see below.If you plan a jungle-trip, which is highly recommended, it is possible that you may want to take precautions against malaria, depending on the area you are planning to visit altough since 2005 there have not been any cases of malaria reported in Suriname.Be sure to check with BOG, or your local pharmacist or health clinic what prophylaxe you should take. The bigger threat nowadays comes from dengue, also spread by mosquitos, for which there is no prophylaxe, nor any cure. Travelers diarrhea can also potentially be a problem.
Yellow fever vaccination is recommended. Required to get into Brazil afterwards!Tetanus-diphtheria vaccination is recommended.Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended.
The Adult HIV/AIDS prevalence is reaching 2% or 1 in 50 adults, which is 3 times higher than the US and 9 times higher than the Netherlands. Be sure to practice safe sex.
If you are concerned about safety try to avoid venturing at night alone. Try using a bike when possible. When in Paramaribo at night, avoid the Palm Garden as this is a well known crime site where much drug trade is done. The police force is only so large and can only protect you to a certain extent. Therefore, stay where you know police protection is offered. So please, use common sense when venturing outside downtown, which in itself can have problems. Do NOT venture to the bush binnenland alone.
Be respectful when taking photographs. Like everywhere else, one should respect the environment and the culture. For example the inland-people consider certain trees and spots holy and it is likely you need consent before taking a photograph. Your local guide will usually also indicate so. Ask for consent when you think it is appropriate as you would anywhere else.
LanguagesDutch official, English widely spoken, Sranang Tongo Surinamese, sometimes referred to as Taki-Taki in French Guiana, is the native language of Creoles and much of the younger population. It is used as a lingua franca between different ethnic groups, Sarnami a dialect of Hindi, Javanese, Chinese Mandarin, Hakka and Cantonese and Portuguese
Sranang Tongo was suppressed by the Dutch for many years but it is now the most widely used language in Suriname. It was previously called nengre or negerengels Dutch, "Negro English". Suriname has a large immigrant population, many of whom do not speak Dutch or English but everyone is expected to know Sranang Tongo. There is very little written material in Srannang Tongo but, if you know English, it will not be hard to learn.