The Zika virus is present in Suriname and pregnant women should exercise caution when traveling here, particularly on any trip to the interior. Typhoid and chloroquine-resistant malaria are present in the interior, as are dengue fever and chikungunya. All of these are best avoided by covering your skin and using repellent to avoid mosquito bites.
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Before You Go
A yellow-fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers arriving in Suriname. Have it with you in your hand luggage for presentation at the airport or border post.
Other recommended vaccinations include DTP (diphtheria, typhoid and polio), and hepatitis A and B. Travelers planning to spend a lot of time in the interior or with mammals should also consider a rabies vaccine.
You should take out health insurance covering medical expenses valid in Suriname before you travel. You will not be asked for evidence of it on arrival, however.
Availability & Cost of Health Care
Paramaribo has excellent health care, with modern hospitals, well-stocked pharmacies and private clinics. Health care is harder to find elsewhere along the coast and virtually nonexistent in the interior. Treatment is generally inexpensive by international standards, although prices rise sharply in private facilities.
Tap water is safe to drink in Paramaribo but not elsewhere.