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Your guide to living and working in Suriname. Suriname visas, citizenship and more.
What is it like living in Suriname?
Suriname is a country on the North Eastern coast of South America. It is bordered by Brazil, Guyana and French Guiana and is well known for its amazing biodiversity of the rainforests that cover much of the country. In fact 30% of the country is protected by law as a reserve. Think beautiful waterfalls, rivers, rainforest and animals, birds and creatures that you have never seen before!
Suriname is a former Dutch colony and many of its citizens had Dutch citizenship. After independence however those that acquired citizenship of Suriname have lost citizenship of the Netherlands.
As a visitor to the Suriname there are over 28 countries that do not need visas to enter the country and then a huge number who will have to get a visa on arrival. Check here for your requirements.
Suriname Long Stay Visa (MKV)
If you wish to stay longer than 90 days, you need to apply for an MKV Visa. You need to apply for this from outside of Suriname and at least 3 months before you intend on landing in Suriname. Further information can be found here.
Suriname Short Term Tourist visa
To find out if you need a tourist visa to visit Suriname, please use this tool ->>
Citizenship by Descent
If one or both of your parents were citizens of Suriname when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
Citizenship by Birth
If you were born in Suriname and lived in Suriname at the time of independence of the country in 1975, then you are probably a citizen.
Citizenship by Naturalisation
If your spouse is a citizen of Suriname, you can apply for citizenship after being married for 3 years and resident for 2 years. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
Otherwise if you have been resident in Suriname for 5 years you can apply to become a naturalised citizen.
Note that dual nationality is NOT allowed in Suriname.
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