World Travel Guide > Guides > South America > Surinam

Surinam Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Malaria Sometimes
Hepatitis A Yes
Diphtheria Sometimes
Typhoid Sometimes
Yellow Fever Yes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes

Health Care

Health insurance is strongly recommended. Medical care is limited: there is only one emergency room in Paramaribo and there are few hospitals in outlying areas.

Food and Drink

Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available. Drinking water outside main cities and towns is likely to be contaminated and sterilisation is considered essential. The Melk Centrale (Government Dairy Company) sells pasteurised milk but otherwise milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other Risks

Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water; swimming pools which are well chlorinated and maintained are safe. There is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.


Nationals from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe require a health certificate proving they’re HIV negative. Antiretrovirals can be imported for personal use as long as they have a doctor’s prescription proving the necessity.

A digital image at

Book a Hotel