Suriname adopts new measures for Dutch travelers – Suriname Herald


Due to the increase in COVID-19 infections in the Netherlands, the Surinamese government is forced to reintroduce the abolished quarantine policy for this group of travelers. Persons boarding the plane to come to Suriname must be able to provide a negative PCR test of no less than 48 hours. In addition, they must be able to show that they will be quarantined for ten days at their own expense.

Representatives of the Ministries of Health and Transport, Communication and Tourism (TCT) have already held talks with the tourism organization SHATA, which has produced a list of apartments that people from the Netherlands can use at their own expense.

The list of apartments will be updated next week, Health Minister Amar Ramadhin claims. A grace period will be inserted for this week, because it is an emergency measure. Nevertheless, the minister advises visitors who come to Suriname this week to go into quarantine themselves, as they are aware that they are coming from a high-risk area. These people are required to provide a place to stay, because the Public Health Service (BOG) or one of the other authorities must be able to look up these people if necessary.

Ramadhin made it clear that this method is only valid for this week. Persons planning to enter the country from next Monday onwards must provide their negative test results and proof of their quarantine sites. For residents who have their own quarantine facilities, the government is looking at a modality to use their own space. This is to avoid incurring costs for them, says Ramadhin.

The minister also indicated that the government does not want to pay for quarantine and medical costs of tourists. Tourists must now take out insurance. If not, they will have to sign a statement that they will bear the costs if they need to be treated for COVID-19 in the country.

According to Ramadhin, Suriname is currently in a certain situation, which means that the state cannot pay for these costs. With this, the government wants to guarantee society that they can be assured that the state is committed to the safety and protection of citizens.

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