Suriname (formerly Dutch Guiana) is situated on the north-central coast of South America with a land area of 163,000 sq. kms. The land varies from swampy coastal lowlands in the north, through grassy undulating interior plains to the forest-clad interior highlands. Seven principal rivers cross the country and 97% of the country is forested.

The climate is equatorial with uniformly high temperatures all year round with abundant rainfall. Wet season mainly April to August and November to February. There is no clearly defined dry season.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

The hot and tropical climate of Suriname can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on entry and return to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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