+597 Photography

+597 Photography is the first online art gallery focused solely on photography of and by artists from Suriname. We offer you the possibility to buy these quality artworks online and have these delivered to your house or office.

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Tourism all over the world has been seriously affected by the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Travelling to Suriname was not even possible due to closed borders. But since the Covid situation is under control for some time now, the borders are partially open again. Good news for all my friends and family who are in the colder parts of this world. Longing for that typical Suriname hospitality, warmth and family feeling.

Strict rules for travelling to Suriname

But Suriname is being very strict with their rules. Besides a negative RT PCR test – not older than 72-102 hours before departure – you also need a confirmed accommodation booking of at least 7 days at a registered “quarantaine” hotel. For a list of registered hotels, please see the BOG Suriname website. Hotels will provide transportation to the accommodation, with costs borne by the traveler. If you are a non-resident you must also submit evidence of travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage. Without these three requirements, the airline will not allow a passenger to board a flight to Suriname. And of course, you will still need a Tourist Visa, which you can get through this website.


So although I would love to have my friends and family over to celebrate the holidays with, I don’t think many of them would make the trip, only to be stuck in a 7 day quarantaine. Also I can not imagine how December celebrations will look like during this pandemic, with a curfew that starts at 11pm and parties still not allowed. I guess we will just have to wait and see and as always make the best of this situation.

In the meantime we at 597 Photography will make sure to post lots of Suriname pictures to get you that warm Suriname feeling virtually. Stay updated through our Facebook, Instagram and/or Linkedin page. Wishing all of you, wherever you are, a safe and Merry Christmas.


Lights | Photo: Dion C. Howard