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Suriname: Banks closed during total lockdown

Banks affiliated with the Surinamese Banking Association are closed during the total lockdown. The financial institutions decided to adjust their services after Vice President Ashwin Adhin announced in a television speech that a full lockdown will be in effect from 6:00 PM on Thursday evening to June 12 at 6:00 AM.

Although the doors are closed, according to the SBV, the local SRD interbank payments will continue to progress normally during that period. Citizens who need to make international payments are advised to contact their home bank, as not every bank will offer this service.

There is also a limitation with the ATMs. It was decided to supplement only the ATMs at the bank head offices. It is stated that the daily withdrawal limit of the ATM is temporarily adjusted to SRD 1,000, but that clients can also inquire with their bank about the current withdrawal limits.

Citizens are asked to pay with a debit card as much as possible. “It is more efficient, safer and more hygienic than paying with cash,” it underlines. “We advise you to use the free digital payment solutions as much as possible, such as online and mobile banking, wallets and POS,” says the SBV.

The umbrella structure leaves room for essential service providers to make large cash deposits by appointment at the head offices and in the Nickerie district. This is only possible between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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