The Aliens Act 1991 (Vreemdelingenwet 1991) and the Aliens Decree 1995 (Vreemdelingenbesluit 1995) address the terms and conditions of admission to Suriname. This legislation applies to all foreign nationals. A foreign national is defined as anyone not considered Surinamese, under the relevant legislation in this area (Wet op de Nationaliteit en het Ingezetenschap).
As a general rule, all foreign nationals are obliged to apply for a residence permit, unless they qualify as a tourist (see Tourists and visas). In all other cases foreign nationals are obliged to apply for an Authorization for temporary stay (‘Temporary Stay’) or a residence permit (see Foreign nationals).