CARIFESTA XI -Travel Guide

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Details for persons who are interested in attending the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA) scheduled for Suriname from 16-25 August 2013 under the theme “CULTURE FOR DEVELOPMENT, Celebrating our Diversity and Promoting the Central Role of Culture in Economic, Social and Human Development”

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CARIFESTA XI -Travel Guide

  1. 1. CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) SECRETARIAT TRAVEL GUIDE CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL OF ARTS Guyana to Suriname 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname THIS IS AN INFORMATION SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) SECRETARIAT www.caricom.org
  2. 2. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 1 CARICOMCARICOM TRAVEL GUIDE Guyana to Suriname TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS PASSPORT Persons travelling to Suriname should have in their possession a travel document or passport that is valid for 6 months from the date of intended travel. The following matrix lists a number of countries (CARICOM Member and Associate Member States are highlighted in blue) and specific notes regarding visa to enter Suriname: MEMBER STATE/COUNTRY COMMENTS Antigua & Barbuda no visa required Argentina no visa required Anguilla no visa required Aruba visa required for stay longer than 90 days Bahamas visa required for stay longer than 90 days Barbados no visa required Belize no visa required Bermuda no visa required Bonaire no visa required Brazil no visa required British Virgin Islands no visa required Cayman Islands no visa required Chile only for bearers of Service , Diplomatic and Official passports Colombia only for bearers of Service , Diplomatic and Official passports
  3. 3. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 2 CARICOMCARICOM MEMBER STATE/COUNTRY COMMENTS Costa Rica only for bearers of Service , Diplomatic passports Cuba only for bearers of Service , Diplomatic and Official passports Curaçao no visa required Dominica no visa required Ecuador no visa required Gambia no visa required Grenada no visa required Guyana no visa required Haiti only for bearers of Service , Diplomatic and Official passports. (Special arrangements will be made, through the ministries, for persons travelling to Suriname for CARIFESTA XI). Hong Kong only for bearers of passports issued by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China Indonesia only for bearers of Service , Diplomatic and Official passports Israel no visa required Jamaica no visa required Japan no visa for vacation Malaysia period of stay not longer than 30 days no visa Montserrat no visa required Netherlands Antilles only for residents with a Dutch passport Philippines no visa required Saba no visa required Singapore period of stay not longer than 30 days no visa South Korea period of stay not longer than 30 days no visa St Lucia no visa required St Vincent & Grenadines no visa required
  4. 4. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 3 CARICOMCARICOM MEMBER STATE/COUNTRY COMMENTS St. Kitts and Nevis no visa required Trinidad and Tobago no visa required Turks and Caicos Islands no visa required Venezuela only for bearers of Diplomatic passports
  5. 5. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 4 CARICOMCARICOM VISA REQUIREMENTS  Valid Passport must be submitted  Passport must be signed and valid for 6 months from the date of intended travel  Copy of itinerary and/or round trip ticket  One completed Application form  Business Letter for business visa  One (1) recent passport photo  For children below 18 years of age:  The followings documents are required to support the visa application of a child to enter Suriname:  Birth Certificate showing the names of both parents;  Photocopy of legal documents pertaining to custody, where, when, if applicable;  Legalized letter of consent:  If child is travelling with one parent, the letter of consent authorizing travel must be legalized by the other parent;  If child is travelling alone or without either parent, a notarized letter of consent from both parents permitting travel;  Death Certificate, in case one or both parents are deceased.  Application Forms: The Application Forms can be downloaded from the Embassy’s website: www.surinameembassy.org.
  6. 6. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 5 CARICOMCARICOM VISA FEES US Passport Holders  Tourist Visa up to 5 (five) years Multiple Entries: US$100.00  Business Visa up to 5 (five) years Multiple Entries: US$100.00  Official/Service Visa – Gratis (free)  Diplomatic Visa – Gratis (free) NON-US PASSPORT HOLDERS FROM COUNTRIES FOR WHOM A VISA IS REQUIRED: Effective Immediately Tourist visa:  2 months (Multiple Entries) US$ 45.00  12 months (Multiple Entries) US$ 210.00 Form of Payment for Visa: CASH ONLY. No Hundred Dollar Bills accepted ONLY 50s, 20s, 10s, 5s dollar bills will be accepted. Processing: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 -11:00am. Visa could be processed in one day. Pick up is usually at 3:00pm. Where to go to apply: EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SURINAME 171 Peter Rose Street Queenstown Georgetown Guyana Tel. No.: 226-7844/2252631/225-2846 Fax No: 225-0759 Email: surnmemb@gol.net.gy
  7. 7. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 6 CARICOMCARICOM TOURIST CARD As of 25 November 2011, nationals of the following countries who are travelling to Suriname for vacation are eligible to purchase a Tourist Card or apply for a visa:
  8. 8. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 7 CARICOMCARICOM The Tourist Card is a short term, single entry and expires after 90 days. It must be purchased from the Embassy of the Republic of Suriname before the intended travel to Suriname since it is not guaranteed that an officer will be on duty at the given time to issue one in Suriname at the J. A. Pengel Airport (or Zanderij International Airport). TOURIST CARD REQUIREMENTS: 1. Cash in the amount of US$25.00 2. Physical Passport valid for 6 months from date of entry and computer generated itinerary and/or copy of return ticket 3. No personal cheque will be accepted For some other reasons than vacation, persons who would like to visit Suriname on business, attend conferences, training and the like, will be required to apply for a business visa prior to arrival in Suriname and must fulfil the business visa requirements.
  9. 9. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 8 CARICOMCARICOM TRAVEL BY AIR FLIGHTS VIA ZORG & HOOP AND OGLE AIRPORTS
  10. 10. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 9 CARICOMCARICOM SURINAME AIRWAYS FLIGHT INFORMATION VIA GUYANA TO SURINAME (TIHMERI/J. A. PENGEL (ZANDERIJ) DAY DEPART ARRIVE FLIGHT NO. SPECIAL INFO Tuesday 20:45 22:30 PY 422 SCHEDULE VALID FROM 1 JULY 2013 UNTIL 27 OCTOBER 2013 Wednesday 04:00 05:45 PY 422 * VALID FROM 25 MARCH 2013 UNTIL 1 JULY 2013 Saturday 22:30 00:15 Next day PY 422 * VALID UNTIL 1 JULY 2013 SCHEDULE CHANGE FROM 1 JULY 2013 UNTIL 27 OCTOBER 2013: DEPARTURE GEORGETOWN 21:45 HR ARRIVAL PARAMARIBO 23:30 HR VIA SURINAME TO GUYANA (J. A. PENGEL (ZANDERIJ) /TIHMERI) DAY DEPART ARRIVE FLIGHT NO. SPECIAL INFO Tuesday 16:00 15:45 PY 421 *VALID UNTIL 30 JUNE 2013 SCHEDULE CHANGE FROM 1 JULY 2013 UNTIL 27 OCTOBER 2013 DEPARTURE PARAMARIBO 10:00 HR ARRIVAL GEORGETOWN 09:45 HR Saturday 10:00 09:45 PY 421
  11. 11. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 10 CARICOMCARICOM VIA TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TO SURINAME (TIHMERI/ PIARCO /J. A. PENGEL or ZANDERIJ) DAY DEPART ARRIVE FLIGHT NO. SPECIAL INFO Tuesday 12:15 14:45 PY 730 * VALID UNTIL JUNE 30, 2013 SCHEDULE CHANGE FROM JULY 01, 2013 UNTIL OCT 27, 2013 DEPARTURE PORT OF SPAIN 21:45 HR ARRIVAL PARAMARIBO 00:15 HR (NEXT DAY) Thursday 22:15 01:45 Next day PY 730 SAME AS ABOVE Sunday 16:00 18:30 PY 730 VIA SURINAME TO TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (J. A. PENGEL or ZANDERIJ/PIARCO/TIHMERI) DAY DEPART ARRIVE FLIGHT NO. SPECIAL INFO Tuesday 06:15 06:45 PY 729 Thursday 16:15 19:45 PY 729 SCHEDULE CHANGE FROM 1 JULY 2013 UNTIL 27 OCTOBER 2013 DEPARTURE PARAMARIBO 06:00 HR ARRIVAL PORT OF SPAIN 06:45 HR Sunday 10:00 10:30 PY 729 SCHEDULE CHANGE * SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER 2012 NO FLIGHT SCHEDULED Contact Suriname Airways for further information at Tel. No.: 592-225- 4249 or Website: http://www.flyslm.com/.
  12. 12. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 11 CARICOMCARICOM CARIBBEAN AIRLINES FLIGHT INFORMATION: Port-of-Spain - Paramaribo Route There are flights every day from Trinidad and Tobago to Guyana except Tuesdays, with connections to Suriname. The first one leaves Guyana at 5:35am and the last at 2:50pm. Flights can be booked through a travel agency (see list of travel agencies on the following page), based on the schedule below: DAY FLIGHT DEP POS ARR PBM FLIGHT DEP PBM ARR POS SUNDAY BW 883 10:35PM 1:05AM BW 884 6:15AM 6:45AM MONDAY BW 884 6:15AM 6:45AM TUESDAY WEDNESDAY BW 883 10:35PM 1:05AM THURSDAY BW 884 6:15AM 6:45AM FRIDAY BW 883 10:35PM 1:05AM SATURDAY BW 883 10:35PM 1:05AM BW 884 6:15AM 6:45AM PBM = JOHAN ADOLF PENGEL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- ZANDERIJ- SURINAME POS = PIARCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- TRINIDAD Contact Caribbean Airlines for further information at Tel. No.: 1 800 744 2225, 592-226-1260; Website: www.caribbean-airlines.com.
  13. 13. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 12 CARICOMCARICOM TRAVEL AGENT CONTACT LIST CONNECTIONS 6 Ave of the Republic TRICIA FIEDTKOU - MANAGER 227-2999 661-7404 tricia@connectionsgy.com DALE ANN NIEUENKIRK-TERBORG 227-2832/2810 694-1342 dale@connectionsgy.com MARK CONWAY 227-2832/2810 mark@connectionsgy.com FRANDEC 126 Carmichael St, South Cummingsburg (Cor.Carmichael/Quamina St) KAREN WHITEHEAD - MANAGER 226-3076/0594/3769/ 600-8726 Whitehead.karen@travel.frandec.com RONALD YING 226-3076/0594/3769/ 601-4198 swimkid23@hotmail.com MARGARET DATHORNE 225-2526 651-7305 margaretdathorne@yahoo.com SHIVA DHARRY 226-3076/0594 664-4334 frandectrvl@gmail.com FRIENDS TRAVEL First Floor P&P Insurance Building 35 North Road (Cor. North and King Streets) MONIQUE GONSALVES -MANAGER 225-8537/0456 / 629-6505 friendst@networksgy.com MARILYN HINDS 225-8537/0456 / 619-4499 WORLDPORTS c/o 226 Camp Street North Cummingsburg KAPIL NARRINE (MANAGER) 1-718-883-1066 1-407-654-5412 1-407-690-8368 (cell) worldportstravel@yahoo.com KAMEEL SINGH 592-227-0891 planeadvantage@yahoo.com
  14. 14. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 13 CARICOMCARICOM TRAVEL BY ROAD CANAWAIMA FERRY SERVICE AT MOLESON CREEK Persons travelling to Suriname via Road will have to drive to Moleson Creek to access the Canawaima Ferry to cross over to Suriname. Moleson Creek is a community on the Corentyne River in the East Berbice-Corentyne region of Guyana, located at 5°30′0″N 57°15′0″W / 5.50000°N 57.25000°W / 5.50000; -57.25000. It is north of Orealla Mission, 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Corriverton, and approximately 90 km (56 mi) from New Amsterdam. Since 1998, the CANAWAIMA ferry connects Moleson Creek with South Drain in Suriname. This is the only legal connection between the two countries. TRANSPORTATION SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR OVERLAND TRIP TO SURINAME TRANSPORTATION SERVICE PROVIDER CONTACT PERSON TEL. NOS. RETURN FARE: GEORGETOWN/ PARAMARIBO/ GEORGETOWN OTHER DETAILS Suriname Overland Tours Mr. Phillip Gangadeen 592-229-6421 592-616-9523 US$115.00/G$23000 per person Sixty (60) seater air-conditioned bus. The cost per passenger also includes: - Ferry crossing; and - Transportation in Paramaribo. Wilderness Explorers Terry O’Brien 592-227-7698 US$197.00/G$39400 per person Two (2) 40 seater air-conditioned buses available. The cost per passenger also includes transportation in Paramaribo. Wonderland Tours Cleveland Bstian or Alicia Fugueira 592-225-3122 US$100.00/G$20000 per person Sixty (60) seater air-conditioned bus. There is an additional cost for transportation in Paramaribo.
  15. 15. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 14 CARICOMCARICOM IMPORTANT INFORMATION WHILE ON THE ROAD Travel Time Georgetown to Suriname The trip from Georgetown to Moleson Creek is approximately 3 hours. The ferry crossing to Suriname is 30 minutes and about 4 hours drive to Paramaribo. Persons should take into consideration roughly another 2 hours, depending on the number of persons, for customs/immigration checkpoints in Guyana and Suriname. Traffic Behaviour Drive safely Don’t drink (alcohol) and drive Fasten your seatbelts Observe speed limits Be courteous to other road users Watch for animals and children
  16. 16. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 15 CARICOMCARICOM Berbice Bridge Toll Charges
  17. 17. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 16 CARICOMCARICOM Bridge Schedule The Bridge schedule is published daily in the Guyana Chronicle Newspapers and can also be found online under the heading Bridge Watch at http://www.guyanachronicleonline.com/ . Refreshment Stops en Route to Suriname New Amsterdam: - Churches Chicken Tel. No.: 333-4147; Address: 11 Strand and Trinity Streets - Qik Serv Fast Food Tel. No.: 333-3477; Address: 18 Main and Kent Street - Scotia Bank Branch with an ATM machine located at 12 Strand, New Amsterdam, Berbice. Rosehall - Mario’s Pizza and Churches Chicken Tel. No.: 337-4417; Located on the Public Road Corriverton: - Churches Chicken Tel. No. 335-3037; Address: 78 Public Road, Corriverton (Mahogany Hotel building)
  18. 18. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 17 CARICOMCARICOM Port Mourant: - Spready’s Supermarket (also houses a Cafe and Moneygram) Tel. No.: 336-6527 (Opening hours 8:00am-7:00pm) - Spready’s Snackette and Bakery Tel. No.: 336-6618 (Opening hours 6:30am-8:00pm) Moleson Creek Ferry Terminal: - Canteen (Open from 7:00am) - Duty Free shop for persons who would like to purchase items (Open from 8:00am). South Drain Ferry Terminal: - Duty Free shop for persons who would like to purchase items items (Open from 8:00am). Nickerie: o Residence Inn R.P. Bharosstraat 84 Nieuw-Nickerie, SURINAME Telephone: (+597) 210 950 Fax: (+597) 210 954 Email: info@resinn.com Website: www.resinn.com o Shell Service Station/Javanese Warung, located along the right turn of South Drain Road
  19. 19. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 18 CARICOMCARICOM VEHICLES/DRIVERS All drivers should have in their possession the following documents –  Valid License  Vehicle Registration  Road License  Car Fitness Certificate  Suriname Insurance Policy for Vehicle: A one-month Suriname Insurance Policy from any insurance company in Guyana. The duration of the visit would however determine the insurance policy period and the insurance company should therefore advise accordingly.  Authorization from Owner of Vehicle: In cases where the vehicle is not registered in the driver’s name, an authorization should be obtained from the owner and, in addition, should be signed by a Justice of Peace. THE CANAWAIMA FERRY SERVICE AT MOLESON CREEK The Ferry Service operates from Monday to Sunday as follows:  First crossing of the ferry is scheduled to depart at 9:00am every day. Persons should arrive before 8:00am for booking/check-in and processing of documents with the Ferry Service and the Customs/Immigration Unit. All booking/check-in commences at 6:30am and closes at 8:00am for the first crossing.
  20. 20. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 19 CARICOMCARICOM  Second crossing of the ferry is scheduled to depart at 1:00pm every day. Persons should arrive before 12:00pm for booking/check-in and processing of documents with the Ferry Service and the Customs/Immigration Unit. All booking/check-in commences at 10:30am and closes at 12:00pm for the second and last crossing of the day.  Ferry Fares can be paid in Guyana Dollars or Unites States Dollars and is calculated at the current US exchange rate. These are as follows: o Adults - from 12years will be charged US$15 or G$3,000 o Children – from 3-12 years old will be charged US$10 or G$2,060 o Vehicles are based on weight/class and fares are separate from individual fares. See the matrix on Page 20 for details: ITEMS/GOODS ON VEHICLE Persons transporting items/goods to Suriname should note the following: Requirements for Customs A customs broker should prepare a customs declaration document which should be processed at: Customs and Excise Department 200-201 Camp Street, Georgetown Telephone# (592)227-6060 or 227-8222 The processing fee is G$100.00 and should take about one week or less to complete. The document(s) should be presented to the Customs Office at Moleson Creek. The Brokerage fee is separate to the customs processing fee.
  21. 21. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 20 CARICOMCARICOM Vehicle Fares DESCRIPTION/VEHICLE TYPE FARE Car G$5000 or US$25 Mini Bus (15-Seater) Pick-up/4X4 vehicle Canter (1-2 Tons) G$15,000 or 75US$ Mini Bus (26-Seater) Pick-up/4X4 vehicle Canter (2-3 Tons) G$20,000 or US$100. Truck (3-4.5 Tons) US$105 or G$21000 Truck (4.6-6.5 Tons) US$140 or G$28000 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL: (i) Moleson Creek Customs Unit Tel. No: 592-339-2818 (ii) Moleson Creek Ferry Terminal Tel. No: 592-339 2744 (iii) South Drain Ferry Terminal Tel. No. 597-212-331
  22. 22. 16-25 August 2013 Paramaribo, Suriname 21 CARICOMCARICOM INFORMATION ON CARIFESTA XI – 16 TO 25 AUGUST 2013 - SURINAME Check www.carifesta.net ACCOMMODATION IN PARAMARIBO Check www.carifesta.net/accommodation/ TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN SURINAME Check www.carifesta.net/ tourism-in-suriname/ <<>>

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