Driver’s permit being issued free of cost at the CJIA airport

Honourable Manniram Prashad, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce today (January 27, 2011) unveiled a sign in the arrival hall of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri, on the issuing of driver’s permit for incoming passengers.
Joining Minister Prashad at the simple unveiling ceremony launching a public awareness campaign were Chief Executive Officer of the CJIA, Mr. Ramesh Ghir; Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Mr. Indranauth Haralsingh; and representatives of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA). He said the process is “simple and hassle-free and no cost attached” noting that although it is already enforced, many visitors have been enquiring about obtaining drivers permit at the point of entry.
Minister Prashad said most countries have this facility when you go to rent a car, but there is no official car rental service available at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
He said tourist coming into the country would usually go to GRA office to get a driver’s permit, and people have complained about the long lines and the hassle they have to go through in order to get a permit.
The Minister noted that sometimes people come to the country for just a weekend or a brief visit, hence, this process makes it easier for such visitors.
Explaining the easy procedure, Minister Prashad said that a visitor just has to present his/her driver license from their country of origin; fill out a application form; and depending on the class of vehicle that person is allowed to drive in their country, a permit will be issued for a similar license in Guyana.
He said the permit will be valid for one month and is renewable up to three months.
“This is hassle-free and importantly also, there is no cost for this driver’s permit – this is free…we want to make sure that people come to our beautiful country and from the airport, they can rent a car and explore and enjoy our country,” he said.
He said this is what hassle-free travelling is all about, pointing out that the facility is available around the clock which is unique.
“As a result of this initiative of issuing drivers permit free at the airport on arrival, we expect car rentals to mushroom in this area,” he anticipated urging persons to take up this challenge.
Minister Prashad said the service will also be available at the Ogle International Airport, and are looking at how they can implement this facility at Moleson Creek Crossing and the Takutu Crossing.
He said information regarding the issuing of drivers permit for visitors would be disseminated both locally and internationally including to foreign missions, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, hotels, resorts, tour operators and other stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry, and details can be found on GTA, CJIA, and GRA websites as well.
He said they can expect to see more satisfied visitors coming back to the country as they strive to improve services to visitors coming to ‘Destination Guyana’.

2 Comments:

  1. Free? oh it is so nice. Just like the last sentence, they expect more visitors will come back for visiting.

  2. way to go Minister,now we do need the Rent A Car service at the Airport

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