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Unconventional Gas Fracturing: Integrating Disciplines to Develop Regional Best Practices

25 – 27 November 2013

Limassol, Cyprus | Le Meridian Resort & Spa

About Limassol

Limassol’s skyline has left behind very little historical evidence to give way to a cosmopolitan appearance. However, the protected ancient monuments hand over a rich trail of artifacts and mythical stories. Limassol Castle, Amathus Ruins, and Mosque of Djami Kebir are a few of the beautiful sights worth capturing on the lens.

Getting Around

Getting around in Limassol is relatively easy since it is a small city with four main roads running parallel to each other from west to east. Going around the city in a rented car is possible but tourists are advised to make use of Limassol’s array of public transportation options. EAL Bus Company, Peal Troodos, Digenis Caves and Akis Express taxis will transport you no matter your destination.

Bus System

Limassol is centrally located with other cities and town situated short distances away. It is recommended for tourists to take Inter-Urban bus services for visiting major towns, rural buses for nearby villages, and urban buses that run within tourist areas and towns. Buses operate frequently during the day on extended routes and until late evenings during the summer. International tourists can also avail the scheduled bus services at the Larnaca airport that arranges for tourist transfer to and from the airport.

Taxis

Flagging a taxi in Limassol is fairly easy since they are widely used in tourist neighbourhoods, hotels and airports. Inter-City taxi service, which are 4–8 seated shared minibuses are hired to visit major towns. These taxis, which run every half hour from Monday to Friday: 0600 to 1800 hours, Saturday and Sunday: 0700 to 1700 hours, operate at a fixed rate. If you wish to travel in style, limousine service is also available on hire.

Car Rental

In the past, driving a car around Limassol was a frustrating experience, particularly in the tourist areas and old town. However, with the introduction of the highway bridges, traffic jams have been kept to the minimum, a definite respite for tourists.

Driving in Limassol is akin to UK that follows left hand side of the road. Depending on your budget and family requirements, take the time necessary to select the choicest car. Decide whether you want the comfort of an air-conditioned car or a breath of fresh air that only a convertible can give.

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa, and India will assist in providing a visa invitation letter ONLY, upon request in writing, to confirmed registrants after receiving full payment of registration fees. Visa invitation letters take five days to issue from the date of request and it is the delegate's responsibility to obtain their own visa.

SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained. For more information on visa process and requirements, please visit the link: www.cyprusvisa.eu

Visa Requirements*: Attendees are Responsible to Process their Visa

A visa is required by some nationals for the duration of intended stay in the Republic of Cyprus for different reasons such as tourism, business, education, employment, or residence. Cyprus visa is required for all nationals except the nationals from the following countries:

  1. Nationals of Britain, Australia, Canada, USA, Other EU, Japan for a stay of up to 90 days.
  2. Nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Korea (Rep), Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela, and Special Administrative Regions of the Peoples’ Republic of China: Hong Kong and Macao for a stay of up to 90 days.
  3. Transit passengers continuing their onward journey by the same or first connecting aircraft within 24 hours must hold valid onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.

Types of Visas

Short-Stay Visas: It includes travel visa and multi-entry visa. Both visas are valid for a stay up to 90 days only. But for multi-entry visa for business etc., the total duration of the visits should not exceed three months in any half of a year from the date of the first entry.

Long-Stay Visas: For a stay more than 90 days, all nationals require long-stay visa. It includes Cyprus residence visa, work permit visa and student visa.

Transit Visas: Passengers travelling from one country to another country and passing through the territory of the Republic of Cyprus might need a Transit Visa. This type of visa can be exceptionally issued for several transits but the duration of each transit case should not exceed five days.

Airport Transit Visa (ATV): Passengers continuing their onward journey by the same or first connecting aircraft without actually entering the national territory of Cyprus during a stopover or transfer between two stages of an international flight might need an Airport transit visa.

Group Visas: It is one type of the transit visas, which is limited to a maximum of thirty days. Group visas can be issued to groups of between 5 and 50 people. The person in charge of the group should have an individual passport and, where necessary, an individual visa.

Application Requirements

  1. Original passport with at least 6 months validity.
  2. One completed application form.
  3. One passport-size photo
  4. Confirmed return/onward ticket and evidence of hotel reservation.
  5. Proof of sufficient funds for duration of stay
  6. Fee payable by cash or postal order only
  7. For business trips, a letter of invitation from a company with details.
  8. For students, a letter from the applicant's place of education.

The time required to issue visa may vary according to visa required and nationality of applicant. Mostly applications are processed within 24 hours but sometimes it may take 2 weeks to get referred by Cyprus.

Limassol is well connected by all commonly used means of communications. Coin, outdoor card phone, and indoor card operated phone telephone booths are found at various central locations in the city. The call direct service is extremely useful for tourists who want to contact their friends and relatives in EU countries as well as Australia, USA, and Canada.

Most international mobile phone companies exist in Cyprus such as Cyta-Vodafone (PrimeTel Mobile). Handsets operating on the frequency band GSM 900/1800; UMTS 2100 are functional in Cyprus. It would be economically viable if one purchases a SIM card in Cyprus since incoming calls are free and outgoing calls are charged as per local rate.

The postal system in Cyprus is operated by Cyprus postal services. Various services are offered by the postal system including personalised stamps, sending letters and parcels, recorded delivery and mail forwarding. To avail these facilities, the post office remains open from 7:00 to 13:30.

Internet service is furnished by multiple service providers, the main ones being Cytanet, Cablenet, PrimeTel and Valicom. With ASDL technology, it is possible to achieve a speed up to 8Mbps at internet cafes and in hotel rooms.

*Source: www.limassol.com