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Travel information

Festival Site

The festival will be held at the Second Kadampa World Peace Temple at KMC New York - located two hours from New York City.

Are visas required to enter the United States?

Information on entry and visa requirements to the US can be found on this US government website. Most people traveling for the festival  would be entering the US on a tourism (B2) visa. People from certain countries can attain a visa waiver. Please check here for more information on visa waivers. Please also check the minimum passport validity period. It is your responsibility to check and comply with entry requirements.

Are there Covid travel regulations to enter the United States?

Please note that the United States currently requires non-US citizens to be fully vaccinated to enter the United States. This government page gives info about the requirements generally and this page has more info about proof of vaccination requirements. Again, it is your responsibility to check your eligibility.

You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any losses in the event of being unable to travel to and attend the festival for any reason, but in particular in case of Covid-19.

Nearest Airports

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): is connected worldwide and to domestic flights through most major airlines and their partners. Newark connects to New Jersey Transit rail service which will take you to Port Jervis, which is the closest train stop to KMC New York.

John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK): has regular direct flights from around the world and is connected worldwide and domestically through most major airlines and their partners. JFK is connected by public transport to both New York City and to get to KMC New York.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA): is a large domestic airport. LaGuardia is connected by public transport to both New York City and to get to KMC New York.

New York Stewart International Airport (SWF): is a small airport in Newburgh, NY (1.15 hours from KMC NY) that offers budget international flights via Play airlines. Check renting a car if you fly into Stewart, or you can take a ride-share service or cab to catch the New Jersey Transit train from Salisbury Mills-Cornwall station to Port Jervis, which is the closest train stop to KMC New York.

Festival Airport Shuttles

The Festival will organize transfers from Newark and JFK on Friday, October 14, and return shuttles on Thursday, October 20. These may be added to your Festival booking either when making the initial booking or added later via your booking cart.

Friday, October 14:

Newark: 11:00am, 2:00pm
JFK: 11:00am, 2:00pm

Thursday, October 20: Newark and JFK shuttles all depart at 1:30pm.

All airport transfers are offered subject to demand. Please book early so we can reserve the necessary coaches. Should it be necessary to cancel a specific coach due to lack of demand, we will do so with enough notice for you to make alternative arrangements and will refund any money paid for the cancelled shuttle in full.

Public Transport from New York City

New Jersey Transit Rail Service: Check their website for schedules.

NJ Transit provides direct service from Newark Liberty International Airport into New York City or to Port Jervis or Middletown stations.

If you fly into JFK or LaGuardia, you can take the subway, bus or taxi/ride-share to Penn Station, and then take NJ Transit rail service from New York Penn Station station to Port Jervis or Middletown stations.

Coach USA Bus Service: Check their website for schedules. Coach USA offers bus service from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to Middletown, NY, Port Jervis, NY, Matamoras, PA (drops off at the Best Western), and Monticello, NY.

If you fly into JFK, LaGuardia or Newark, you can take subway, bus or taxi/ride-share to the Port Authority bus terminal.

Festival Daily Shuttles to/from KMC New York

Please note, there is no public transport around KMC New York, and ride share services are limited in the area. Limited taxis are available in each town.

The Festival will organize morning and evening shuttles to/from the Best Western and Hampton Inn in Matamoras, PA (about 30 minutes) and to/from the Best Western and Hampton Inn in Monticello, NY (about 35 minutes). The first shuttles will arrive at KMC New York in time for the morning meditation, and a second shuttle option will be scheduled to arrive at the KMC around 10:15am. In the evening, shuttles will leave around dinner time and after the last session.

See Fees page for shuttle costs.

To ensure you are able to arrive at the Festival site in time for the sessions, we request you not to arrive last minute at the off-site shuttle pick-up points.