DE RUEHWN #1019 1651558
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 141558Z JUN 06
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2704
RHMFIUU/DIR TCSC FORT BELVOIR VA
RUEHMI/USOFFICE FRC FT LAUDERDALE 1919
UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 001019
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: MARR ASEC SNAR KRIM OTRA BB XL SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO FRIEND FOR TRAVEL TO BARBADOS
REF: 132005Z JUN 06
1. Embassy Bridgetown grants country clearance to Michael N. Friend to travel to Barbados June 19 - June 22, 2006. The purpose of this mission is to perform ADPE maintenance and upgrades to the TCSC server.
2. Embassy assistance is not required. Point of contact is CDR P. Kofi Aboagye, Chief, Military Liaison Office, (246) 436-4950, ext 2300.
3. Unfortunately, post's resources do not allow us the flexibility to meet and assist visitors at the airport. The taxi rate from the airport to the hotel is approximately BDS$30.00 (USD$15.00). The exchange rate is a constant $2.00 Barbados Dollars (BDS) to $1 U.S. Dollar. You should bring enough U.S. Dollar bills to pay the taxi. U.S. currency, travelers' checks, and credit cards are routinely and widely accepted here.
4. Entry requirements: A valid U.S passport is required to enter Barbados. No visa is required if your stay is under six months, including those travelers arriving with diplomatic or official passports. For further information, travelers may contact the Embassy of Barbados, 2144 Wyoming Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone 202) 939-9200.
5. Departure tax for Barbados $25.00 BDS or $12.50 USD.
6. The following is general information pertaining to security and health considerations throughout the Eastern Caribbean:
In the Eastern Caribbean, foot travel outside of well-established tourist areas is not generally recommended, especially at night. Be vigilant when using public telephones or ATM facilities near roadsides or quiet areas. As in many U.S. metropolitan areas, wearing expensive jewelry, carrying expensive objects, or carrying large amounts of cash should be avoided. Visitors should also safeguard valuables while at the beach. While hotels are generally safe, many visitors have experienced loss of unattended items. Hotel burglaries are not uncommon and all valuables should be locked in room safes if possible.
Throughout the Eastern Caribbean, the most likely threat to a visitor's health is sunburn. It takes several weeks to become accustomed to the heat and humidity. Prolonged exposure to the sun, without protection, causes sunburn, and may ultimately result in sun-damaged skin or even skin cancer. Sunscreens should be used for protection. In Barbados, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent, the major health threat is dengue fever, transmitted by the aedes aegypti mosquito. Dengue cases are most often seen in the summer months. Persons should therefore protect themselves with insect repellent. There is also a growing number of HIV/AIDS cases reported. The Eastern Caribbean enjoys clean and safe drinking water. Only routine boosters for immunizations (i.e. tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and oral polio vaccine) are required when traveling to this region. Barbados has the best medical facilities of all the islands in the region and most of the medical specialties have practitioners here.