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06BRIDGETOWN1019
2006-06-14 15:58:00
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Embassy Bridgetown
Cable title:  

COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO FRIEND FOR

Tags:   MARR  ASEC  SNAR  KRIM  OTRA  BB  XL 
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RR RUEHWEB

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 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

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:

Security


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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.

Health information


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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.

GILROY