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06BRIDGETOWN1078
2006-06-22 20:13:00
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Embassy Bridgetown
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COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO RAFFAELE FOR TRAVEL

Tags:   OTRA  SENV  TBIO  KSCA  DO  XL 
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FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 2777
						UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 001078 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA SENV TBIO KSCA DO XL
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO RAFFAELE FOR TRAVEL
TO DOMINICA

REF: STATE 103351

UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 001078

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA SENV TBIO KSCA DO XL
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO RAFFAELE FOR TRAVEL
TO DOMINICA

REF: STATE 103351


1. Embassy Bridgetown welcomes and grants clearance to
Herbert Raffaele, Chief of the Division of International
Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Service, for travel to
Dominica July 7-14, 2006. Mr. Raffaele will attend the
Executive Board meeting of the Society for the Conservation
and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB).


2. Per reftel, Embassy understands assistance is not
requested. Mr. Raffaele will stay at the Utell Anchorage
Hotel, tel: 767/448-2401.


3. Embassy Bridgetown requests an outbrief be provided to the
Political/Economic Section relating to activities while in
the region within 10 working days of completion of travel.
Please provide the outbrief by telephone, 246/436-4950 x2230,
or by fax at 246/431-0384.


4. Entry requirements: Mission policy is that all USG
travelers to the region be in possession of a valid passport.
Visas are not required for stays of up to three weeks for
tourist/business travel. Diplomatic/official travel does not
require visas for stays of up to one month and the passport
must be valid three months beyond intended stay. There is a
departure tax of 27 xcd (Eastern Caribbean) dollars or 10
U.S. dollars.


5. The exchange rate in Dominica is 2.70 xcd (Eastern
Caribbean) dollars for one U.S. dollar. U.S. currency,
travelers' checks, and credit cards are routinely and widely
accepted.


6. The following is general information pertaining to
security and health considerations throughout the Eastern
Caribbean:

Security
--------------

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 machines 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
--------------

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, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines the
major health threat is dengue fever, transmitted by mosquito.
Dengue cases are most often seen in the summer months.
Persons should therefore protect themselves with insect
repellent. There is 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, 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.
KRAMER