DE RUEHWN #1112 1791422
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 281422Z JUN 06
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUEAYVF/FAA MIAMI ARTCC MIAMI FL
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2808
UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 001112
TSA PASS TO DIANA M LAGUNA
E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: EAIR OTRA ST XL SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO LAGUNA AND OLESON FOR TRAVEL TO ST. LUCIA
REF: FAA MIAMI ARTCC MIAMI FL 211409Z JUN 06
1. Embassy Bridgetown warmly welcomes and grants clearance to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Aviation Security Inspectors Diana M. Laguna and Jay D. Oleson for travel to St. Lucia from July 24-28, 2006. The travelers will conduct inspections of the air carrier stations at the George F. L. Charles International Airport.
2. Per reftel, Embassy understands assistance is not required. The travelers will stay at the Royal Hotel (by Rex Resorts), tel: 758/452-9999.
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 at 246/436-4950 x2228, 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. St. Lucia does not require a visa for stays of up to three months; however, you must have tickets or documentation for return or onward travel. For stays of longer than three months you may apply for an extension at the Immigration Department. There is a departure tax of 45 xcd (Eastern Caribbean) dollars or 16.50 U.S. dollars.
5. The exchange rate in St. Lucia 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:
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.
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