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06BRIDGETOWN1161
2006-07-06 21:17:00
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Embassy Bridgetown
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COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO KAREN D. TURNER TO TRAVEL TO

Tags:   ASEC  OTRA  EAID  BB  XL 
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DE RUEHWN #1161 1872117
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R 062117Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUEHKG/AMEMBASSY KINGSTON 4945
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2863
						UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 001161 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

AIDAC

FOR LAC/CAR DAN RILEY


E. O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC OTRA EAID BB XL
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO KAREN D. TURNER TO TRAVEL TO
BARBADOS

REF: Kingston 001331



1. Embassy Bridgetown grants country clearance for Ms. Karen D.
Turner, USAID/J-Cars Mission Director to travel to Barbados on/about
July 12, 2006 to August 13, 2006. The purpose of this TDY is to
provide coverage to the Caribbean Regional Program satellite office
in the absence of a USG representative/office director. The
previous office director's tour ended on June 30, 2006. A
replacement has not yet been named.



2. Understand Embassy assistance is not required. If you have any
questions, please contact Sean Hall at Tel. (246)228-8070 or Fax.
(246) 228-8589.



3. The exchange rate is a constant $2.00 Barbados Dollars (BDS) to
$1 U.S. Dollar. 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 is BDS25.00 or USD19.00.



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 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 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, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent 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 repellant. 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, 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