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06BRIDGETOWN1452
2006-08-18 16:01:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Bridgetown
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COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO EARLE TO TRANSIT BARBADOS TO

Tags:   ASEC  EAID  OTRA  AC  DO  XL 
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FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3129
						UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 001452 

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E.O. 12958:N/A
TAGS: ASEC EAID OTRA AC DO XL
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO EARLE TO TRANSIT BARBADOS TO
ANTIGUA AND DOMINICA

REF: E-MAIL BLACKWOOD/MOTES 08/16/06



1. Embassy Bridgetown warmly welcomes and grants country clearance
to Peter Earle, to travel to Antigua August 25, 2006 and to Dominica
August 26, 2006. The purpose of this travel is to conduct training
sessions for numerators for the baseline survey.



2. Please note that traveler will be staying at the Cortland Hotel
in Upper Gambles, St. John's, Antigua and the Fort Young Hotel in
Roseau, Dominica. Embassy point of contact is Mansfield Blackwood,
phone: 1(246) 228-8070, fax: 1(246)228-8589.



3. The exchange rate for Antigua and Dominica is approximately 2.70
Xcd (Eastern Caribbean) dollars for 1 U.S. dollar. U.S. currency,
traveler's checks, and credit cards are routinely and widely
accepted here.



4. Entry requirements: A valid U.S. passport is required to enter
Antigua and Dominica. 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 Antigua and Barbuda, 3216 New Mexico Avenue, NW
20016, tel: 202-362-5122 and the Embassy of the Commonwealth of
Dominica, 3216 New Mexico Avenue, NW 20016, tel: 202-364-6781.



5. Departure tax for Antigua is XCD$50.00 (Eastern Caribbean)
dollars or US$19.00 and for Dominica is XCD$16.00 (Eastern
Caribbean) dollars or US$10.00.



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

Security


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In the Eastern Caribbean, foot travel outside of
well-established tourist areas are 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.

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 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 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