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06BRIDGETOWN1791
2006-10-10 16:33:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Bridgetown
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COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR BRANDON LEE TO TRAVEL TO

Tags:   ASEC  OTRA  BB  XL 
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DE RUEHWN #1791 2831633
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 101633Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUEHGE/AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN 1448
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3472
						UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 001791 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC OTRA BB XL
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR BRANDON LEE TO TRAVEL TO
BARBADOS

REF: GEORGETOWN 1045



1. Embassy Bridgetown welcomes and grants country clearance for
Brandon Lee to travel to Barbados to attend the Cricket World Cup
2007 planning meetings to be held on October 11-12, 2006.



2. Per reftel, Embassy understands arrival assistance is not
needed.



3. Embassy point of contact is Robert W. Starnes, (246) 436-4950
ext. 2435.



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 short visits of less than 30 days. There is a
departure tax of 25 bbd (Barbados dollars) or 12.50 U.S. dollar.



5. The exchange rate in Barbados is two Barbados dollars for one U.


S. dollar. U. S. currency, traveler's 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 Information

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.
A growing number of HIV/AIDS cases have been reported. It is safe
to drink the water in the Eastern Caribbean. 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.

GILROY