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06BRIDGETOWN1807
2006-10-12 10:34:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Bridgetown
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COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO QUAIN TO TRAVEL TO BARBADOS

Tags:   EAID  ASEC  OTRA  BB  XL 
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DE RUEHWN #1807 2851034
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R 121034Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3492
						UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 001807 

SIPDIS

SECSTATE FOR GH/OHA/SPER, ESTELLE QUAIN

SIPDIS

AIDAC

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

REF: SECSTATE 169210



1. Embassy Bridgetown grants country clearance to Ms. Estelle Quain
to travel to Bridgetown to participate as a presenter at the
Caribbean Training Integration Workshop on or about November 12 -
18, 2006.



2. Embassy point of contact is USAID Representative/Barbados, James
Goggin, Phone: 1(246) 228-8070, Fax: 1(246)228-8589. Understand
further Embassy assistance is not required.



3. The exchange rate is approximately 2 Barbados Dollars for 1 U.S.
Dollar. You should bring enough U.S. Dollar bills to pay the taxi.
U.S. currency, traveler's checks, and credit cards are routinely and
widely accepted here.




4. Entry/departure 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. Visitors are granted up to 28
days upon entry, which can be extended through the Barbados
immigration Department for up to six months. For further
information, travelers may contact the Embassy of Barbados, 2144
Wyoming Avenue N.W., Washington D.C. 20008, 1-202-939-9200.



5. Barbados has a departure tax of $25.00 BDS or $13.00 USD.



6. The following general information pertains to transportation,
security and health considerations in 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 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, 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.

GILROY