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06BRIDGETOWN1810
2006-10-12 17:35:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Bridgetown
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COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO LLOYD TO TRAVEL TO BARBADOS

Tags:   EAID  KSCA  OTRA  ASEC  BB  XL 
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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHWN #1810 2851735
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 121735Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUEHPH/CDC ATLANTA GA
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3495
						UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 001810 

SIPDIS

AIDAC

SIPDIS

SECSTATE FOR WHA/CAR
SECSTATE DEPT PASS TO HHS FOR STEIGER OGHA
SECSTATE FOR RUEHPH/CDC ATLANTA GA

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

REF: ATLANTA GA 003786 AND ATD #3582



1. Embassy Bridgetown grants country clearance to Ms. Ethleen Lloyd,
Chief of Global AIDS Program, NCHSTP, HHS/CDC to travel to Barbados
on or about November 11 - 18, 2006 to attend workshop with Caribbean
HIV/AIDS training coordinators.



2. Post understands traveler has reservations at the Accra Beach
Hotel and Resort and that no further Embassy assistance is required.
Embassy point of contact is USAID Officer James Goggin, Phone:
1(246) 228-8070, Fax: 1(246)228-8589.



3. Post's resources do not allow us the flexibility to meet and
assist visitors at the airport. In Barbados the taxi rate from the
airport to the hotel is approximately BDS$30 (US$15). 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. Barbados has a
departure tax for Barbados $25.00 BDS or $13.00 USD.



5. 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