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06BRIDGETOWN1889
2006-10-26 19:42:00
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Embassy Bridgetown
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COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR ELIZABETH BUNKER AND CRIST

Tags:   ASEC  OTRA  ST  XL 
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FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3583
INFO RUEHGR/AMEMBASSY GRENADA 0190
						UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 001889 

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC OTRA ST XL
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR ELIZABETH BUNKER AND CRIST
CHENSVOLD

REF: SECSTATE 178295



1. Embassy Bridgetown warmly welcomes and grants country clearance
to Elizabeth A. Bunker and Crist Chensvold to travel to St. Lucia
from November 5-22, 2006. From St. Lucia, Bunker and Chensvold will
travel to Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and St. Vincent.
The purpose of this trip is for an official visit to the Peace
Corps/Eastern Caribbean and to interview Peace Corps volunteers for
a programming study at PC/Eastern Caribbean, requiring some
in-country travel.



2. Post understands that Peace Corps/Eastern Caribbean, based in
St. Lucia, will arrange travel and logistical support.



3. Ms. Bunker and Mr. Chensvold are expected to arrive in Castries,
Saint Lucia on Sunday, November 5, 2006 on AA 5058 at 4:20pm. They
will depart on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 on AA 5123 at 3:20pm.



4. Entry requirements: A valid U.S. passport is required to enter
Saint Lucia. No visa is required if your stay is under three
months, including those travelers arriving with diplomatic or
official passports. For further information, travelers may contact
the Embassy of Saint Lucia, 3216 New Mexico Avenue, N. W.,
Washington, D.C. 20016, telephone 202) 364-6792. A valid U.S.
passport is required to enter Antigua. No visa is required for
short visits, including those travelers arriving with diplomatic or
official passports. A valid U.S passport is required to enter
Dominica. No Visa is required if your stay is under three weeks.
American citizens must have a valid passport to travel to Grenada,
no visa is required for short stays. No Visa is required if your
stay is under three months. A valid U.S. passport is required to
enter St. Vincent and the Grenadines. No visa is required; length of
stay will be determined by immigration upon arrival.



5. Departure tax for St. Lucia is XCD$45.00 or $17.00USD. Departure
tax for Antigua is 50.00 xcd (Eastern Caribbean) dollars or $19USD.
Departure tax for St. Kitts is $17.00USD. Departure tax for St.
Vincent is $50.00 XCD or $20.00USD. Departure tax for Grenada is 50
XCD or $20.00USD.



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

Airports and Transportation


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Commercial taxis are readily available and reasonably priced at
airports throughout the region.

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.

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