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06BRIDGETOWN896
2006-05-25 19:21:00
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Embassy Bridgetown
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COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO NOAA EMPLOYEES FOR

Tags:   TPHY  EFIS  OTRA  AMGT  KSCA  SC  XL 
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DE RUEHWN #0896 1451921
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 251921Z MAY 06
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC PRIORITY
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2555
						UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 000896 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT OF COMMERCE PASS TO ANN KEBECKBY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TPHY EFIS OTRA AMGT KSCA SC XL
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO NOAA EMPLOYEES FOR
TRAVEL TO ST. KITTS AND NEVIS

REF: DEPT OF COMMERCE 2177



1. Embassy Bridgetown welcomes and grants clearance to
Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS) employees Jeffrey Breiwick, Robert Rownell, Phillip
Clapham, Megan Dohahue, Douglas Demaster, Peggy Krahn, Rick
Leduc, David Mattila, Sue Moore, Debra Palka, William Perrin,
Teresa Rowles, Brandon Southall, Barbara Taylor, Paul Wade,
and Robin Waples for travel to St. Kitts and Nevis May
22-June 7, 2006. The travelers are attending the the
International Whaling Commission scientific meetings.



2. Per reftel, Embassy understands assistance is not
requested. Travelers are staying at the St. Kitts Marriott,
telephone, 869/466-1200.



3. Post would like to remind the originating office that
country clearance requests are to be sent five to ten
business days before travel to be sure of appropriate
handling.



4. Embassy Bridgetown requests an outbrief be provided to the
Political/Economic Section relating to activities while in
the region within 10 working days of completion of travel.
Please provide the outbrief by telephone, 246/436-4950 X2228,
or by fax at 246/431-0384.



5. Entry requirements: Mission policy is that all USG
travelers to the region be in possession of a valid passport.
There is a departure tax of 45 xcd (Eastern Caribbean)
dollars or 16.50 U.S. dollars.



6. The exchange rate in St. Kitts and Nevis is 2.70 xcd
(Eastern Caribbean) dollars for one U.S. dollar. U.S.
currency, travelers' checks, and credit cards are routinely
and widely accepted.



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

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


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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 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. There is 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