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07BRIDGETOWN1042
2007-08-18 17:24:00
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Embassy Bridgetown
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COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO MARSTELLER AND DONNELLY FOR

Tags:   ASEC  OTRA  ST  XL 
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC OTRA ST XL
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO MARSTELLER AND DONNELLY FOR
TRAVEL TO SAINT LUCIA

REF: 011255Z AUG 07



1. Embassy Bridgetown warmly welcomes and grants country clearance
to Ms. Suzanne Marsteller, Special Agent, NCIS and Mr. Thomas
Donnelly, Special Agent, NCIS for travel to Saint Lucia from August
19 - 24, 2007. The purpose of this visit is to liaise with host
nation law enforcement and also to provide force protection support
for a United States naval ship visiting Port Castries, Saint Lucia.



2. Travelers will be meeting with Inspector Bailey, Royal Saint
Lucia Police Force on Monday, August 20, 2007 and ASP Winston
Mitille, Royal Saint Lucia Marine Police has agreed to meet with
travelers on either Monday, August 20, 2007 or on a day later in the
week.



3. Embassy points of contact are CDR P. Kofi Aboagye, Chief,
Military Liaison Office, (246) 227-4339 or cell (246) 230-2705; LCDR
Rene Cerda, Deputy Chief, Military Liaison Office, (246) 227-4166 or
cell (246) 230-2712; Major Rachelle Harris, Operations Officer,
(246) 227-4123 or cell (246) 230-2725; Mr. Robert Starnes, Regional
Security Officer, (246) 227-4135 or cell (246) 823-4436; and Mr.
Eric Freeman, Assistant Regional Security Officer, (246) 227-4173 or
cell (246) 826-1164.



4. Hotel reservations have been confirmed for travelers at the Bay
Gardens Beach Resort, Rodney Bay Village, Gros Islet, Castries,
Saint Lucia, tel. 1-758-457-8500. Hotel confirmation numbers are
1023 for Ms. Marsteller and 1024 for Mr. Donnelly.



5. The exchange rate for Saint Lucia is approximately $2.70 xcd
(Eastern Caribbean) dollars for $1.00 U.S. dollar. U.S. currency,
traveler's checks, and credit cards are also routinely and widely
accepted here.



6. Entry requirements: A valid U.S. passport is required to enter
Saint Lucia. No visa is required if your stay is under six months,
including those travelers arriving with diplomatic or official
passports. For further information, travelers may contact the
Embassy of Barbados, 2144 Wyoming Avenue N.W., Washington D.C.
20008, tel. 1-202-939-9200.



7. Restrictions: The laws of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint
Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, and Saint Kitts and Nevis prohibit
non-military personnel from wearing any articles of camouflage
clothing. Immigration officers in these countries randomly check
visitor's baggage on arrival at the airport; if items of restriction
are found, you will be asked to surrender them to the officers.



8. Departure tax for Saint Lucia is $68.00 ECC (Eastern Caribbean
Currency) or $24.00 USD.



9. ICASS TDY Policy: Each visitor, regardless of length of stay,
must bring/forward fiscal data to pay for direct costs of the visit.
Each agency, organization or visiting delegation will be charged

for the actual costs attributed to its visit. Direct charge costs
include, but are not limited to: airport transportation and
expediting; driving services; American and LES overtime (for such
services as airport expediting, cashier accommodation exchange,
control room staffing, representational event support); travel and
per diem costs incurred by post personnel in support of visitor's
field travel; rental of vehicles and other equipment; long distance
telephone calls; office supplies, procurement/small purchasing;
departure tax and other airport fees. Post will not provide service
if fiscal data is not provided for the direct charges.

For TDYers remaining at post over 30 days, there is a charge for
ICASS support services. This charge is for the following ICASS
services: Basic Package, CLO and Health Services. Agencies will
not be billed until the accumulated invoice cost for TDY support
exceeds $2,500 for the fiscal year. If your sponsoring agency is
not signed up for ICASS services at post, please be prepared to sign
a Memorandum of Understanding for ICASS support services upon
arrival. The agency should provide post with a written
communication, generated by the traveler's headquarters, that
confirms the agency will pay ICASS charges for the TDYer, provides
the agency ICASS billing code to which the TDY support charges
should be applied, and authorizes the traveler to sign the ICASS
invoice generated by the TDY module. Where travel is urgent, the
TDYer should bring this documentation with him/her to ensure there
are no interruptions in the provision of service. Post will not
provide any service to a TDYer staying in excess of thirty days
without provision of this documentation before day 31 of the TDY."



10. 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 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.

HOWARD