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07KUWAIT507
2007-04-08 12:59:00
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Embassy Kuwait
Cable title:  

KUWAIT COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR TREASURY A/S

Tags:   APER  AMGT  OTRA  KU  COUNTRY  CLEARANCE 
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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 081259Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8731
INFO RUEHAD/AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI PRIORITY 1664
RUEHRH/AMEMBASSY RIYADH PRIORITY 2352
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI PRIORITY 0700
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC PRIORITY
						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 KUWAIT 000507 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARP
TREASURY FOR DANIEL HARRIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: APER AMGT OTRA KU COUNTRY CLEARANCE
SUBJECT: KUWAIT COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR TREASURY A/S
PATRICK O'BRIEN

REF: STATE 46021

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 KUWAIT 000507

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARP
TREASURY FOR DANIEL HARRIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: APER AMGT OTRA KU COUNTRY CLEARANCE
SUBJECT: KUWAIT COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR TREASURY A/S
PATRICK O'BRIEN

REF: STATE 46021


1. Embassy Kuwait welcomes and hereby grants country
clearance for Department of Treasury Assistant Secretary
Patrick O'Brien, Policy Advisor Daniel Harris, and Analyst
Benjamin Davis to travel to post o/a April 24, 2007 for
meetings with GOK officials.


2. This clearance is not/not valid for entry into Iraq; you
must apply for Iraq clearance through Embassy Baghdad.


3. Embassy Point of Contact: Willeah Cato, Economic
Officer. Phone: 965-259-1287. Cell: 965-786-1723. Fax:
965-259-1051. Email: CatoWE@state.gov. Airport pick-up has
been arranged through the embassy motorpool.


4. Lodging: Three single rooms have been reserved at the
Radisson SAS hotel for the night of April 24, 2007;
confirmation numbers are 382767, 382768, 382769. The hotel
phone number is (965) 575-6000 and the fax number is (965)
575-0155. The single room rate at the hotel is approximately
USD 252 plus 15% service charge per night, which includes
breakfast. The hotel accepts major credit cards and is
within the per diem rate. The daily per diem rate for Kuwait
is USD 291.00 for lodging, plus a meal and incidental expense
(M&IE) allowance of USD 105.00 for a total of USD 396.00.


5. Following is post's standard guidance for visitors to
Kuwait:

a. Entry Requirements: Kuwait now issues single-entry
visas to American citizens on arrival, upon presentation of a
valid passport. There is a processing fee of three (3)
Kuwaiti Dinar (KD 3.000, approximately USD 10.50) for each
visa issued. The fee may be paid either in KD or USD. Post
strongly advises travelers to carry some documentation on the
purpose of their visit. Passengers arriving on other than
commercial flights should anticipate extra delays, because
immigration services are not available on the military side
of the airfield and passports have to be carried to a
different location at the airport for processing. Airport
visas are valid for 90 days after arrival; anyone staying
beyond this period must obtain an extension, which should be

requested 2 weeks prior to visa expiration. Anyone departing
Kuwait who has overstayed the visa will be charged a fine of
KD 10.00 (USD 35.00) per day at the airport. All travelers
planning to visit Iraq should make sure that they obtain the
required exit/entry stamps for each transit through Kuwait,
and be aware that they will need to obtain a new Kuwaiti visa
upon return, even after a day trip to Baghdad. Failure to do
so can result in heavy fines. If possible, travelers should
try to obtain a multiple-entry visa before arriving in Kuwait.

b. Visitors are reminded that the importation of alcohol,
pork products, personal firearms, and any
suggestive/pornographic materials (videotapes, magazines or
books) is strictly prohibited by Kuwaiti law. Kuwait is
still clearing mines and munitions. Visitors must remain on
major paved roads when traveling in Kuwait. Travel north of
Jahra toward the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border is not authorized
without approval from the embassy and an appropriate escort.

c. Embassy Kuwait's normal workweek is Saturday through
Wednesday. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The time
difference with the East Coast of the United States is EST
plus 8 hours. The Embassy switchboard number is (965)
259-1001, and the IVG number is 4950000. The after hours
number which rings at Marine Guard post one is (965)
538-2098. The mission duty officer can be reached through
the embassy switchboard, Post One, or by cell phone at (965)
967-7265. The embassy pouch address is 6200 Kuwait Place,
Dulles, VA 20189-6200.

d. Threat Assessment: Kuwait is a high-threat post and
the military threatcon is currently Charlie. We have
increased security precautions at official U.S. installations
in Kuwait and recommend that all Americans in Kuwait remain
alert to their surroundings and review their personal
security practices.

e. Health Advisory for Kuwait: April through October is
the hot season in Kuwait. Temperatures reach 120-140F in
summer. Caution should be taken to prevent dehydration and
heat exhaustion by 1) drinking plenty of fluids and 2)
staying indoors, especially during peak temperature hours of
12:00-15:00. Low humidity coupled with high temperatures

KUWAIT 00000507 002 OF 003


creates excessive moisture loss from evaporation. It is
necessary to drink 2-4 quarts of water daily to prevent
dehydration. Visitors in November through March can expect
cold winds and at times heavy rains. Light winter clothing
is suitable for Kuwait during these months. At this time
allergies and colds are more common. Persons traveling to
the area are advised to have over-the-counter medications,
such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cold and cough medications with
them for self-treatment.

f. Money: Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels,
restaurants and other establishments throughout Kuwait and
ATM machines are also readily available. For travelers on
official orders, the Commercial Bank of Kuwait can provide
accommodation services (cashing a personal check drawn on a
U.S. bank into local currency) up to a maximum of USD 300.00
per day from noon to 2:00pm, Saturday through Wednesday. At
the current rate of exchange, one Kuwaiti Dinar (KD) is
equivalent to approximately USD 3.50.

g. CAA Access: Visitors who need unescorted access into
secure areas of the mission must slug cables to the attention
of the RSO, and include the level of their clearance. The
cable should include the visitor's Social Security Number,
and the name of the agency granting the clearance. Cables
should include the ASEC tag to ensure distribution to the RSO
office and the Marine Security guard at post one.

h. Computer and Electronics Usage: Sensitive military
information has been discovered recently on business center
computers at local hotels in Kuwait City. All U.S.
Government personnel and contractors must remember that it is
their responsibility to observe good computer and information
security practices. Information processed on computers in
hotel business centers, through email correspondence or
document creation, is highly exploitable. Public computers
located in hotel business centers, internet cafes, airport
lounges, etc. should never be used to process, store or
disseminate sensitive information. Compromise of sensitive
government or military information can result in serious
damage to national security. Compromises of sensitive
personal data can result in significant personal and
financial hardship. Random checks are conducted by Embassy
personnel on public PC's. Breaches in COMPUSEC will result
in the violator receiving security infractions and/or
security violations. Inter-agency security standards
prohibit the introduction or use of non-USG owned computer
hardware and software at all USG diplomatic facilities. Cell
phones, palm pilots, radios and other convenience electronics
are prohibited in all secure areas of the mission.

i. Photography: Tourist photography is encouraged in
Kuwait. However, it is strictly forbidden to photograph
public buildings, economic infrastructure, or military and
other security-related facilities and personnel.
Confiscation of film and camera and even arrest may result
from doing so. A good rule of thumb: If there is any doubt
as to whether a photograph should be taken, don't take it.

j. Action Request: Each visitor, regardless of length of
stay, must bring or 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
their visit. Direct charge costs include, but are not
limited to: American and LES staff overtime (e.g.,
expeditor, accommodation exchange, representational event
support), field travel, lodging and meals and incidental
expenses (M&IE) by embassy employees, vehicle rentals,
long-distance telephone calls, equipment rentals, office
supplies and all other costs that are directly attributable
to the visit. If fiscal data on visitor's travel
authorization is to be used for this purpose, this
information must be spelled out in the travel orders and
sufficient funding must be provided to meet these expenses.
In addition, for TDYers over thirty (30) days, there will be
a charge for ICASS support services. If your sponsoring
agency is not signed up for ICASS services at post, please be
prepared to sign an ICASS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
for ICASS support services upon arrival. The agency should
provide post with written communication, generated by the
traveler's headquarters, that confirms the agency will pay
ICASS charges for the TDYer, provide the agency ICASS billing
code for the TDY support to be provided, and authorize the
traveler to sign the ICASS invoice generated by the TDY
module. When travel is urgent, TDYers should bring this
document with them to ensure there are no interruptions in

KUWAIT 00000507 003 OF 003


the provision of services. Post will not provide any
services to a TDYer staying in excess of 30 days without
having received this documentation prior to day 31 of the TDY.

k. Visit Kuwait's unclassified intranet website at
http://kuwait.state.gov.


6. This cable was last updated on October 30, 2006.

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