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09BUENOSAIRES149 2009-02-12 19:34:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Buenos Aires
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ARGENTINA: STAFFDEL LEWIS, FEBRUARY 16-18, 2008

Tags:   OREP AMGT ASEC AFIN AR 
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					  UNCLAS BUENOS AIRES 000149 

C O R R E C T E D C O P Y (REMOVED SIPDIS CAPTION)

DEPARTMENT FOR H, PATRICIA DIGGS
DEPARTMENT FOR RM/F/DFS/FO/AA/CAA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OREP AMGT ASEC AFIN AR
SUBJECT: ARGENTINA: STAFFDEL LEWIS, FEBRUARY 16-18, 2008

REF: SECSTATE 11880 AND SECSTATE 10404



1. We warmly welcome Ms. Jessica Lewis, Senior Foreign Policy
Advisor from the Senate Office of the Democratic Leader (SLDR), and
staff. Ambassador Wayne will be on official travel during the
visit, but Deputy Chief of Mission Tom Kelly will participate in the
staffdel's schedule. The purpose of the trip is matters pertaining
to the authorizing committee.



2. Control Officer will be Political Officer Ted Craig. Email:
craigtj@state.gov. Embassy address: Av. Colombia 4300, Cellphone:
(011-54-9-11) 15-3210-1217; Embassy Phone (011-54-11) 5777-4858.
Embassy Hours: 08:45 am to 05:45 pm.

Administrative point of contact will be General Services Officer
Richard Glenn. Email: GlennRH@state.gov, Cellphone: 15- 5061-2156,
Office: 5777-4748



3. Post has secured reservations at the following hotel:

Emperador Hotel
Av. Libertador 420
Buenos Aires C1001ABR Argentina
Phone: 54 11 4131-4000
Fax: 54 11 4131-3900
info@hotel-emperador.com.ar
Arrival date: February 16, 2008 (early check-in requested)
Departure date: February 18, 2008
Nights: 2
3 standard non-smoking rooms
Confirmation numbers: 365645, 365381 and 365382
Hotel rate for standard room: usd 162.00 + 21% taxes= usd 196
Breakfast is included. Cancellation policy is as follows:
Cancellations must be made within 24 hours of arrival otherwise the
hotel will charge for one night stay.
Early check-in requests will be granted depending on availability.
Post will provide meet and greet assistance and transportation
throughout the Staffdel's stay in Argentina.



4. Visas: Visitors are reminded that Argentina requires visas in
U.S. diplomatic and official passports for official travel. Persons
traveling on official business and carrying diplomatic or official
passports who arrive without a valid visa may be denied entry and
sent back to point of origin. The Embassy is unable to secure entry
of travelers who arrive without visas.



5. Airport tax: Official visitors, holding diplomatic or regular
passports, are required to pay the airport tax. For international
flights, the tax is us $18 per passenger (vat-exempt) or peso
equivalent, payable in cash, with traveler's checks or credit cards.



6. Threat assessment:



A. Political violence/terrorism: liaison with host government
police and security forces indicate there is little threat to U.S.
citizens (official visitors, business visitors, tourists) from
indigenous terrorist organizations in Argentina. There are no
violent domestic groups currently active in this country that are
specifically targeting U.S. interests. However, given the presence
of members of and support for extremist international terrorist
groups such as Hizbollah in the tri-border region of Argentina
(Misiones province), visitors here cannot discount the possibility
of terrorist activity, to include random acts of anti-American
violence.



B. Crime: Petty street crime in the city of Buenos Aires and the
immediate suburbs continues to be a problem for residents and
visitors alike. Burglaries in the more fashionable suburbs have been
a particular problem. Visitors to the city of Buenos Aires should be
aware of problems with hotel security (i.e. thefts from room) and
pickpockets or purse snatching on the streets and public
transportation (buses and trains). Pickpockets often work in pairs
and employ a variety of ruses to victimize the unsuspecting visitor.
In recent years, most crime affecting visitors has been
non-violent; aggravated robberies, shootings, etc., while not
completely unheard of in Buenos Aires were nonetheless uncommon.
Recently, however, incidents of armed invasions of restaurants,
shops and residences by criminal groups are being observed with
greater frequency, and as a result, it is recommended that due
caution be exercised when traveling about the city. However, in
general, the crime level in Buenos Aires is less severe than large
U.S. cities.

Pickpockets often work in pairs and employ a variety of ruses to
victimize the unsuspecting visitor. In recent years, most crime
affecting visitors has been non-violent; aggravated robberies,
shootings, etc., while not completely unheard of in Buenos Aires
were nonetheless uncommon. Recently, however, incidents of armed
invasions of restaurants, shops and residences by criminal groups
are being observed with greater frequency, and as a result, it is
recommended that due caution be exercised when traveling about the
city. However, in general, the crime level in Buenos Aires is less
severe than large U.S. cities.



7. Accommodation exchange in pesos will be provided by control
officer upon arrival.



8. Telephone Calls: Visitors should bring fund cites or credit card
to cover the cost of official international and in-country long
distance telephone calls. International calling cards are
recommended.



9. Laptop Computers/Digital Cameras: Personally owned laptops/palm
pilots may not/not be used in the Embassy. USG-owned laptops may
only be used in controlled access areas (CAA) if the user certifies
that the computer has been continuously under the personal control
of a cleared American throughout transit. If this requirement is
not met, the laptop can only be used outside of the CAA. USG-owned
palm pilots are under the same restrictions as cellular phones and
other electronic devices, and may not be utilized within the CAA.
At the embassy, all USG issued or personal cellular phones must be
left outside of the CAA. Use of cellular phones outside of the CAA
is not restricted. It should be noted that if traveler is bringing
a cellular phone into the country, argentine law requires the
traveler to declare the phone, including its value, when filling out
the customs and immigration declaration form.



10. For further general information regarding travel to Argentina,
travelers should consult the department of state internet site at
http://travel.state.gov/, which includes the latest consular
information sheet for Argentina.



11. This telegram has been cleared by the Deputy Chief of Mission.



12. Visit the Embassy Buenos Aires classified webpage at:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/buenosaires

WAYNE