UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 000064
STATE FOR WHA/CAR
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA TPHY AC VC XL
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO RINCHKO FOR TRAVEL TO
ANTIGUA AND ST. VINCENT/GRENADINES
REF: 191450Z JAN 07
Â¶1. Embassy Bridgetown welcomes and grants clearance to
Charles A. Rinchko, Aviation Safety Inspector, to travel to
Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines from
January 22-26, 2007, for the purpose of conducting increased
FAA surveillance of Caribbean Sun Airlines during flights to
various Caribbean islands.
Â¶2. Per reftel, Embassy understands assistance is not
requested. Embassy Bridgetown does not grant clearances for
the British Virgin Islands. Please send country clearance
request to Embassy London.
Â¶3. 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,
x2230, or by fax at 246/431-0384.
Â¶4. Entry requirements for Antigua and Barbuda: Mission policy
is that all USG travelers to the region be in possession of a
valid passport. Visas are not required for short visits.
There is a departure tax of 50 xcd (Eastern Caribbean)
dollars or 19 U.S. dollars.
Â¶5. The exchange rate in Antigua and Barbuda is 2.70 xcd
(Eastern Caribbean) dollars for one U.S. dollar. U.S.
currency, traveler's checks, and credit cards are routinely
and widely accepted.
Â¶6. Entry/departure requirements for St. Vincent and the
Grenadines: Mission policy is that all USG travelers to the
region be in possession of a valid passport. Visas are not
required, length of stay is determined by immigration
official upon arrival, if necessary. All visitors must have
a return or on going ticket. There is a departure tax of 30
xcd (Eastern Caribbean dollars) or 12 U.S. dollars.
Â¶7. The exchange rate in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is
2.70 xcd (Eastern Caribbean dollars) for one U.S. dollar.
U.S. currency, traveler's checks, and credit cards are
routinely and widely accepted.
Â¶8. The following is general information pertaining to
security and health considerations throughout the Eastern
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.
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.