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Title: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO RINCHKO FOR TRAVEL TO

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07BRIDGETOWN642007-01-19 21:58:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Bridgetown
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SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO RINCHKO FOR TRAVEL TO 
ANTIGUA AND ST. VINCENT/GRENADINES 
 
REF: 191450Z JAN 07 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶8. 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. 
OURISMAN