UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BRIDGETOWN 000846
DEA HQS ATTN: OC, OI, OIA, OEL/N. JONES AND PIZARRO,
DEA CARIBBEAN DIVISION ATTN: SAC HARRIS, ASAC GUARINO, RAC DOBY AND
SA ANDREW ARTHURTON
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC OTRA VC XL
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR SPECIAL AGENT ANDREW ARTHURTON JUNE
28, 2007 THROUGH JULY 1, 2007
REF: TELCOM BETWEEN ACTING COUNTRY ATTACHE ROGEANA PATTERSON, RAC
JAMES DOBY AND A/RAC ERIC LEE ON JUNE 28, 2007
Â¶1. Embassy Bridgetown welcomes and grants country clearance to SA
Andrew Arthurton from June 28 through July 1, 2007 for travel to St.
Vincent. The purpose of his visit is to provide operation support
for an ongoing investigation.
Â¶2. Embassy point of contact is Acting Country Attache Rogeana
Patterson at 246-227-4171.
Â¶3. Hotel reservations have been confirmed for traveler(s) at the
Cobblestone Inn, telephone number 784-456-1937. The hotel rate is
US$107.00 per night. The current per diem in St. Vincent is US$107
for lodging, and US$89 for M&IE.
Â¶4. Post's resources do not allow us the flexibility to meet and
assist visitors at the airport. However, St. Vincent Customs and
Immigration is visitor-friendly. The taxi rate from the airport to
the hotel is approximately EC$25 (US$10.00). The exchange rate is
approximately 2.66 Eastern Caribbean Dollars for 1 U.S. Dollar. You
should bring enough U.S. Dollar bills to pay the taxi. U.S.
currency, traveler's checks, and credit cards are routinely and
widely accepted here.
Â¶5. Entry requirements: A valid U.S. passport is required to enter
St. Vincent. No visa is required if your stay is under six months,
including those travelers arriving with diplomatic or official
Â¶6. Restrictions: The laws of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St.
Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, and St. 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.
Â¶7. Departure tax for St. Vincent is EC$45 or USD$17.
Â¶8. 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 he actual costs attributed to its visit. Direct cargo costs
include, but are not limited to: airport transportation ad
expediting; driving services; American and LES overtime (for such
services s airport expediting, cashier accommodation exchange,
control room staffing, representational event support); travel and
per die 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."
Â¶9. The following is general information pertaining to security and
health considerations throughout the Eastern Caribbean:
In the Eastern Caribbean, foot travel outside of well-established
tourist areas are 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
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.
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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.