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Title: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION AIR AND

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07BRIDGETOWN8502007-06-28 20:52:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Bridgetown
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RUEABND/DEA SAINT THOMAS VI
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 BRIDGETOWN 000850 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
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 CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION AIR AND 
MARINE SUPPORT PILOTS JORGE DELGADO, JOSE RIVERA AND ROBERT LEBRON, 
AND AVIATION ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ALEXANDER SANTIAGO AND JUAN GARCIA 
ON JUNE 28, 2007 
 
REF: TELCOM BETWEEN ACTING COUNTRY ATTACHE ROGEANA PATTERSON, RAC 
 
JAMES DOBY AND A/RAC ERIC LEE ON JUNE 28, 2007 
 
¶1.  Embassy Bridgetown welcomes and grants country clearance to 
Border Protection Air and Marine Support Pilots Jorge Delgado, Jose 
Rivera and Robert Lebron, and Aviation Enforcement Officers 
Alexander Santiago and Juan Garcia for June 28, 2007 for travel to 
St. Vincent.  The purpose of their visit is to provide operation 
support for an ongoing investigation. 
 
¶2.  Embassy point of contact is Acting Country Attach Rogeana 
Patterson at 246-227-4171. 
 
¶3.  No Hotel reservations are required. The current per diem in St. 
Vincent is US$107 for lodging and US$89 for M&IE. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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 
passports. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶7.  Departure tax for St. Vincent is EC$45 or USD$17. 
 
¶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." 
 
¶9.  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 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 
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 
 
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burglaries are not uncommon and all valuables should be locked in 
room safes if possible. 
 
Health Information 
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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. 
 
GILROY