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Title: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO PORCH AND GEDAMKE FOR

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07BRIDGETOWN9042007-07-16 14:11:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Bridgetown
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SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO PORCH AND GEDAMKE FOR 
TRAVEL TO ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES 
 
REF: USDOC 06341 
 
¶1. Embassy Bridgetown welcomes and grants clearance to 
Clarence Porch and Todd Gedamke to travel to St. Vincent and 
the Grenadines from July 13-22, 2007, for the purpose of 
attending the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism 
Scientific Meeting. 
 
¶2. Per reftel, Embassy understands assistance is not 
requested. 
 
¶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/departure requirements:  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. 
 
¶5. 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. 
 
¶6. 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