UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 000904
STATE FOR WHA/CAR AND OES/OMC
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TPHY OTRA EFIS KSCA VC
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED TO PORCH AND GEDAMKE FOR
TRAVEL TO ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
REF: USDOC 06341
Â¶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
Â¶2. Per reftel, Embassy understands assistance is not
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/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.
Â¶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.
Â¶6. 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.