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Cablegate: Country Clearance Granted for Staffdel Conaton (September

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R 250856Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0012
INFO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD 1015
RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 0289
RUEHFT/AMCONSUL FRANKFURT 2508
RUENAAA/OLA WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS KUWAIT 001439

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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OREP AMGT ASEC AFIN KU IZ COUNTRY CLEARANCE
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR STAFFDEL CONATON (SEPTEMBER
27 - OCTOBER 1, 2007)

REF: STATE 134582

1. Embassy Kuwait welcomes and grants country clearance for Staffdel
Conaton to travel to post on September 27 - October 1, 2007. Please
pass security clearances of all travelers iaw para. 6.g. in order to
allow the Staffdel to receive classified briefings.

2. This clearance is not/not valid for entry into Iraq; you must
apply for Iraq clearance through Embassy Baghdad.

3. Visit Officer: An Embassy visit officer and a driver/expeditor
will meet and assist you at the airport.

Embassy points of contact are:

Jennifer George, ISU Liaison
Office-(965)259-1203
Cell-(965)788-0364
Fax-(965) 259-1190
Unclass e-mail: GeorgeJR@state.gov

SIPDIS

Agnel Berry, ISU Coordinator
Office- (965) 259-1416
Cell- (965)973-9854
Fax- (965) 259-1190
Unclass e-mail: BerryAH2@state.gov

SIPDIS

4. Lodging: Rooms have been reserved at the Radisson SAS Hotel for
September 27, 29 and 30, 2007. The hotel telephone number is (965)
575-000 and the fax number is (965)565-2999. The single room rate at
the hotel is approximately USD 271.00 per night, which includes
breakfast. The hotel accepts major credit cards and is within the
per diem rate. The daily per diem rate for Kuwait is USD 291.00 for
lodging, plus a meal and incidental expense (M&IE) allowance of USD
105.00 for a total of USD 396.00.

5. Holy Month of Ramadan: Your visit takes place during the Holy
Month of Ramadan, which will be observed from approximately
September 12/13 to October 12/13, 2007. It is against the law in
Kuwait for anyone to eat, drink or smoke in public, including inside
vehicles, between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Business slows
down for this month and government offices, as well as many private
businesses, work shorter hours. Muslims will work a full day
without even a sip of water. This results in people becoming tired,
tense, and easily irritated during the normal workday, especially
during the later weeks of Ramadan. One must be extra alert when
driving, particularly during the late afternoon, when many will be
rushing home to break the fast.

6. Following is post's standard guidance for visitors to Kuwait:

a. Entry Requirements: Kuwait now issues single-entry visas to
American citizens on arrival, upon presentation of a valid passport.
There is a processing fee of three (3) Kuwaiti Dinar (KD 3.000, or
USD 12.00) for each visa issued. The fee may be paid either in KD or
USD. Post strongly advises travelers to carry some documentation on
the purpose of their visit. Passengers arriving on other than
commercial flights should anticipate extra delays, because
immigration services are not available on the military side of the
airfield and passports have to be carried to a different location at
the airport for processing. Airport visas are valid for 90 days
after arrival; anyone staying beyond this period must obtain an
extension, which should be requested 2 weeks prior to visa
expiration. Anyone departing Kuwait who has overstayed the visa
will be charged a fine of KD 10.000 (US 35.00) per day at the
airport. All travelers planning to visit Iraq should make sure that
they obtain the required exit/entry stamps for each transit through
Kuwait, and be aware that they will need to obtain a new Kuwaiti
visa upon return, even after a daytrip to Baghdad. Failure to do so
can result in heavy fines. If possible, travelers should try to
obtain a multiple-entry visa before arriving in Kuwait.

b. Visitors are reminded that the importation of alcohol, pork
products, personal firearms, and any suggestive/pornographic
materials (videotapes, magazines or books) is strictly prohibited by
Kuwaiti law. Kuwait is still clearing mines and munitions. Visitors
must remain on major paved roads when traveling in Kuwait. Travel
north of Jahra toward the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border is not authorized
without approval from the embassy and an appropriate escort.

c. Embassy Kuwait's normal workweek is Sunday through Thursday, and
office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The time difference
with the East Coast of the United States is EDT plus seven hours.
The embassy switchboard number is (965) 259-1001, and the IVG number
is 4950000. The after-hours number which rings at Marine Guard Post
One is (965) 538-2098. The mission duty officer can be reached
through the embassy switchboard, Post One or by cell phone at (965)
967-7265. The embassy pouch address is 6200 Kuwait Place, Dulles, VA

20189-6200.

d. Threat Assessment: Kuwait is a high-threat post and the military
threatcon is currently Charlie. We have increased security
precautions at official U.S. installations in Kuwait and recommend
that all Americans in Kuwait remain alert to their surroundings and
review their personal security practices.

e. Health Advisory for Kuwait: April through October is the hot
season in Kuwait. Temperatures reach 120-140 degrees F in summer.
Caution should be taken to prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion
by 1) drinking plenty of fluids and
2) staying indoors, especially during peak temperature hours of noon
to 3:00 p.m. (1200-1500). Low humidity coupled with high
temperatures creates excessive moisture loss from evaporation. It
is necessary to drink 2-4 quarts of water daily to prevent
dehydration.

f. Money: Credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, restaurants
and other establishments throughout Kuwait and ATM machines are also
readily available. For travelers on official orders, the Commercial
Bank of Kuwait can provide accommodation services (cashing a
personal check drawn on a U.S. bank into local currency) up to a
maximum of USD 300.00 per day from noon to 2:00 p.m., Saturday
through Wednesday. At the current rate of exchange, one Kuwaiti
Dinar (KD) is equivalent to approximately USD 3.55.

g. CAA Access: Visitors who need unescorted access into secure areas
of the mission must slug cables to the attention of the RSO, and
include the level of their clearance. The cable should include the
visitor's Social Security Number, and the name of the agency
granting the clearance. Cables should include the ASEC tag to
ensure distribution to the RSO office and the Marine Security guard
at Post One.

h. Computer and Electronics Usage: Sensitive military information
has been discovered recently on business center computers at local
hotels in Kuwait City. All U.S. Government personnel and
contractors must remember that it is their responsibility to observe
good computer and information security practices. Information
processed on computers in hotel business centers, through email
correspondence or document creation, is highly exploitable. Public
computers located in hotel business centers, internet cafes, airport
lounges, etc. should never be used to process, store or disseminate
sensitive information. Compromise of sensitive government or
military information can result in serious damage to national
security. Compromises of sensitive personal data can result in
significant personal and financial hardship. Random checks are
conducted by Embassy personnel on public PC's. Breaches on COMPUSEC
will result in the violator receiving security infractions and/or
security violations. Interagency security standards prohibit the
introduction or use of non-USG owned computer hardware and software
at all USG diplomatic facilities. Cell phones, palm pilots, radios
and other convenience electronics are prohibited in all secure areas
of the mission.

i. Photography: Tourist photography is encouraged in Kuwait.
However, it is strictly forbidden to photograph public buildings,
economic infrastructure, or military and other security-related
facilities and personnel. Confiscation of film and camera and even
arrest may result from doing so. A good rule of thumb: If there is
any doubt as to whether a photograph should be taken, don't take it.


j. Action Request: Each visitor, regardless of length of stay, must
bring or forward fiscal data to pay for direct costs of the visit.
Each agency, organization or visiting delegation will be charged for
the actual costs attributed to their visit. Direct charge costs
include, but are not limited to: American and LES staff overtime
(e.g., expeditor, accommodation exchange, representational event
support), field travel, lodging and meals and incidental expenses
(M&IE) by embassy employees, vehicle rentals, long-distance
telephone calls, equipment rentals, office supplies and all other
costs that are directly attributable to the visit. If fiscal data
on a traveler's authorization is to be used for this purpose, this
information must be spelled out in the travel orders and sufficient
funding provided to meet these expenses. In addition, for TDYers
over thirty (30) days, there will be a charge for ICASS support
services. If your sponsoring agency is not signed up for ICASS
services at post, please be prepared to sign an ICASS Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) for ICASS support services upon arrival. The
agency should provide post with written communication, generated by
the traveler's headquarters, that confirms the agency will pay ICASS
charges for the TDYer, provide the agency ICASS billing code for the
TDY support to be provided, and authorize the traveler to sign the
ICASS invoice generated by the TDY module. When travel is urgent,
TDYers should bring this document with them to ensure there are no
interruptions in the provision of services. Post will not provide

any services to a TDYer staying in excess of 30 days without having
received this documentation prior to day 31 of the TDY.

7. This is revision one to the Embassy's standard country clearance
cable.

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Visit Kuwait's Classified and Unclassified Websites at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/nea/kuwait/ and http://kuwait.state.gov/

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Misenheimer

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