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Cablegate: Country Clearance and in-Country Travel Policy

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RR RUEHBZ RUEHDU RUEHGI RUEHJO RUEHMR RUEHRN
DE RUEHKI #0397 1271337
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 061337Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7954
INFO RUEHXR/RWANDA COLLECTIVE
RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RUZEJAA/JAC MOLESWORTH RAF MOLESWORTH UK
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC

UNCLAS KINSHASA 000397

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT CASC PTER ASEC
SUBJECT: Country Clearance and In-Country Travel Policy

1. (U) On May 5 Embassy Kinshasa re-issued its current travel
policy, reiterating the requirement that all travel to the
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) must begin in Kinshasa.

2. Text of the policy follows:

At the Ambassador's request, all visits to the Democratic Republic
of Congo, which require country clearance, are to commence in
Kinshasa, the country's capital. Travel to other regions of the
country including the Kivus, Orientale and Maniema provinces, is to
be undertaken from Kinshasa. Embassy Kinshasa will provide
assistance with these travel arrangements. As travel in the Congo
can be complicated, visitors should consult with their Embassy
control officer early in the planning process. Any deviation from
this policy must be approved by Embassy Kinshasa.

End travel policy

3. Embassy requests that Department, other USG agencies,
neighboring posts, and posts where connections are made to travel to
the DRC take note of the policy and circulate a copy of it to
travelers.

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