Cablegate: Uk Country Clearance Is Granted to Dos/Vci


DE RUEHLO #1465/01 1481412
R 271412Z MAY 08



E.O. 12958: N/A


1. Embassy London is pleased to grant country clearance to
Rongsong Jih to visit London June 2-5 to attend the
Quadripartite Annual Conference in Seismology (QUACS) held
June 3-4, 2008, at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE),
Blacknest, United Kingdom.

2. -----------------
Visit officer
Pam Tremont, Political Officer
Embassy phone is (44) 20-7894-0123 or IVG 492-0123
Fax (44) 20-7894-0117
Cell:(44) 7720 805 782

3. TDY Travelers requiring Opennet Email: please give
requests to your visit officer for London ISD at least 48
hours prior to arrival at post. The following information
must be provided: Duty Station Exchange Server Name, Duty
Station User ID, and Duty Station User Domain Name.

If a classified computer drive is required, please notify
your visit officer as soon as possible (minimum 72 hours
prior to arrival) by cable with the name and security
clearance level of the person who will be using the drive.

4. Embassy understands that no assistance is required and
that conference host has made lodging reservations for all
U.S. attendees and will provide local transportation during
the meeting.

5. Accommodation Exchange:
ATMs are widely available in London and accept most major US
ATM cards. ATM and credit card transactions obtain the best
available exchange rates. Please exercise normal precautions
(i.e. concealing PIN number) when using ATMs. Exchange
services are available from well-known firms at the airports
and train stations. In addition, the U.S. Embassy cashier is
prepared to exchange U.S. dollars for Pounds Sterling (BPS)
during their office hours for official TDYers for limited
amounts. U.S. citizen direct-hire TDYers may cash personal
checks; all others should bring cash or traveler,s checks.

6. For up-to-date information regarding health concerns
visit the internet at

7. Security Clearance:
If confirmation of the level of traveler's security clearance
was not contained in the original country clearance request,
please send it via cable to facilitate unescorted access to
the Embassy as required by 12 FAM 443.3.

8. Security Information for the United Kingdom:
Our current threat assessment indicates there are no known
direct immediate security problems that would affect travel
to mainland UK. Travelers planning to stay longer than 30
days are required to schedule a security briefing with the
RSO. For additional threat assessment information regarding
the United Kingdom and/or Europe, you may contact DS/ITA in
the State Department at (202) 663-0787.

-- Aviation security: Travelers are advised to check with
transportation security authorities to obtain current
aviation security information.

-- Terrorism. The United Kingdom is stable and modern, but
shares with the rest of the world an increased threat of
terrorist incidents of international origin, as was shown
with the bombing attack in London July 7, 2005. Visitors are
reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal
security and to exercise caution at all times. The British
Home Secretary has urged its citizens to be alert and
vigilant by, for example, keeping an eye out for suspect
packages or people acting suspiciously at Underground and
railway stations and airports, and reporting anything
suspicious to the appropriate authorities by contacting the
free anti-terrorist telephone hotline on 0800-789-321.
Travelers should regularly monitor the Department,s internet
web site at where the current
Worldwide Caution Public Announcement can be found. In
addition, if visitors notice any suspicious activity or have
any security concerns, the embassy Regional Security Officer
(RSO) should be notified as soon as possible.

From time to time during periods of heightened threat of
terrorism, the UK government deems it necessary to raise
levels of security activity. Heightened activity may include
the use of troops, who remain at all times under the control
of the police and are part of long-standing contingency
plans. Military personnel and equipment may be deployed at
airports and other transportation links, or other public

locations. For more information about UK safety initiatives,
consult the UK Civil Contingencies Secretariat website at

Political demonstrations are well policed and, except at
times in Northern Ireland, generally orderly. Although the
political situation in Northern Ireland has dramatically
improved since the signing of the Good Friday Agreements in
1998, incidents of terrorist violence have, nevertheless,
occurred in the past few years. Within Northern Ireland,
flash-points for sectarian confrontations still exist, but
they are generally removed from areas where tourists
congregate. Sporadic incidents of street violence often
erupt during the summer marching season around the July 12
public holiday. As a result, American citizens traveling in
Northern Ireland have experienced delays and disruption.

-- Street Crime: London, like other urban centers, has a
certain amount of street crime. Although on the increase,
violent criminal confrontations and the use of firearms are
relatively rare in the UK. Burglars and pickpockets are very
active and visitors are encouraged to safeguard their
valuables and not carry large amounts of cash or unneeded
credit cards. Visitors should be particularly careful on
crowded streets, in entertainment areas, in department
stores, restaurants, or on crowded public transportation.
Travelers are specifically warned not to leave valuables in
hotel rooms, regardless of the stature of the hotel.
Recently there has been a measurable increase in street
crimes involving the theft of cell phones. Visitors should
avoid as much as possible using cell phones on the streets or
in other public places. The police and other emergency
services in the UK are excellent. The nationwide telephone
number to summon emergency assistance is 999.

9. London Airport Arrival Information:

-- Heathrow Airport: The best way to get from Heathrow to
Central London is to take the Heathrow Express train. It
leaves every fifteen minutes from all Heathrow terminals.
Travel time is fifteen minutes to London's Paddington
Station. Service operates from 0510 to 2347 daily. The cost
is 14.50 pounds one-way if ticket is purchased from a kiosk
prior to boarding, or 16.50 pounds when purchased aboard the
train. Paddington Station is about a ten-minute taxi ride to
central London. Taxi (black) cab service is also available
from Heathrow to central London and the fare ranges from
60-100 pounds, but could exceed that, depending on traffic
conditions. (Prices as of March, 2006)

10. Embassy London looks forward to your visit.

Visit London's Classified Website: ed_Kingdom

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