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Cablegate: Kuwait Country Clearance Granted for General David

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P 181333Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD PRIORITY 1253
INFO RHMFISS/USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL PRIORITY
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1694
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEHKU/OMC-K KUWAIT KU PRIORITY

UNCLAS KUWAIT 000697

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KU IZ OTRA APER
SUBJECT: KUWAIT COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR GENERAL DAVID
PETRAEUS AND DELEGATION TO TRAVEL TO KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT ON
22 JUNE 2008

REF: BAGHDAD 1815

1. Embassy Kuwait welcomes and grants country clearance for
General David Petraeus and delegation to travel to Kuwait
City on June 22-25, 2008 to engage with key Kuwaiti leaders
to provide an update on the security, stability, and the
broad spectrum of coalition operations in support of OIF.

2. Visit Officer: An Embassy visit officer will meet and
assist you at the airport.

Dew Tiantawach, Political Officer
Office- (965) 259-1457
Cell- (965) 760-1754
Fax- (965) 259-1051
Unclass e-mail: TiantawachYD@state.gov

3. Lodging: Accommodations details will follow.

4. 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 EST 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 120-140F 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
12:00-15;00. 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 11:00 to 1:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. At
the current rate of exchange, one Kuwaiti Dinar (KD) is
equivalent to approximately USD 3.7.

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.

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For more reporting from Embassy Kuwait, visit:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/nea/kuwait/?cable s

Visit Kuwait's Classified Website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/nea/kuwait/
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MISENHEIMER

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