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Cablegate: Korea Country Clearance Granted for Jean Slutsky

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FM AMEMBASSY SEOUL
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 2045

UNCLAS SEOUL 002072

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBI KSCA OTRA KN KS
SUBJECT: KOREA COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR JEAN SLUTSKY

REF: SECSTATE 111581

1. (U) Embassy Seoul welcomes and grants country clearance to Jean
Slutsky, Director, Center for Outcomes and Evidence, Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality, Public Health Service for her
official visit to South Korea on the dates of November 8-13, 2008.
The purpose of the visit is to participate in a plenary session and
workshop at the Korea-U.S. International Symposium.

CONTACT INFORMATION
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2. (U) Point of contact for the visit is Economic/EST Officer James
Waller.

Office telephone: (82)(2) 397-4159
Embassy operator (82)(2) 397-4114 then press "0"
Cell phone: (82)(11) 660-4159
Fax number: (82)(2) 397-4431
Unclassified email: WallerJM@state.gov

LODGING
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3. (U) Embassy understands that traveler has made own lodging
arrangements.

TRANSPORTATION
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4. (U) All official travelers must possess a Korean visa to enter
the country. Travelers may contact the nearest Korean
Consulate/Embassy to obtain a visa.

5. (U) There is a departure tax of 27,000 won for all non-diplomatic
passport holders. For travelers on diplomatic passports, the
departure tax should have been added to your ticket by your travel
office. If your travel office has already added the tax to the
price of your tickets you can pick up a refund when leaving Korea.
After going through immigration look for the tax refund kiosk (one
is located near Gate 28) and present your passport and tickets for a
cash refund.

6. (U) NOTE: If traveler wishes the Embassy to provide
transportation to and from meetings, please provide the appropriate
fund cite. If no fund cite is available, then the traveler will
provide his own transportation to and from meetings.

PORTABLE COMPUTER DEVICES
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7. (SBU) Personal computers may not enter Department of State
facilities. Personnel bringing official devices must advise the
Regional Security Office and Information Systems Security Office
(ext. 4244/4151), prior to bringing the equipment into the Embassy.


THREAT ASSESSMENT
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8. (U) Americans in Seoul are subject to worldwide threat from
international terrorists, although we have no information to suggest
any specific terrorists threats directed at Americans here.
Political demonstrations occur frequently in Seoul, and are
occasionally anti-American. Americans can minimize personal risk by
staying away from demonstrations and by avoiding confrontation or
altercations with protestors. While relatively infrequent by U.S.
standards, street crime does occur. Most reported crimes involve
pick-pocketing in tourist areas and are predominantly non-violent in
nature. The security precautions a person would take in any large
city are appropriate throughout South Korea.

9. (SBU) As a matter of prudence, you must assume that all rooms,
telephones, cellular phones, and fax machines can be monitored. You
should not discuss sensitive or classified information in
uncontrolled areas. Official travelers should ensure that hard-copy
and electronic sensitive information is not left in hotel rooms.
Computers, including laptops and Personal Digital Assistants, cannot
be brought into the Embassy except with prior permission from the
RSO office.

10. (U) Police are considered capable and well trained. Seoul
metropolitan authorities staff English-speaking personnel 24 hours
daily to handle local emergencies. Telephone numbers are as
follows: 112 police emergency, 119 fire and ambulance.

STEPHENS

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