Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Usgs David. V.
UNCLAS MADRID 001895
FOR EUR/WE:M.JOSLIN AND OES/STC:J.ROTTIER
STATE PLEASE PASS TO INT/USGS/RESTON/J.SAFFER
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON KSCA OTRA TPHY SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR USGS DAVID. V.
REF: A. STATE 115646
B. FAX FROM USGS DATED 05/24/04
1. Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance to U.S.
Geological Survey David V. Fitterman, Research Geophysicist,
to travel to Cartagena May 29-June 5 to represent the USGS
and present a paper at the 18th Salt Water Intrusion Meeting.
2. For futher cables please note that only American Embassy
Madrid can grant country clearances, not Barcelona as
requested on ref cable; moreover Cartagena is not in
Barcelona's consular district.
3. Embassy understands that no assistance is necessary.
4. Visitors are reminded that bearers of diplomatic and
official passports coming to Spain on official business need
to obtain a Spanish visa prior to arrival in Spain.
4. THREAT ASSESSMENT:
In general, Spain is safe. However, Madrid, Barcelona and
other large cities in Spain -- including resort/convention
areas such as Benidorm -- attract a large number of criminals
and pickpockets and frequent incidents of crime of
opportunity against the unwary do occur. Carry only
essential items including a photocopy of your passport's
photo page. Visitors can protect themselves against crime by
being street-smart, alert and aware of their surroundings.
In the event you are victimized by crime, or experience any
security-related incident, please contact the Embassy's
Regional Security Office at 91-587-2550 or after hours at
91-587-2355. Official visitors to the Embassy in Madrid or
the Consulate General in Barcelona are encouraged to receive
a security briefing from the RSO office at their earliest
convenience. Additional information regarding safety and
security in Spain is available on the U.S. Department of
State's website (http://www.state.gov) and the U.S. Embassy's
Travelers are encouraged to review the most recent Worldwide
Caution issued by the Department of State. As the Department
of State continues to develop information on any potential
security threats to Americans overseas, it shares credible
threat information through its Consular Information Program
documents, available on the Internet at
http://travel/state.gov. In addition to information on the
Internet, U.S. travelers can hear recorded information by
calling the Department of State in Washington, D.C. at
202-647-5225 from their touch-tone telephone, or receive
information by automated telefax by dialing 202-647-3000 from
their fax machine.