Cablegate: Country Clearance Granted for Nsf Soconner
UNCLAS MADRID 002566
TAGS: TPHY OTRA SP NFSO
SUBJECT: Country Clearance granted for NSF SoConner
REF: SECSTATE 145249
1.Post welcomes and grants clearance to National
Science Foundation (NSF) Dr. Sally O'Conner Program
Director in the Division of Biological Infrastructure
who will attend a conference in Segovia, Spain on
September 12-17, 2004.
2. Embassy assistance is not required.
3.Visitors are reminded that bearers of diplomatic and
official passports coming to Spain on official business
need to obtain a Spanish visa prior to their arrival.
4.In general, Spain is safe. However, Madrid and other
large cities in Spain attract a number of criminals and
pickpockets and frequent incidents of crimes of
opportunity against the unwary occur. Carry only
essential items, including a photocopy of your
passport. Visitors can protect themselves from crime
by being street-smart, alert, and aware of their
surroundings. In the event you are victimized by
crime, or experience any other security-related
incident, please contact the Embassy's Regional
Security Office at (91) 587-2550. Additional
information regarding safety and security in Spain is
available on the U.S. Department of State's website
5.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.