Cablegate: Country Clearance Granted for Consular

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E.O. 12958: N/A


1. Embassy Madrid grants country clearance and
welcomes Harris Orkand information services
contractors Timothy Curran, Fernando Canarte, and
Nancy Rapin to Barcelona, Spain, from September 28 to
October 15, 2004.

2. Your hotel information is:

Hotel Princesa Sofia
Plaza Pio XII, 4
Tel: 34-93-508-1000
Rate: 160.00 euros (196.31 dollars) (Vat not included)
Breakfast included

3. Control officers for this visit in Barcelona are
David Cummings, Admin Officer and Linda Eichblatt,
Consular Officer. Office hours are 08:30 a.m. - 1:30
p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Consulate General
address is:

Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23
08034 Barcelona
tel. (34)(93) 280-2227
ext. 273
cell phone nos. David Cummings (34) 626-034076
Linda Eichblatt (34) 649-295952

4. Post is unable to meet and assist. Taxi
transportation from the airport in Barcelona is safe
and reliable. The approximate cost in Barcelona is 17
euros (21 dollars).

5. RSO grants permission for the unclassified laptop
to be brought into the consular section. Please be
advised that no interface should be made between any
USG in-house system and the laptop without the
clearance of the IPO.

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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/ 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.

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