Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Dhhs/Fda Maria Chan
221603Z Dec 04
UNCLAS MADRID 004831
PLEASE PASS TO DHHS/FDA
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TBIO OTRA SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR DHHS/FDA MARIA CHAN
REF: STATE 270266
1. Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance to Maria
Chan, Team Leader, Center for Devices and Radiological
Health, FDA, DHHS to travel to Valencia, January 22-26, 2005.
The purpose of this visit is to attend a meeting and be a
speaker at the Fundacion Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias,
1st Spanish Congress on Pharmacogetics and Pharmacogenomics
2. Embassy understands that no assistance is necessary.
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 arrival to 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 (www.embusa.es).
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.