Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Usitc Staff Baumert
211637Z Mar 05
UNCLAS MADRID 001103
STATE PLEASE PASS TO US INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD ASEC OTRA
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR USITC STAFF BAUMERT
REF: STATE 48329
1. Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance to USITC
staff members Jennifer Baumert and Laura Bloodgood to travel
to Madrid, April 14-19, to meet with Spanish private sector
and government officials to discuss renewable energy-related
2. Control Officer is Economic Officer Ken Forder who can be
reached at, work: (34)91-587-2385; cellular: 34-6506-22426;
home: (34)91-759-7867; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Reservations have been made (per diem US$230 plus $117
M&IE) at 165 Euros per night (Exchange approx. US$0.75) at
Hotel Melia Galgos located at Calle Claudio Coello 139, 28006
Madrid. Tel. (34) 91-562-6600; Fax: (34) 91-562-7519. Hotel
is one block from the Embassy.
4. Translation services have also been arranged not to
exceed 1,358 Euros for full day service April 15 and 18.
5. 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.
6. 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.