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Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Usgs: Bruce Quirk And

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FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0895
INFO RUEHLA/AMCONSUL BARCELONA 2113

UNCLAS MADRID 002464

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EUR/WE
INT/USGS/RESTON/JSAFFER, JSAFFER@USGS.GOV

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA TPHY KSCA ECON SENV SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR USGS: BRUCE QUIRK AND
JENNIFER WILLEMS

REF: SECSTATE 161066

1. Embassy grants country clearance to Bruce Quirk, Physical
Scientist and Jennifer Willems, Computer Scientist, USGS to
travel to Valencia, Spain from September 29 to October 8,
2006. The purpose of the trip is to attend and participate
in the 2006 Session of The International Astronautical
Federation Congress meeting.

2. Post understands that no assistance is 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 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).

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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.
AGUIRRE

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