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Cablegate: Kuwait Country Clearance Granted for Taisir

VZCZCXYZ0001
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKU #4286/01 3041154
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 311154Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD PRIORITY 0714
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7387

UNCLAS KUWAIT 004286

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

IRMO: EL-QOULAQ

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT APER OTRA KU IZ COUNTRY CLEARANCE
SUBJECT: KUWAIT COUNTRY CLEARANCE GRANTED FOR TAISIR
EL-QOULAQ

REF: BAGHDAD 004051

Embassy Kuwait welcomes and hereby grants country clearance
for Taisir El-Qouloaq to travel to post o/a October
30-November 3, 2006.

2. This clearance is not/not valid for entry into Iraq; you
must apply for Iraq clearance through Embassy Baghdad.

3. Per reftel, Post has arranged accommodation and local
transportation. A hotel reservation has been made at the
Sheraton hotel at a rate of approximately USD 267 (single
room/breakfast included). The per diem rate for Kuwait is USD
260 plus M&IE of USD 96 for a total of USD 356. The Sheraton
telephone number is (965) 835-555 (there is no final digit in
this phone number, it is correct as typed); fax number (965)
244-8035.
Embassy point of contact is:
Chris Green, Economic Officer
Office- 965-259-1373
Cell ) 965-902-5940
Fax ) 965-259-1051
Unclass E-Mail: greencr@state.gov

SIPDIS

4. Following is Post's standard guidance for visitors to
Kuwait: Kuwait now issues single-entry visas to American
citizens on arrival, upon presentation of a passport. There
is a processing fee of 2 KD for each visa issued. The fee
may be paid either in KD or USD (approximately 7 USD). Post
strongly advises travelers to carry some documentation on the
purpose of their visit. Passengers arriving on other than
commercial flights should anticipate extra delays, because
immigration services are not available on the military side
of the airfield and passports have to be carried to a
different site at the airport for processing. Airport visas
are valid for only 90 days after arrival; anyone staying
beyond this period must obtain an extension, which should be
requested 10 days prior to expiration. Anyone departing
Kuwait who has overstayed the visa will be charged a fine at
the airport of KD 10 (US$33.50) per day at the airport. All
travelers planning to visit Iraq should make sure that they
obtain exit/entry stamps for each transit through Kuwait, and
be aware that they will need to obtain a new Kuwaiti visa
upon return, even after a daytrip to Baghdad. Failure to do
so can result in heavy fines. If possible, travelers should
try to obtain a multiple-entry visa before arriving in Kuwait.

5. Visitors are reminded that the importation of alcohol,
pork products, personal firearms, and any
suggestive/pornographic materials (videotapes, magazines or
books) is strictly prohibited by Kuwaiti law. Kuwait is
still clearing mines and munitions. Visitors must remain on
major paved roads when traveling in Kuwait. Travel North of
Jahra toward the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border is not authorized
without approval from the embassy and an appropriate escort.

6. Threat Assessment: Kuwait is a high-threat post and the
military threatcon is currently Charlie. We have increased
security precautions at official U.S. installations in Kuwait
and recommend that all Americans in Kuwait remain alert to
their surroundings and review their personal security
practices.

7. Fiscal Data (action request): Each visitor to Embassy
Kuwait must bring or forward fiscal data to cover costs
incurred during the visit. Each agency, organization,
delegation or visiting individual will be charged for all
costs attributed to their visit. These costs include, but are
not limited to: LES and American staff overtime, vehicle and
equipment rental, office and medical supplies, telephone
calls, expeditor services, airport transportation and other
mileage driven, and representational events. If fiscal data
on visitor's travel authorization is to be used for this
purpose, it must be clearly spelled out and sufficient
funding must be provided.

8. Health Unit: All TDY or PCS personnel that would like to
be vaccinated against smallpox should get the vaccine in
M/MED in Washington before coming to post. The smallpox
vaccine for pre-exposure vaccination is not available at
post. There are prepositioned doses of smallpox vaccine at
post to be used only if an actual exposure occurs. The
smallpox vaccine is being offered to personnel that are
coming to work at Embassy Kuwait as a strictly voluntary
protection in case of a possible biological attack.

9. Health Advisory for Kuwait: April through October is the
hot season in Kuwait. Temperatures reach 120-140F in summer.
Caution should be taken to prevent dehydration and heat
exhaustion by 1) drinking plenty of fluids and 2) staying

indoors, especially during peak temperature hours of
12:00-15:00. Low humidity coupled with high temperatures
creates excessive moisture loss from evaporation. It is
necessary to drink 2-4 quarts of water daily to prevent
dehydration. Visitors in November through March can expect
cold winds and at times heavy rains. Light winter clothing is
suitable for Kuwait. At this time allergies and colds are
more common. Persons traveling to the area are advised to
have over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol,
Ibuprofen, cold and cough medications with them for
self-treatment.

10. Health Advisory for Iraq: Remember to bring adequate
medications and to be current on vaccines as getting medical
supplies in Iraq has been difficult. Consistent with US
military policy since January 2005, and having no cases of
malaria reported to date in US Embassy personnel, malaria
prophylaxis is not routinely recommended for Iraq. Vivax
malaria historically exists in the northern provinces of
Duhok, Erbil, Ninawa, Sulaimaniya, Tamim (May - October), and
in the south around Basrah (April - November). There is no
risk in Baghdad. Individuals that travel to those areas need
to continue to check current embassy recommendations.
Malaria must be a consideration in anyone with a fever who
has traveled to those areas. To protect against insect
bites, use insect repellents, long clothing and other
measures to prevent insect bites.

11. CAA Access: Visitors who need unescorted access into
secure areas of the mission must slug cables to the attention
of the RSO, and include the level of their clearance. The
cable should include Social Security Number, and the name of
the agency granting the clearance. Cables should include the
ASEC tag to ensure distribution to the RSO office and the
Marine Security guard at post one.

12. Computer and Electronics usage: Sensitive military
information has been located recently on business center
computers at local hotels in Kuwait City. All U.S.
Government personnel and contractors must remember that it is
their responsibility to observe good computer and information
security practices. Information processed on computers in
hotel business centers, through email correspondence or
document creation, is highly exploitable. Public computers
located in hotel business centers, internet cafes, airport
lunges, etc. should never be used to process store or
disseminate sensitive information. Compromise of sensitive
government or military information can result in serious
damage to national security. Compromises of sensitive
personal data can result in significant personal and
financial hardship. Random checks are conducted by Embassy
personnel on public PC's. Breaches in COMPUSEC will result
in the violator receiving security infractions and/or
security violations. Inter-agency security standards
prohibit the introduction or use of non-USG owned computer
hardware and software at all USG diplomatic facilities. Cell
phones, palm pilots, radios and other convenience electronics
are prohibited in all secure areas of the mission.

13. Embassy Kuwait's normal workweek is Saturday through
Wednesday. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
switchboard number is (965) 259-1001, IVG: 4950000. The after
hours number which rings at Marine Guard post one is (965)
538-2098.

14. The time difference with the East Coast of the United
States is EDT plus 7 hours (in summer) or EST plus 8 hours
(in winter).
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For more reporting from Embassy Kuwait, visit:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/nea/kuwait/?cable s

Visit Kuwait's Classified Website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/nea/kuwait/
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LeBaron

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