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Cablegate: Spain Country Clearance for Nasa, Rhoda Hornstein

Published: Thu 7 Sep 2006 09:08 AM
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FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 0678
UNCLAS MADRID 002236
SIPDIS
SIPDIS
STATE FOR EUR/WE
STATE PASS TO NASA/OER, LHACKLEY, LISA.M.HACKLEY@NASA.GOV
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TSPA OTRA SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR NASA, RHODA HORNSTEIN
REF: SECSTATE 144454
1. Embassy grants country clearance to Rhoda Hornstein, from
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to travel to Valencia,
Spain from September 28 to October 10, 2006. The purpose of
this visit is to participate and attend the Fifty Seventh
International Astronautical Congress.
2. Post understands 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).
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.
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