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Viewing cable 10MANAMA87, WELCOME STAFFDEL ANDERSON/BELZAK TO BAHRAIN (FEBRUARY 23 -

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
10MANAMA87 2010-02-22 08:08 2011-02-18 21:09 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Manama
VZCZCXRO9320
OO RUEHAT
DE RUEHMK #0087 0530815
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 220815Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY MANAMA
TO RUEHRH/AMEMBASSY RIYADH IMMEDIATE 2900
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9215
RUEHAT/AMCONSUL AMSTERDAM 0036
RUEHYN/AMEMBASSY SANAA 0745
RUEHFT/AMCONSUL FRANKFURT 3556
RUEHAD/AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI 1797
RUEHJI/AMCONSUL JEDDAH 6226
UNCLAS MANAMA 000087 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: OREP AMGT ASEC AFIN BA
 
SUBJECT:  WELCOME STAFFDEL ANDERSON/BELZAK TO BAHRAIN (FEBRUARY 23 - 
FEBRUARY 24, 2010) 
 
REF:  STATE 13486 
 
1.  Embassy Manama welcomes the visit of STAFFDEL Anderson/Belzak to Bahrain from February 23, 2010 to February 24, 2010.

2. Control Officer for the visit is Political Officer Rachel Mihm. Her office telephone number is (XXXXXXXXXXXX; mobile XXXXXXXXXXXX; home (XXXXXXXXXXXX. Email: XXXXXXXXXXXX. The Embassy's after hours number is XXXXXXXXXXXX. Post understands that the STAFFDEL will transit Bahrain and will not require hotel or other arrangements.

3. The use of digital cameras and laptops in non-CAA areas must be cleared by the RSO's office before being brought into the Embassy.

4. Please consider the following in-country administrative notes for Manama, Bahrain: a) VISAS: A visa is required for Bahrain. U.S. diplomatic and official passport holders can obtain a gratis 72-hours or a 7-day visa at the airport immigration authority. If traveler is required to stay longer, the visa can be extended. Significant penalties are charged if the visa is not extended prior to expiry. Visitors staying beyond the time limit of the visa should submit their passport for visa processing by the Embassy at least two days prior to the visa's expiration date. b) LODGING and TRANSPORTATION: Visitors must bring adequate funds to cover hotel tariffs and expenses. Hotels accept major credit cards (Amex, Visa, MasterCard). Embassy will arrange for airport expediting and transportation upon request. c) BAGGAGE: All luggage is subject to x-ray and hand inspection by Bahraini customs officials. Among items that may not be brought into Bahrain are: firearms, large knives, swords, videos of any type, and pornography. d) DRESS: Modest dress is more appropriate in Bahrain. Both men and women should avoid shorts and sleeveless attire in public, although bathing suits and shorts are acceptable at hotel facilities. e) PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographing military, religious, and government installations is forbidden, and one should ask permission before photographing Bahraini Nationals. f) LOCAL TIME: The time difference from Washington D.C. is 8 hours. The official Embassy workweek is Sunday through Thursday, 0800 to 1700.

5. Security Concerns: Manama is a high threat post for terrorism and political violence. Although there have been no terrorist attacks against either Americans or Westerners on the island, Bahrain is joined by a causeway to Saudi Arabia, a critical threat unaccompanied post. Spontaneous demonstrations take place in Bahrain from time to time in response to world events or local developments. Demonstrations are normally anti-government in nature and do not target Americans, but may turn violent and should be strictly avoided. Bahrain is very livable and generally safe, but the threat of terrorism and political violence requires embassy personnel to take active personal security measures, including remaining aware of their surroundings at all times and keeping current with local events and embassy security notices. Personnel should vary their routes and times of travel, maintain a low profile, and avoid confrontations. Any suspicious activity should be immediately reported to the Regional Security Office (RSO) along with identifying information such as license plate number, vehicle or individual descriptions, etc. The crime rate is relatively low in Bahrain. Unlocked doors, open windows, building wallets, or unsecured purses may invite crimes of opportunity. Common sense precautions necessary in any major metropolitan area are appropriate for Bahrain. Contact the RSO directly at DS XXXXXXXXXXXX if you have any security-related questions prior to arrival. Americans should note this information when traveling to Bahrain. ERELI