US embassy cable - 05LIMA1191


Identifier: 05LIMA1191
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Origin: Embassy Lima
Created: 2005-03-10 13:54:00
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E.O. 12958: N/A 
REF: STATE 037227 
1.(U) The Embassy grants country clearance for the visit to 
Peru of Xiomara Creque Bromberg, Senior Business 
Development Officer and Paul J. Tumminia, Director of Latin 
America, Exim Bank, from March 12-16, 2005.  The purpose of 
their visit is to maximize outreach and to promote Ex-Im 
Bank programs. Hotel reservations have been made at the 
Lima Marriott Hotel, telephone number (511) 217-7000, Fax 
(511) 217-7100. Rate is $119.00 + 10 percent tax. 
Airport/hotel transfer is $25. 
When departing Lima by air, the Republic of Peru imposes an 
airport departure tax on any outbound passenger of 28.24 
Dollars for international flights and 5.04 Dollars for 
domestic flights. 
Point of contact will be Margaret Hanson-Muse, office 
telephone number (51)(1)434-3040 or (51)(1)618-2442, home 
telephone (51)(1)372-3140, cellular phone number 
(51)(1)9788-9401, Embassy after hours direct line for 
Marine Security Guard is (51)(1)618-2936. The Embassy 
address is Av. La Encalada, cuadra 17, in the Monterrico 
Sur section of Lima.  Control officer should be notified as 
soon as possible upon arrival in country if you are not met 
at the airport. 
State Department TDY visitors requiring OpenNet-Plus Systems 
access during their stay should directly contact George K. 
Philpott, ISO, in advance of their arrival so a computer 
account can be created if needed. 
Any employee who intends to bring U.S. Government portable 
microcomputers (laptops) for use in CAA or non-CAA areas 
must notify post's ISSO and RSO in advance of travel.  12 
FAH-6 h-314 prohibits the installation or use of any 
privately owned computer in a government building where 
classified information is processed or stored.  Accordingly, 
post policy prohibits Personal Electronic Devices (PED), 
Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) e.g. "Palm Pilots", MP-3 
players, etc. within the Chancery facility.  Such devices 
are never authorized in CAA spaces and are not authorized 
connectivity within OpenNet unclassified or classified 
networks, or stand-alone classified PCs.  Personnel who wish 
to bring PDAs authorized under the Department of State's 
Secure Wireless Extended Enterprise Technology (SWEET) 
program into the Chancery must notify Post's ISSO and RSO in 
advance of travel.  Find information concerning the SWEET 
program at  Please refer to 03 
STATE 286036 for detailed guidance regarding Post's 
Information Systems security requirements. 
To ensure full protection for travelers, the mission 
requires that all visitors eligible for official/diplomatic 
passports use them with appropriate visa.  Travelers should 
not use tourist passports.  In exceptional cases where 
official travelers must use tourist passports/visas, 
specific authorization must be obtained in advance.  Foreign 
citizens bearing tourist passports who come to Peru to work, 
either officially or in technical or cultural cooperation, 
must enter the country with an official work visa. 
DOD personnel on personal travel must use a tourist 
passport.  If official visitors arrive via military ship, a 
passport is not required unless the individual is required 
to exit Peru via commercial or military air.  If an official 
visitor is a Peruvian National serving in the U.S. Armed 
Forces, a valid Peruvian (maroon) passport is absolutely 
necessary in all cases in order for the individual to enter 
or exit Peru.  Proof of residency in the U.S. (green card) 
is required for return to the U.S.  All visas for onward 
travel should be obtained prior to arrival in Peru. 
Post reminds all TDY personnel requesting country clearance 
for temporary duty of 30 days or more of the requirement to 
complete mandatory personal security training effective 
January 1, 2005.  Personnel requesting country clearance for 
periods of 30 days or more must certify that they have or 
will complete the required training prior to their travel, 
or may request a waiver as per the above policy.  For 
extended TDY requests, individual bureaus (not the Bureau of 
Human Resources) are responsible for ensuring that their 
staff, in all employment categories (Civil Service, Foreign 
Service, WAE, PSC, etc.), meets the training requirement. 
See 04 State 66580 for more information about the mandatory 
personal security training requirement. 
Country clearance is granted for travel to non-Embassy 
restricted areas only.  Visitors who plan to travel to 
Embassy restricted areas must request Post approval upon 
arrival.  A list of these areas can be obtained from the 
RSO.  It is imperative that the Mission be notified 
immediately of delays or changes in plans or itinerary. 
Personnel must not change hotels without first notifying 
control officer.  The State Department has designated Peru 
as high threat for indigenous terrorism, medium threat for 
transnational terrorism and political violence, and critical 
threat for crime.  Two terrorist groups operate in Peru: 
Sendero Luminoso (SL) and Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac 
Amaru (MRTA).  Both organizations continue to be potential 
threats and have targeted U.S. facilities in the past.  Due 
to GOP efforts, the activities of the SL and MRTA have been 
greatly reduced and are now largely confined to rural areas. 
Overland travel outside of Lima and other large cities 
during the hours of darkness is prohibited due to unsafe 
road conditions and the threat of armed criminals. 
Terrorist groups operate with relative impunity in some 
interior areas and are known to target vehicular traffic. 
Crime is a serious problem in metropolitan Lima and popular 
tourist areas such as Arequipa, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu. 
Most crimes involve petty theft, pickpocketing, bag 
slashing, grab-and-run, and theft from occupied and 
unoccupied vehicles.  More violent crimes include armed 
robbery, carjacking, and choke-and-rob.  Criminals 
frequently react violently when resistance is encountered. 
In almost all instances it is advisable not to offer 
resistance.  Most areas of downtown Lima are dangerous and 
should be avoided during the hours of darkness.  Visitors 
are cautioned to remain alert to their surroundings at all 
times, particularly when in crowded areas, such as on public 
transportation, at outdoor markets, and at tourist sites. 
Countermeasures against crime also protect against 
terrorism.  Special care should be exercised at the Jorge 
Chavez International Airport in Callao.  Criminals frequent 
this area, especially at night, and are known to target 
foreigners both inside and outside the terminal. 
Security briefings are mandatory for all official visitors 
to Peru.  Briefings are given in the RSO Conference Room at 
the Embassy, on Wednesdays, promptly at 9:00 a.m. 
5.  (U) ICASS TDY Policy and Action Request: 
Each visitor, regardless of length of stay, must 
bring/forward fiscal data to pay for direct costs of the 
visit.  Each agency, organization, or visiting delegation 
will be charged for the actual costs attributed to their 
visit.  Direct charge costs include, but are not limited to: 
American and LES staff overtime (e.g., expediter, 
accommodation exchange, representational event support), 
field travel-lodging and M&IE by Embassy employees, vehicle 
rentals, long distance telephone calls, equipment rentals, 
office supplies and all other costs that are directly 
attributable to the visit.  Also, for TDYers over thirty 
(30) days, there is a charge for ICASS support services.  If 
your sponsoring agency is not signed up for ICASS services 
at post, please be prepared to sign a MOU for ICASS support 
services upon arrival.  The agency should provide post with 
a written communication, generated by the traveler's 
headquarters that confirms the agency will pay ICASS charges 
for the TDYers, provides the agency ICASS billing code the 
TDY support charges should be applied to, and authorizes the 
traveler to sign the ICASS invoice generated by the TDY 
module.  Where travel is urgent, the TDYers should bring 
this documentation with them to ensure there are no 
interruptions in the provision of service.  Post will not 
provide any service to a TDYer staying in excess of thirty 
days without provision of this documentation before day 31 
of the TDY. 
Travelers to the jungle areas of Peru should have up-to-date 
yellow fever vaccine and malaria prophylaxis for chloroquine- 
resistant strains of malaria.  Primary prevention against 
malaria and dengue fever includes avoiding the mosquito 
vectors of these diseases: using insect repellant, 
appropriate protective clothing, and bed netting. Hepatitis 
A and B vaccinations are strongly recommended for all 
persons before coming to Peru. Rabies is present in country, 
and those individuals whose work and/or leisure activities 
might expose them to wild animals or feral dogs should 
consider receiving the rabies vaccine. Travelers 
diarrhea/dysentery is quite common in Peru. Visitors should 
substitute bottled beverages for potentially contaminated 
water.  Fish, shellfish, and vegetables should not be eaten 
unless well cooked, and all food should be eaten while still 
hot.  Fruits with a peel are generally safe, provided they 
are peeled before being eaten. Typhoid vaccine is also 
recommended. Cholera is endemic in Peru and disease rates 
reach high levels from January to May--the same food and 
bottled water precautions apply.  Travelers planning to 
travel to high altitude areas of Peru, such as Cuzco, Machu 
Picchu, and Puno, should consult with their health care 
provider first, and be fully aware of the health dangers of 
high altitudes and measures to minimize these dangers. 
All employees, including WAEs and Civil Service Employees, 
who are in TDY status for more than 60 days (cumulatively) 
in a calendar year are required to have up-to-date medical 
clearances from the Office of Medical Services (Ref: 
SecState 243096) in order to receive full State Department 
medical benefits including: 
--Fully cleared TDY personnel receive supplemental medical 
coverage from M/MED for conditions that arise overseas. This 
coverage is in addition to, but does not replace, private 
insurance coverage; 
--Fully cleared TDY employees are eligible for full MEDEVAC 
benefits should it become necessary to transport them from 
their assigned posts for medical reasons by other than 
standard commercial carrier; 
--Fully cleared TDY personnel are entitled to use the 
facilities of the Medical Unit at post on the same basis as 
other permanently assigned personnel. 
It is important to understand that if an employee is at a 
post without a medical clearance and the embassy medical 
provider determines that the employee has a condition that 
cannot be adequately cared for at that post, the employee 
may not be granted access to the embassy medical unit. 
Moreover, an employee at post without a medical clearance is 
not/not covered under M/MED for medical evacuation. While 
M/MED cannot provide MEDEVAC coverage for TDY employees 
without full clearances, private MEDEVAC insurance is 
available at reasonable cost and the employee is strongly 
encouraged to purchase the insurance. Private air ambulance 
medevacs can cost upwards of $100,000. In addition, it is 
important for the employee to review private health 
insurance coverage. Many HMO type policies do not cover 
hospitalization costs incurred outside of the USA. The 
employee will need to have a policy type that will reimburse 
them for medical expenses overseas. 
A medical clearance can be obtained as follows: 
If the WAE or other TDY employee lives in the Washington, DC 
area, they can schedule a medical clearance exam by calling 
(202) 663-1779 or e-mail to 
Availability of examination dates depends on demand and 
M/MED's standard priorities. If the exam is conducted in 
Washington, there is no cost to the employee. If the 
employee lives outside Washington, they may have their 
medical clearance exam performed by a private doctor. TheWAE 
or TDY employee can obtain the forms that the doctor needs 
to complete by calling (202) 663-1668. Clearance exams 
performed outside of MED are at the expense of the employee. 
Contractors or other long-term TDY employees who are not 
direct-hire USG employees are not covered under the 
Department of State Medical Program and so would, in 
general, fit under the guidelines above for TDY employees 
without a medical clearance. They are not covered by M/MED 
for medevac and should be covered by medevac insurance 
through their contracting company. Access of these employees 
to the embassy medical units is a post decision made by the 
Chief of Mission or his designate acting upon the advice of 
the Regional Medical Officer. Please contact the Embassy 
Health Unit for further details. 
Employees working TDY for less than 60 cumulative days 
annually are not required to have medical clearances and are 
not covered under the procedures above. Unfortunately these 
short-term TDY employees frequently may have significant 
health problems that may be exacerbated by overseas travel 
or work and that may require a level of medical care that is 
not available at the post where the TDY employees are 
working.  As with any international traveler on personal or 
business travel, these employees should consult with their 
personal physician regarding the safety or advisability of 
this travel. 

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