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Unfortunate Travel Advisory

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Unfortunate Travel Advisory

Postby KarenS » Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:51 am

From the U.S. Dept. of State Web site:

Since the beginning of 2006, there have been three reported incidents in which U.S. citizen visitors to St. Lucia staying in boutique hotels in rural areas have been robbed at gunpoint in their rooms; some of the victims were beaten, and, in the most recent case, one was raped. St. Lucia authorities detained and later released suspects in two of the three assaults. In the most recent case, the suspects were released pending the results of DNA testing. Efforts by the Saint Lucian authorities to tighten security on the island are ongoing. Visitors should inquire about their hotel’s security arrangements before making reservations. In early April, in an apparent shootout between rival gangs, several shots were fired at or near the boat-launching ramp at Rodney Bay’s popular Reduit Beach. Violence between rival gangs has been increasing, but this was the first such incident near a tourist area. Valuables left unattended on beaches are vulnerable to theft. Tourists present a target of opportunity, and they are advised to stay on the main streets, which are patrolled. Visitors should use caution, especially at night and while walking on the beach alone.

To access the full Web page go <a href="http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1027.html">here.</a>
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Travel Advisory...Not?

Postby KarenS » Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:26 am

A more recent press release:
Bridgetown, Barbados, Saturday, August 05, 2006 - The United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean would like to correct the recent report that the United States government has issued a "travel advisory" "against" St. Lucia.

As part of its responsibility to American citizens traveling abroad, the United States State Department publishes Travel Warnings, Public Announcements, and Consular Information Sheets. The United States does not issue "travel advisories."
Consular Information Sheets are issued for every country of the world. They describe entry requirements, currency regulations, unusual health conditions, the crime and security situation, political disturbances, areas of instability, and special information about driving and road conditions. They also provide addresses and emergency telephone numbers for U.S. embassies and consulates. They are updated periodically.
Recently, the Consular Information Sheet for St. Lucia, which had last been revised in December 2004, was updated to inform travelers about a series of crimes this year against U.S. citizen visitors.
Travel Warnings are issued only when a dangerous situation occurs in a country or region; they advise Americans to defer travel to that region. At the present time, there are Travel Warnings issued for 28 countries around the world. No Travel Warning has been issued for St. Lucia.
All Consular Information Sheets and Travel Warnings are available to the public at www.travel.state.gov.

This article can be found <a href="http://www.pamdemocrat.org/Newspaper/Details.cfm?Nz=%247GIJ2%20%20%20%0A&Iz=%24(2PD%23%40%20%20%0A">here</a>
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