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East Timor Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

May 04, 2006

This Travel Warning is issued to alert Americans that, due to ongoing security concerns in Dili, East Timor, the Department of State has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and family members. American citizens are urged to evaluate their personal security posture and consider whether it is appropriate to remain in East Timor. The Department of State urges American citizens to defer non-essential travel to East Timor and urges those Americans currently in East Timor to consider departing in light of the information below.

Demonstrations in response to the dismissal of 595 members of the armed forces escalated into rioting and violence on April 27  30. The Embassy has received credible reports of potential communal violence and politically motivated violence. Additionally, with only one road to the airport and three daily flights out, it may be difficult to secure a flight out of East Timor. American citizens who wish to leave the country but encounter difficulties doing so should contact the Embassy.

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Dili to be alert to the potential for violence and to avoid those areas where disturbances have occurred, primarily downtown and the western suburbs, and to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.

Americans who choose to travel to Dili despite this Travel Warning should immediately register at the Embassy and obtain all recent messages sent to the American community in East Timor. The U.S. Embassy in Dili can be reached at +670 332-4684 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time or the duty officer outside business hours at +670-723-1323. The US Embassy is located on Avenida de Portugal in the Pantai Kelapa area. U.S. citizens living in or traveling to East Timor can also register through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov/, where the current Worldwide Cautions, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found. Travelers should also consult the Department of State's latest Consular information Sheet for East Timor. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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