East Timor Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

May 24, 2005

This Travel Warning is being updated to alert Americans that, due to ongoing security concerns in Dili, East Timor, the U.S. Embassy has been granted ordered departure status. Family members and non-emergency American employees have been ordered to depart East Timor. The Department of State urges American citizens to defer travel to East Timor. Americans currently in East Timor should consider departing in light of the current security situation. This supersedes the Travel Warning issued on May 4, 2006.

The Department of State is concerned by the threat to the personal safety of Americans in East Timor due to continued communal and politically motivated violence. Demonstrations in response to the dismissal of 595 members of the armed forces escalated into rioting and violence on April 27 - 30. Additionally, with only one road to the airport and three daily flights out, we urge American citizens to make travel plans without delay. American citizens who wish to leave the country but encounter difficulties doing so should contact the Embassy.

The Department of State urges American citizens to defer travel to East Timor and that Americans currently in East Timor consider departing in light of the current security situation. Americans who choose to travel to Dili despite this Travel Warning should be alert to the potential for violence and to avoid those areas where disturbances have occurred, primarily downtown Dili, Becora, the western suburbs, and Fatuahi. We urge American citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. Any American citizens remaining in or traveling to East Timor are advised immediately to 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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