East Timor Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Dec 10, 2002
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to recent
violent demonstrations in East Timor. U.S citizens are reminded of the
continued need to take appropriate security precautions while traveling in
or to East Timor. This supersedes the Public Announcement for East Timor of
October 23, 2002. It expires June 23, 2003.
American citizens traveling to East Timor should exercise caution, avoid
large gatherings, and remain alert with regard to their personal security.
Citizens should also remain alert to the possibility that curfews may be
imposed from time to time. Additionally, in light of recent attacks in
Southeast Asia, Americans should exercise extreme caution especially in
public places, including clubs, restaurants, bars, schools, places of
worship, outdoor recreational events, hotels, resorts and beaches and other
locations frequented by foreigners. For more information on terrorist
threats against Americans worldwide, and steps that U.S. citizens should
take as a result of these threats, please see the Worldwide Public
Announcement and the Southeast Asia Public Announcement at
We recommend travelers to East Timor transit through Darwin, Australia. We
do not recommend transiting through Bali, Indonesia, and refer travelers to
the Travel Warning and Consular Information Sheet for Indonesia.
On May 20, 2002, East Timor became an independent nation governed by the
people of East Timor. East Timor was previously under the authority of the
United Nations, and the United Nations continues to maintain command
authority over the police and the military.
East Timor continues to experience problems with criminal activity, both
violent and non-violent. Most of the crime occurs in the capital, Dili,
with expatriates sometimes targeted by muggers and burglars. Americans are
strongly encouraged to exercise caution, particularly at night, and in unlit
or secluded areas.
Travelers wishing to visit areas outside the capital should consult the U.S.
Embassy in Dili before departing. Travelers to East Timor should be aware
that suitable accommodations outside of Dili are virtually non-existent.
The U.S. Embassy in Dili is able to provide only limited emergency services
to American citizens. The U.S. Embassy is located on the seafront in the
Farol district of Dili, tel. (670) 390-324-684, fax (670) 390-313-206.
Registration may be completed in person at the Embassy or by fax. Most
non-emergency consular services are provided by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta,
Indonesia. All Americans resident or traveling in East Timor are encouraged
to visit the U.S. Embassy Jakarta's website,
http://www.usembassyjakarta.org, to obtain consular information and updated
information on the security situation.