East Timor Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Apr 03, 2002
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the
continued need to take appropriate security precautions while traveling in
East Timor. This supersedes the Public Announcement for East Timor of
October 22, 2001 that expires March 31, 2002. This Public Announcement
expires June 30, 2002.
American citizens traveling to East Timor should exercise caution, avoid
large gatherings, and remain alert with regard to their personal security.
On August 30, 2001, East Timor held its first election since gaining
independence from Indonesia in 1999. East Timor is under the authority of
the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) and
will remain so until it becomes an independent nation on May 20, 2002.
While violence erupted throughout East Timor after the United
Nations-sponsored independence referendum in 1999, stability has been
reestablished throughout the territory.
While the security situation has improved, East Timor has continued 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. Additionally, travelers should
avoid areas along the border between East and West Timor. Militia
incursions have occurred in the western districts of East Timor, and
travelers wishing to visit these areas are encouraged to consult UN
authorities in Dili before departing. Travelers to East Timor should be
aware that suitable
accommodations outside of Dili are virtually non-existent.
Until East Timor becomes an independent nation and a fully-functioning
consular section is established, all Americans resident or traveling in East
Timor are encouraged to visit the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta's web site at
www.usembassyjakarta.org to register and to obtain updated information on
the security situation. Registration may also be completed at the Embassy in
person or by fax (62-21-385-7189). The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta may be
reached at tel. 62-21-3435-9000. The United States currently maintains a
representative office in Dili, which can provide limited emergency services
to American citizens. The U.S. representative office is located in the sea
front Farol district of Dili,
tel. (670) 390-313-205, fax (670) 390-313-206.