East Timor Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Jul 01, 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 Public Announcement supersedes the Public Announcement for
East Timor of March 29, 2002, and it expires on December 6, 2002.
American citizens traveling to East Timor should exercise caution, avoid
large gatherings, and remain alert with regard to their personal security.
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. While violence erupted
throughout East Timor after the United Nations-sponsored independence
referendum in 1999, stability has been reestablished throughout the
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, and in unlit or secluded areas.
Additionally, travelers wishing to visit areas outside the capital are
encouraged to consult the U.S. Embassy in Dili before departing. Travelers
East Timor should be aware that suitable accommodations outside of Dili are
The United States Embassy in Dili provides limited emergency services to
American citizens. The U.S. Embassy is located on the sea front in the
Farol District of Dili,
tel. (670) 390-324-684, fax (670) 390-313-206. Registration may be
completed at the Embassy in person or by fax. Until the U.S. Embassy in
East Timor has a fully functioning consular section, most consular services
will continue to be 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 on Jakarta's website at http://www.usembassyjakarta.org to
obtain consular information and updated information on the security