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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 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, 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 to East Timor should be aware that suitable accommodations outside of Dili are virtually non-existent.

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 situation.

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