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East Timor Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Oct 23, 2002

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the continued need to take appropriate security precautions while traveling in or to East Timor. This supersedes the Public Announcement for East Timor of June 28, 2002. It expires on April 17, 2003.

American citizens traveling to East Timor should exercise caution, avoid large gatherings, and remain alert with regard to their personal security. In particular, in light of recent attacks in Southeast Asia, Americans should exercise extreme caution especially in public places, including clubs, restaurants, bars, hotels, schools, places of worship, outdoor recreational venues and other locations frequented by foreigners.

We recommend that 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. 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 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 sea front 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://, to obtain consular information and updated information on the security situation.

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