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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,, to obtain consular information and updated information on the security situation.

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