04 Avril 2003

We advise against all holiday and other non-essential travel to East Timor. The internal security situation is not stable and there have been some violent incidents in recent months. There is also a continuing threat to westerners from terrorism in South East Asia. You should be on your guard in public places and avoid demonstrations. Developments on Iraq and any further increase in regional tension could affect our travel advice. You should check it daily and follow developments closely.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office London



09 Décembre 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.

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.

Bureau of Consular Affairs of the United States of America






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