Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Government of Timor-Leste Immigration Operation

The Government of Timor-Leste has advised the U.S. Embassy in Dili that the Immigration Services of the Ministry of the Interior will be conducting an operation that may include setting up checkpoints and spot checks of identification, particularly for foreign residents and visitors. Although the Embassy has no other information at this time, we advise U.S. citizens to carry their passports at all times.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Timor-Leste enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you do not have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Timor-Leste For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to have travel information at your fingertips.The U.S. Embassy in Dili is located at Av. de Portugal – Praia dos Coqueiros and is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 670-332-4684. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is 670-7723-1328.