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Message for U.S. Citizens: Timor-Leste, Second Round of Presidential Elections

East Asia & Pacific > Timor-Leste

The campaign period for the second round of the presidential election in Timor-Leste has been peaceful.  However, U.S. citizens resident in or visiting Timor-Leste should be aware that there could be heightened tensions, spontaneous demonstrations, and/or potential violent incidents without prior notice during the remaining period leading up to and immediately after the April 16 presidential polls. 


You should exercise caution and avoid large crowds during this period.  If a violent incident breaks out, leave the area as quickly as circumstances permit and alert the local police.  You should carry your cell phone with emergency contacts pre-programmed with you at all times.  Keep your car windows closed and doors locked.  We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can change quickly and potentially upgrade into violence.


You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Dili web site (http:\\  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well or you can download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App for travel information at your fingertips.  If you don't have Internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 


If you are going to live in or travel to Timor-Leste, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date, including your current phone number and email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.  We recommend that you also send an email to after enrolling to ensure that you are on our list.


The U.S. Embassy in Dili is located at Avenida de Portugal, Praia dos Coqueiros, Dili (tel. +670-332-4684.)  The Consular Section of the Embassy can be reached via the main telephone line or at  The Embassy is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call the Embassy duty officer at +670-723-1328.