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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Dili (Timor-Leste), Police Identification Checkpoints

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The National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) are instituting periodic checkpoints to check the identification of foreign nationals to ensure they are legally in Timor-Leste and have not overstayed their visa.  The U.S. Embassy also understands that PNTL officers are approaching foreign nationals on the street and are asking for identification.

The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens and their family members carry a photocopy of the biographical page of their passport along with a photocopy of the most recent entry stamp rather than carry their passports with them.  The U.S. Embassy recommends that citizens secure their passport in a safe location.

If you are detained by the PNTL for not having acceptable identification, please call the U.S. Embassy at +670-332-4684, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +670-7723-1328.  PNTL is required to provide consular notification of arrests.

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Timor-Leste’s Country Specific Information for Timor-Leste
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste, located at Av. de Portugal – Praia dos Coqueiros, at +670-332-4684, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +670-7723-1328.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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