Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Situation Around Tembagapura

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens to recent shootings near Tembagapura, Papua, Indonesia.  Media reports indicate armed attackers have carried out a series of shootings in the area since August 2017, resulting in the death of 2 people and 13 injuries.  More than 1,000 local residents have been evacuated from the area.  The area where the attacks have occurred is adjacent to the Cartensz Mountain range, a popular hiking destination.  U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted from traveling to Papua Province without prior approval from our security office.

U.S. citizens should avoid non-essential travel to areas around Tembagapura and are reminded to review personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  In the event of an attack or evacuation, U.S. citizens near Tembagapura should obey instructions from Indonesian military, police, and civil authorities.

For further information about security in Indonesia:

  • See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide CautionTravel Warnings and Alerts, and Indonesia Country Specific Information.
  • 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 Jakarta located at Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan No. 3-5, Jakarta. The telephone number is +62-21-3435-9055/9054.  The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +62-21-3435-9000 (press 0 for the operator).  The American Citizens Services Unit of the Embassy email is
  • Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya located at Jalan Citra Raya Niaga No. 2, Surabaya.  The telephone number is +62-31-297-5300.  The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +62-81-133-4183.  The American Citizens Services Unit of the Consulate General email is
  • 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).
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy on Twitter and Facebook
  • Follow the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.