COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  10/04/2021

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

A State of Emergency (SOE) is in effect for all of Timor-Leste through 23:59 on October 29.  During this period, airports, ports, and land borders will remain temporarily closed, with the following exceptions:

  • Timorese citizens can re-enter
  • Transit of diplomatic or consular personnel, members of international organizations and bilateral cooperation agencies, workers in the petroleum sector, and other international workers whose work is relevant to Timor-Leste’s national interest;
  • Operation of medical evacuation; and,
  • International transportation of goods.

Specific requirements of the SOE include:

  • Individuals permitted to enter the country who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days in facilities approved by the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health.  Individuals possessing documentation certifying full vaccination against COVID-19 may be exempted from the 14-day quarantine.  However, following arrival, fully vaccinated individuals must provide a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours and may be required to quarantine until such time.  U.S. citizens are advised to contact their local Timorese Embassy or Consulate to confirm requirements, including duration of quarantine periods.
  • Prior to the termination of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for those not fully vaccinated, individuals will be subject to COVID-19 testing.  Individuals must provide a negative COVID-19 test result and be cleared by the Ministry of Health before they will be authorized to leave quarantine.
  • COVID-19 testing is required of anyone who enters the national territory and presents any of the symptoms:  body temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius, cough, sore throat, cold, respiratory distress, or shortness of breath.  If they are diagnosed with COVID-19, they are obliged to undergo therapeutic isolation.
  • In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak, individuals residing in Timor-Leste will be subject to COVID-19 testing or to present certification of full vaccination.All persons wishing to leave the country will be subject to health controls, by measuring body temperatures or other means of diagnosis.
  • Individuals who are infected with COVID-19 or who are under the supervision of health authorities will remain in compulsory government-administered quarantine for 14 days or until medical discharge in a health establishment or in a state isolation center.

Services are generally available but limited due to SOE restrictions; preventative measures, such as wearing a protective mask, regular hand washing, and maintaining at least five feet from others, are in place.

Further information about the current SOE, including exceptions, is available here.

 COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Timor-Leste?  Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours?  Yes
  • At the time of this update, Timorese citizens and foreign nationals who are referred by a doctor for COVID-19 testing can obtain testing at the National Hospital, free of charge. Those seeking to test or experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms should call 119.
  • COVID-19 testing is available through the National Health Laboratory (NHL) for those needing certification for international travel.  The NHL testing fee is $40.  The average turn-around time for PCR results is 24 hours, but the NHL cannot guarantee results within that period.  Travelers should obtain instructions, including about payment and test scheduling, from the Lab at least two days before departure.  Payment must be made prior to swab collection and testing.  The NHL is open from 08:00 to 17:00 Monday through Friday.  Contact the NHL about testing, results, and possible afterhours services by calling +670-7837-2676 or emailing nhl.rdtl04@gmail.com.  Test results in English can be obtained directly from the NHL or sent via email.
  • Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 testing conditions are current as of the time of this update.  Fees and services are subject to change; therefore, please confirm pricing when scheduling an appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Timor-Leste approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • Which vaccines are available in Timor-Leste?  Timor-Leste uses the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccine, and its vaccination program commenced on April 7.
  • The Timor-Leste Ministry of Health announces COVID-19 updates on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MinisteriodaSaudeTL.
  • The GOTL COVID-19 website also provides information:  https://covid19.gov.tl/en/notisia/.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 Entry and Exit Requirements:

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes, but in very limited instances.

  • The GOTL has temporarily closed its airports, ports, and land borders to all individuals through 23:59 on October 29.  Limited exceptions apply.  U.S. citizens must seek and receive approval to enter Timor-Leste prior to their entry.  The pre-approval request, along with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, should be submitted to the nearest Timorese Embassy or Consulate or to the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for exit? Yes, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, pre-departure COVID-19 testing is required.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
  • Individuals illegally entering Timor-Leste will be subject to a fine of up to $250 to cover expenses related to the relevant quarantine period applied based on vaccination status, in addition to relevant penalties for illegal entry.
  • Licenses, authorizations, and other administrative acts and documents remain valid regardless of the expiration date during the State of Emergency.

 Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
  • All individuals who have any of the following symptoms – fever greater than 37.5 degrees Celsius, cough, and/or breathing difficulties – are prohibited from boarding buses, ships, or aircrafts and must complete the Mandatory Medical Declaration form.  They will be taken to a health facility for COVID-19 testing; positive cases will be subject to therapeutic isolation.
  • For additional information about COVID-19 travel restrictions in Timor-Leste, contact the Integrated Crisis Management Center:

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine upon arrival in Timor-Leste? Quarantine requirement depends on vaccination status and prior travel. Those not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days in facilities approved by the Ministry of Health.  Individuals able to demonstrate full vaccination against COVID-19 may be exempted from mandatory quarantine upon arrival.  However, after arrival, fully vaccinated individuals must provide a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours and may be required to quarantine until such time.  U.S. citizens are advised to contact their local Timorese Embassy or Consulate to confirm requirements and for additional information.  Additional information about the current SOE, including quarantine provisions, is available here and below:
    • Individuals who are infected with COVID-19 or who are under the supervision of health authorities will remain in compulsory confinement for 14 days or until medical discharge in a health establishment or in a state isolation center.
    • Prior to the termination of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for individuals not fully vaccinated, they will be subject to COVID-19 testing.  Individuals must provide a negative COVID-19 test result and be cleared by the Ministry of Health before they will be authorized to leave quarantine.

  Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?  No. 
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes.
    • All individuals who have any of the following symptoms – fever greater than 37.5 degrees Celsius, cough, and/or breathing difficulties – are prohibited from boarding buses, ships, or aircrafts and must complete the Mandatory Medical Declaration form.  They will be taken to a health facility for COVID-19 testing; positive cases will be subject to therapeutic isolation.

 Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Individuals may be referred to the Office of the Prosecutor General for non-compliance regarding the wearing of protective masks, social distancing, movement restrictions, or other measures.  Visitors are recommended to monitor the local news and other local resources for updates on enforcement measures.

 Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services:  In addition to offering emergency services, the Embassy provides routine services for U.S. citizens.  If you are a U.S. citizen and in need of emergency or routine services, please contact ConsDili@state.gov.
  • Visa Services:  Non-immigrant visa services at the Embassy are extremely limited (primarily A and G visa categories) and these services are themselves limited.  Please contact ConsDili@state.gov with visa-related inquiries.

 Local Resources:

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