COVID-19 Information

Timor-Leste:  COVID-19

April 29, 2020

  • Crisis Preparedness:
  • Country-Specific Information:
    • A State of Emergency is in effect through May 27. Specific requirements of the State of Emergency include:
        • Public transportation travel and vehicles containing multiple passengers are reportedly restricted from traveling between districts.  F-FDTL, PNTL, and MOH officials have established check points across the country to enforce travel restrictions and social distancing policies.  PNTL is also enforcing social distancing rules at checkpoints within Dili.
        • Foreigners are no longer authorized to enter Timor-Leste.  Exceptions include permanent residents of Timor-Leste, those who were born in Timor-Leste, those responsible for transporting and releasing goods (with restrictions to remain in the “international zone” of airports, seaports, and land borders), those who are legal representatives of Timorese minors, and those who work on oil rigs in the Timor Sea.  The Prime Minister may allow additional exemptions on a case-by-case basis.
        • Entrants to Timor-Leste will be subject to mandatory isolation for a minimum of fourteen days.
        • Those people not in mandatory isolation, those who do not have a job, or those who have been exempted from working at their normal location must remain in their residence.
        • Persons leaving their residence must travel alone, maintain a distance of one meter (three feet) from others, and avoid gatherings of people.
        • Everyone must wash or sanitize their hands before entering commercial establishments or service providing facilities, wear a mask that protects their mouth and nose, and maintain a distance of one meter (three feet) from others.  This applies to stores, markets, and other venues.
        • Individuals will be prevented from entering a premise if they register a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) or above, and the establishment is required to report any such individuals to health authorities.
        • Public transportation services, including microlets, buses, and ferries are suspended.
        • Meetings or demonstrations of more than five people are prohibited, including social, cultural, sporting, and religious gatherings.
        • Licenses and authorizations, including visas granted to foreigners living and working in Timor-Leste, will remain valid for as long as these State of Emergency measures remain in force, regardless of the stated expiration date
  • Entry and Exit Requirements:
    • Timor-Leste will temporarily close its borders and no longer allow travelers, regardless of citizenship, to enter or exit the country beginning April 13 until further notice.  Exemptions will require approval from the Prime Minister’s Office.
    • Foreigners are no longer authorized to enter Timor-Leste.  Exceptions include permanent residents of Timor-Leste, those who were born in Timor-Leste, those responsible for transporting and releasing goods (with restrictions to remain in the “international zone” of airports, seaports, and land borders), those who are legal representatives of Timorese minors, and those who work on oil rigs in the Timor Sea.  The Prime Minister may allow additional exemptions on a case-by-case basis.
    • Entrants to Timor-Leste will be subject to mandatory isolation for a minimum of fourteen days.
    • Australia has implemented travel restrictions for all non-Australian passport holders with few exemptions for permanent residents and immediate family members.  If you wish to transit through Australia and do not automatically meet exemption categories, you are able to apply for an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner to travel back to the United States.  This includes if you would like to depart on the April 2 flight to Darwin, noting that your exemption must be approved before you can travel.
    • According to the Australian Northern Territory Government, all travelers arriving in Darwin (international and interstate), including those wishing to eventually transit on to other destinations, will be subject to mandatory isolation for 14 days at a government-chosen accommodation/hotel.  Arrivals after April 3 will be required to comply with mandatory isolation for 14 days at their own expense in a government-chosen accommodation/hotel.
    • If onward transit requires a domestic flight to a second or third Australian airport, travelers will need to complete the entire 14-day mandatory isolation before departing Darwin.  If onward transit directly from Darwin is on an international flight, travelers are currently able to transit immediately or leave mandatory isolation once a flight is scheduled to depart.  Please note that this advice is subject to change in this fast-moving policy environment.  For more information on the most up to date Australian travel restrictions, please consult the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
    • Flights from Dili to Bali have been suspended during the State of Emergency until at least April 26.  If flights do reopen, travelers may still be required to obtain visas from the Indonesian Embassy.  The Indonesian Embassy is only accepting visa applications in the mornings.  U.S. citizens are advised to contact the Indonesian Embassy with additional questions.  Indonesian visa applications require health certificates issued by Guido Valadares National Hospital.  Visit the website of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information on these new measures.
    • Singapore has barred admission to non-Singaporean citizens, including those transiting on to other countries, and flights to Singapore have been suspended.
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