Last updated: 07/28/2022
As of June 12, the CDC no longer requires air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States. The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers. And check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
The Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) has imposed temporary measures in response to COVID-19 through November 6, 2022.
Individuals entering the country who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 10 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 10-day quarantine. Exceptions to the GoTL order requiring individuals entering Timor-Leste to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 may be granted for health reasons. Travelers unable to complete full COVID-19 vaccination for health reasons should carry a letter of justification from their doctor to present to health authorities upon arrival. U.S. citizens are advised to contact their local Timorese Embassy or Consulate to confirm COVID-19 related entry requirements, including duration of quarantine periods and vaccination exceptions, to receive the most up-to-date information.
Prior to the termination of the mandatory 10-day quarantine period for those not fully vaccinated, individuals may be subject to COVID-19 testing. Those tested must be cleared by the Ministry of Health before they will be authorized to leave quarantine. Individuals should maintain good communication with the Ministry of Health to confirm their specific quarantine exit requirements.
COVID-19 testing is required of anyone who presents any of the symptoms: body temperature or fever equal to or greater than 37.5 degrees Celsius, cough, sore throat, headaches, constipation, breathing difficulties, or shortness of breath.
Preventative measures, such as wearing a protective mask, regular hand washing, and maintaining at least one meter from others who do not live in the same household, are in place.
Services are generally available but may be limited by COVID-19 restrictions.
Further information about these health restrictions is available here.
Are either PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Timor-Leste? Yes
If so, are test results reliably available within one day? Generally, yes, but individuals should confirm during appointment/service as result timeframes are not guaranteed.
- 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 Dili’s National Hospital and health centers across the country, 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 for results that may return within 24 hours. Travelers should obtain instructions, including about payment and test scheduling from the Lab well in advance of departure, to ensure payment, testing, and receipt of results in the timeframe needed. 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 emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is the NHL’s preferred method of contact, but may also be reached by dialing +670-7837-2676 during business hours. 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.
Check the CDC’s International Travel page for the latest recommendations for fully and vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Click here to visit the CDC’s COVID-19 FAQ Travel page.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
Has the government of Timor-Leste approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
Are vaccines available in Timor-Leste for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
Which vaccines are available in Timor-Leste? The government’s vaccination campaign utilizes AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Sinovac for individuals 18 years and older. The government uses Pfizer in its vaccination campaign for those aged 12-17 and for its booster program.
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 in the United States.
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
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No. However, airlines and transit points to Timor-Leste may still require a negative COVID-19 test before boarding or entering those areas. Travelers are advised to research carrier and transit country COVID-19 test requirements. Individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival to Timor-Leste, regardless of vaccination status, will be subject to PCR testing at the airport and given instructions on mandatory therapeutic isolation.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
U.S. citizens are advised to contact their local Timorese embassy or consulate to confirm visa requirements before traveling to Timor-Leste. U.S. citizens present in Timor-Leste are advised to contact the Office of Immigration Services to confirm visa requirements.
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 equal to or greater than 37.5 degrees Celsius, cough, sore throat, headache, constipation, breathing difficulties, or shortness of breath – are prohibited from boarding buses, ships, or aircrafts. Individuals who are prohibited from boarding must undergo COVID-19 testing at a health facility; positive cases will be subject to mandatory therapeutic isolation.
Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine upon arrival in Timor-Leste? Quarantine requirement depends on vaccination status.
Those not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 10 days in facilities approved by the Ministry of Health. Those tested must be cleared by the Ministry of Health before they will be authorized to leave quarantine. Individuals should maintain good communication with the Ministry of Health to confirm their specific quarantine exit requirements.
Individuals able to demonstrate full vaccination against COVID-19 may be exempted from mandatory quarantine upon arrival. However, fully vaccinated travelers presenting COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival will be subject to PCR testing and will receive specific information about their mandatory therapeutic isolation period.
Exceptions to the GoTL order requiring individuals entering Timor-Leste to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 may be granted for health reasons. Travelers unable to complete full COVID-19 vaccination for health reasons should carry a letter of justification from their doctor to present to health authorities upon arrival.
U.S. citizens are advised to contact their local Timorese Embassy or Consulate to confirm requirements and for additional information. Additional information about these health regulations is available here and below:
Individuals who are infected with COVID-19 or who are under the supervision of health authorities will remain in mandatory therapeutic isolation for 14 days. The Ministry of Health will determine the location of the isolation, which may include a government-administered isolation center, health establishment, or other location approved by the Ministry. Individuals are responsible for expenses when isolating in a private health establishment, residence, or isolation center.
Individuals presenting COVID-19-related symptoms and refuse COVID-19 testing are subject to mandatory prophylactic isolation and will be responsible for expenses related to their isolation.
Are commercial flights operating? Timor-Leste is served by international charter flights that private U.S. citizens may access. Please contact the travel companies or carriers with offices in Timor-Leste for more information.
Is public transportation operating? Yes – All individuals who have any of the following symptoms – fever equal to or greater than 37.5 degrees Celsius, cough, sore throat, constipation, headache, breathing difficulties, or shortness of breath – are prohibited from boarding buses, ships, or aircrafts. Individuals who are prohibited from boarding buses, ships, or aircrafts due to possible COVID-19 infection must complete a Compulsory Medical Declaration Form and undergo COVID-19 testing at a health facility; positive cases will be subject to mandatory therapeutic isolation.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
Individuals illegally entering Timor-Leste will be subject to a fine of up to $250 as well as costs associated with their quarantine.
Individuals may be referred to the Office of the Prosecutor General for COVID-19 regulation non-compliance. Foreigners may also be referred to Migration Services for non-compliance. Visitors are recommended to monitor the local news and other local resources for updates on enforcement measures.
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.
- S. Embassy Dili – Alerts and Messages
- Other links:
- COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- S. Department of State’s Timor-Leste Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- S. Department of Homeland Security’s website for the latest travel restrictions to the United States
- S. Department of State’s Travel to the U.S. FAQs
- World Health Organization – COVID-19 Timor-Leste