COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 11/03/20

Country-Specific Information:

A State of Emergency is in effect through 11:59 PM, December 3, 2020.

Specific requirements of the State of Emergency include:

    • All persons must submit a pre-approval request, along with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, to the nearest Timorese Embassy or Consulate or to the Consular Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste for permission to enter Timor-Leste.
    • Individuals illegally entering Timor-Leste will be subject to a fine of up to $250 to cover expenses related to the quarantine, in addition to relevant penalties for illegal entry.
    • All persons entering the country are required to be quarantined for 14 days in facilities established by the government, or in their respective residences subject to the approval of the Ministry of Health.
    • Prior to the termination of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period, 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, and respiratory distress or shortness of breath. If they are diagnosed with COVID-19, they are obliged to undergo therapeutic isolation.
    • 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.
    • All persons wishing to leave the country will be subject to health controls, in particular by measuring body temperatures or other means of diagnosis.
    • 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.
    • Starting on August 11, 2020, the land border between Timor-Leste and Indonesia will be opened every 17 days between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM to facilitate the movement of people. The maximum number of people entering Timor-Leste through the land border will be 200. Timorese citizens will be prioritized for entry.
    • Starting on August 11, 2020, the land border between Timor-Leste and Indonesia will be opened twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM to facilitate the movement of goods.
    • The reduction of the operational hours of the land borders will not affect any repatriation of foreign nationals which have been approved by competent authorities of Timor-Leste.
    • In exceptional cases, the Ministry of Interior may order the closure of the borders temporarily.
    • Preventative measures at social activities, including where all persons are required to wear a protective mask covering their mouth and nose, wash their hands regularly, and maintain a safe distance of at least 1.5 meters from others.
    • Licenses, authorizations, and other administrative acts and documents remain valid regardless of the expiration date during the State of Emergency.
  • Services are generally available; preventative measures, such as wearing a protective mask, regular hand washing, and maintaining at least 1.5 meters from others, are in place.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • U.S. citizens are permitted to enter; however, they 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
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • All persons entering the country are required to be quarantined for 14 days in facilities established by the government, or in their respective residences subject to the pre-approval of the Ministry of Health.
  • Individuals illegally entering Timor-Leste will be subject to a fine of up to $250 to cover expenses related to the quarantine, in addition to relevant penalties for illegal entry.
  • All persons wishing to leave the country will be subject to health controls, in particular by measuring body temperatures or other means of diagnosis.
  • 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
    • However, 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.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All persons entering the country are required to be quarantined for 14 days in facilities established by the government, or in their respective residences subject to the pre-approval of the Ministry of Health.
    • Prior to the termination of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period, 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.
    • 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.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Timorese citizens and foreign nationals can obtain COVID-19 testing at the National Hospital, free of charge. Those seeking to test should call the COVID-19 hotline at +670-7556-0000 via WhatsApp first to receive further guidance on scheduling testing, (or other COVID-19 related questions), or call 119 if with COVID-19-like symptoms. Fees for testing may be imposed and those seeking testing should confirm the cost when scheduling an appointment.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • However, 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 illegally entering Timor-Leste will be subject to a fine of up to $250 to cover expenses related to the quarantine, in addition to relevant penalties for illegal entry.
  • At the time of this update, the government had not identified specific fines or enforcement actions for non-compliance with rules regarding the wearing of protective masks, social distancing, movement restrictions, or other measures. However, the government may impose enforcement actions at any time during the State of Emergency. 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 has resumed 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.

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