COVID-19 Information

Last updated 02/19/21

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 through 11:59 PM, March 3, 2021.

The Government of Timor-Leste (GOTL) announced its airports, ports, and land borders would remain temporarily closed through 23:59 on March 3, 2021. During this temporary border closure, the following exceptions apply:

  • 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 are required to be quarantined for 14 days in facilities established by the government or hotels pre-approved by 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.
  • 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.
  • All persons wishing to leave the country will be subject to health controls, in particular 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.
  • 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.
  • All individuals, who are not subject to the compulsory isolation regime, should wear a mask and observe a distance of at least five feet between other persons. They should also avoid crowds and maintain distance from other individuals when entering/exiting commercial premises and public transportation.
  • Security force agents will work to make individuals aware of the need to comply with the provisions of the State of Emergency.  They may refer individuals not in compliance to the Office of the Prosecutor General for potential criminal proceedings.
  • Land border crossings for traditional and customary purposes and for access to markets continued to be prohibited.
  • In exceptional cases, the Ministry of Interior may order the closure of the borders temporarily.
  • 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 five feet from others, are in place.

 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
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.  Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.   To submit information in support of an exemption, email consdili@state.gov.
  • 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 also available for a fee through the National Hospital for those needing COVID-free certification for international travel. Test results in English can be obtained directly from the National Health Laboratory or can be 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.
    • Tests results expedited to return within 4 hours: $120
    • Test results expedited to return with 48 hours: $40
    • Test results returned within 72 hours: $35

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

 Entry and Exit Requirements:

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No

  • GOTL has temporarily closed its airports, ports, and land borders through 23:59 on March 3, 2021.  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
  • 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 government-administered 14-day quarantine, 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? 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.
    • The government has restricted travel to and from the municipalities of Bobonaro and Cova-Lima with the other Timor-Leste municipalities through March 3, 2021, with limited exceptions.

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 hotels preapproved by the Ministry of Health.
    • 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, 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.

  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 a mandatory 14-day quarantine, in addition to relevant penalties for illegal entry.
  • 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 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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