COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  07/16/2021

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 July 31.  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 are required to quarantine for 14 days in facilities approved by the government the Ministry of Health.
  • Individuals possessing documentation certifying full vaccination against COVID-19 may be exempted from the 14-day quarantine.  However, U.S. citizens are advised to contact their local Timorese Embassy or Consulate to confirm requirements and for additional information.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have come from or passed through countries with reported presence of the Delta variant of COVID-19 will need to complete a five-day quarantine.
  • 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, 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 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:

  • 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 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 July 31.  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 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?
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
  • Restrictions on travel by land, sea, or air between the municipality of Dili and other Timor-Leste municipalities has been extended through 23:59 on July 29.
  • 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.
  • On June 16, the Government announced that individuals with certificates of full vaccination against COVID-19 and children under six years of age, may travel freely to all municipalities of Timor-Leste, including those under State of Emergency-related movement restrictions, without prior authorization from the Integrated Crisis Management Center (CIGC). However, U.S. citizens are advised to contact the CIGC to confirm requirements and for additional information prior to commencing travel.
  • To request permission to exit municipalities during the period of municipal-specific movement restrictions, contact the Integrated Crisis Management Center:

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine upon arrival in Timor-Leste? Quarantine requirement may depend on vaccination status. Those not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to quarantine.  However, individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be exempted from mandatory quarantine upon arrival.  S. citizens are advised to contact their local Timorese Embassy or Consulate to confirm requirements and for additional information.  Fully vaccinated individuals who have come from or passed through countries with reported presence of the Delta variant of COVID-19 will need to complete a five-day quarantine.  Additional information about the current SOE, including quarantine provisions, is available here.
    • All persons entering the country may be required to be quarantined for 14 days in facilities approved by the Ministry of Health.  Individuals with certification of full COVID-19 vaccination should contact their local Timorese Embassy or Consulate to confirm exemption from the quarantine prior to travel.
    • 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
    • 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 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.

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