Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste (February 2, 2021)

Event:  The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19 in Timor-Leste and will continue to share information and include pertinent new information in bold for quick reference.

Country-Specific Information:

A State of Emergency is in effect for all of Timor-Leste through 11:59 PM, March 3, 2021.

At the time of this message, the Government of Timor-Leste (GOTL) is expected to announce additional information about the State of Emergency and its continued closure of airports, ports, and land borders.  The Consular Section will update as information is received.

Specific requirements of the State of Emergency include:

  • Individuals permitted to enter 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Public passenger transportation is permitted, however crews and passengers are required to wear mouth and nose coverings.
  • Markets and all commercial, industrial, artisanal or service establishments are permitted.  However, individuals must wash their hands before entering the establishments, maintain social distance, and wear a protective facial covering.
  • Security force officers 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 continue 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 one meter from others, are in place.

Specific requirements of and additional information about the State of Emergency can be found at the

Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage.

Other links:


U.S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste
Avenida de Portugal,
Praia dosCoqueiros,
Dili, Timor-Leste
(+670) 332-4684
(+670) 7723-1328 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs
(1)-888-407-4747 or (1)-202-501-4444

Country Information

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