Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste (March 14, 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:

Travel by land, sea, or air between Dili Municipality and other Timor-Leste municipalities remain in place through 11:59 p.m. March 15 except in limited situations authorized by the Minister of Interior.

The Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL) has advised that they are actively enforcing the Government of Timor-Leste (GOTL)-imposed movement restrictions related to COVID-19 and stopping individuals who are doing outdoor activities to include walking, jogging, cycling, and running. Increasing numbers of PNTL officers have been deployed to enforce this directive in areas with normally heavy foot traffic such as beach-side roads.

U.S. citizens are advised to limit outdoor movements as much as possible and should be prepared to stop to provide explanation to the PNTL if requested. This advisory remains in effect for Dili until at least March 15, or until additional GOTL guidance is provided. 

U.S. citizens are cautioned that the GOTL may impose criminal penalties for non-compliance to its announced directives.

The GOTL announced that the movement restrictions in Covalima have been removed, except in the Administrative Post of Fatumean, which remain through March 21.

U.S. citizens are advised to continue to practice preventative measures, including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing, and to monitor local news and resources for potential travel restrictions.

A State of Emergency remains in place through April 2.  Specific requirements of and additional information about the State of Emergency can be found at the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage.

Other links:

COVID-19 crisis page on

CDC page on COVID-19

U.S. Department of State’s Timor-Leste Country Information and Travel Advisory

World Health Organization – COVID-19 Timor-Leste


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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