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.
On March 15, the Government of Timor-Leste (GOTL) announced that travel by land, sea, or air between Dili Municipality and other Timor-Leste municipalities is restricted until April 2, except in limited situations authorized by the Director of the Integrated Crisis Management Center.
The GOTL also announced that travel by land, sea, or air between Baucau and Viqueque Municipalities and other Timor-Leste municipalities is similarly restricted until March 29, expect in limited situations authorized by the Director of the Integrated Crisis Management Center.
The GOTL previously announced that the movement restrictions in Covalima have been removed, except in the Administrative Post of Fatumean, which remain in effect through March 21.
The Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL) has advised that they are actively enforcing the 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.
During the enforcement periods, U.S. citizens are advised to limit outdoor movements as much as possible and should be prepared to provide explanation to the PNTL if requested. U.S. citizens are cautioned that the GOTL may impose criminal penalties for non-compliance to its announced directives.
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 for all of Timor-Leste through April 2. Specific requirements of and additional information about the State of Emergency can be found at the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage.
COVID-19 crisis page on state.gov
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 dos Coqueiros,
(+670) 7723-1328 (after hours)
State Department – Consular Affairs
(1)-888-407-4747 or (1)-202-501-4444
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