Event: Exploring Potential Repatriation Options: On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. The Department of State is exploring the feasibility of a potential repatriation flight for private U.S. citizens in Timor-Leste, on a reimbursable basis, departing from Dili, should it be needed.
In an effort to contain the virus, the governments of Timor-Leste and neighboring countries have limited commercial air travel and imposed restrictions on foreigners arriving or transiting.
- Please note, the feasibility of this planning depends on the number of U.S. Citizens needing repatriation. The Department of State cannot guarantee an repatriation flight at this time. All passengers will need to reimburse the U.S. Government for the flight, and a promissory note must be signed before boarding.
- Should a flight become feasible, there will be no choice as to date or time of departure, and we do not expect to be able to enact another flight at a later date. Several announcements will supersede any flight, as the planning takes place.
- U.S. citizens in possession of valid U.S. passports who are interested and prepared to travel should contact ConsDili@state.gov with the information below, as soon as possible. Please use the subject line “Repat: [your last name]” in the email. The U.S. Embassy appreciates that some of you have already shared this information and apologizes for redundant requests. Please share the information below for all members of your family interested in this potential opportunity. Please do not call to confirm receipt of your email; you will be contacted with additional information.
- Full name:
- U.S. passport number:
- Email Address:
- Phone Number:
- Country Visa Type, Number, and Expiration Date (if applicable):
- Individuals on any transport may be subject to CDC screening, health observation, monitoring requirements and existing DHS entry requirements. Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- U.S. citizens without a valid U.S. passport who wish to depart on such a flight should send the above information using the information of their most recent expired passport. Please indicate that the passport is expired. You will be contacted with information on how to obtain an emergency passport.
Additional Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Timor-Leste.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Timor-Leste
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
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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