Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Timor-Leste on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Commercial flights to and from Timor-Leste remain very limited. Check with your travel company for the latest information.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Timor-Leste.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Timor-Leste

A State of Emergency is no longer in place in Timor-Leste. The latest one ended on 28 November 2021. Entry to national territory is no longer subject to authorisation from the Prime Minister, while entry to the country continues to be subject to medical screening. If a passenger is found infected with COVID-19, he or she will be taken to quarantine for further consultation and treatment. All passengers travelling to Timor-Leste should always present to the airport competent authorities the following: vaccination certificate and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within the last 72 hours before the time of departure. The test needs to be in one of these language: Indonesian, Portuguese or English. Failure to present the two documents, will be subjected to 14 days of quarantine.

It is mandatory for all individuals to practice COVID-19 safety measures, including wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and maintaining social distance of at least two metres.

Public places and services

Grocery shops, fuel stations, pharmacies, clinics, banking facilities and building material stores remain open but enforce a 1 meter minimum distance between each person.

Healthcare in Timor-Leste

Medical services in Timor-Leste are limited, particularly outside Dili. See Other Health care for more information. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms can attend a health care facility for a COVID-19 test). Positive cases will be subject to isolation.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Timor-Leste.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Timor-Leste

We will update this page when the government of Timor-Leste announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

Timor Leste’s national vaccine programme started in April 2021. AstraZeneca and Sinovac are provided for adults and Pfizer for children aged 12-17. These vaccines are available free of charge, including to foreigners. Further information on the vaccination programme is available via your nearest clinic/hospital.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad page.

If you’re a British national living overseas, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

Check the Ministry of Health website for full details. Consular support may be limited in Timor-Leste as there’s no resident British diplomatic mission. Emergency consular services are provided by the New Zealand Embassy in Dili (24 hour emergency number: +670 7732 1015) and the British Honorary Consul. For all routine consular issues, contact the British Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.