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East Timor

Risk Ratings  

    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for East Timor
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for East Timor

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Very High -

Inbound travel is generally not possible. Government authorities may grant exceptions to specific travellers.

No inbound entry, including for citizens and residents. Government authorities may authorise exceptions, but these are not applicable to the vast majority of travellers.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundAll those allowed to enter must undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival and a 14-day quarantine in a government facility. Individuals will be subject to COVID-19 testing before the end of their quarantine and a negative test result must be cleared by the Ministry of Health before they are authorised to leave quarantine.

All individuals with complete certification of vaccination against COVID-19 are exempt from compulsory prophylactic isolation when entering the country from abroad.
(Ends 1 July 2021)
Foreigners involved in transporting goods into the country are required to remain in the international zones of airports, seaports and land border posts.
(Until further notice)
Temporary border closure with Indonesia.
(Until further notice)
OutboundTravellers leaving the country are subject to medical screenings.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticThe 'sanitary fence', or travel restrictions to and from the municipalities of Baucau, Bobonaro, Covalima and Dili has been extended until 23 June. Movement of people between these municipalities and other administrative districts is prohibited except for essential reasons. Contact the Integrated Crisis Management Center to request permission to exit these municipalities. They can be contacted at +670 7753 9773 or via centrointegradogestaodescrises@gmail.com.

Individuals with certification of completed vaccination against COVID-19 can move freely throughout the territory, including in the municipalities under a sanitary fence and/or home confinement.

Details of the related measures can be found here: here: http://timor-leste.gov.tl/?p=28524&lang=en
(Ends 23 June 2021)
The state of emergency has been extended until 23.59 on 1 July.
(Ends 1 July 2021)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for East Timor

COVID-19 information for East Timor

Dedicated COVID-19 website


The overall security situation associated with political and social conflicts has improved in recent years. Nonetheless, underlying tensions remain, and the situation could deteriorate with little warning. In-country workforce should exercise a high degree of caution.

While occasional protests over local economic and political grievances do occur, and gang violence continues to pose a challenge to law and order, the local security forces are largely capable of ensuring that such incidents remain localised and swiftly contained. Nonetheless, protests in which demonstrators engage in acts such as stone-throwing, vandalism and small-scale acts of arson, as well as the likely tough security force response, can pose incidental risks to those in the vicinity.

Crime continues to pose the greatest risk to foreign nationals and business travellers in urban areas such as Dili. In rural areas, poor road conditions mean road traffic accidents are the most serious risk, especially during the rainy season from October to March. The impact of any security issue is exacerbated by the poor infrastructure and limited relief and security force capabilities.

This information is intended as a summary of the security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For East Timor
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Japanese encephalitisVaccine is recommended for people who will
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Routine Vaccinations

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