Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Timor-Leste extends ban on entry by most foreign nationals through at least April 26 due to COVID-19 activity. Domestic controls continue.

This alert affects Timor-Leste (East Timor)

This alert began 15 Apr 2020 18:22 GMT and is scheduled to expire 27 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Coronavirus-related restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions; possible quarantine measures

Summary
Authorities in Timor-Leste have extended their existing ban on foreign nationals entering the country through at least April 26 as part of the nation's effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The restriction does not apply to foreign nationals born in Timor-Leste, diplomats, or workers on oil rigs. International commercial passenger flights remain suspended as of April 15. Land border checkpoints with Indonesia are closed to the movement of both people and goods. Shipping operations continue at major ports, including the Port of Dili. Timorese nationals are required to undergo 14-day quarantines upon repatriation.

Domestic movement controls are also set to continue through at least April 26. Public transport has been suspended nationwide. Most nonessential businesses, along with schools and places of worship, have been closed. Food markets remain operational. Gatherings of over five people are banned. Restrictions may be further extended or intensified in the coming days and weeks.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers. Plan for possible ground shipping and travel delays; seek alternative routes and shipping methods for time-sensitive cargo.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.