General Travel Advice
Timor-Leste welcomes back travelers who wish and plans to visit the country’s nature, marine life, culture, people and landscape.
Since March 2022, the Government of Timor-Leste issued Decree Law No. 12/2022 (as an amendment to previous Decree Law No. 26, 2021) that:
- All terrestrial border posts are functioning as normal
- PCR test for incoming passengers into national territory are not required, but relevant document proving complete vaccination is required
- Individuals who present symptoms of Covid-19 or SARS-Cov-2 upon arrival are still obliged to get medical examinations at the health facility by the isolation unit at entry points.
- Individuals who are tested positive are subject to therapeutic isolation mandatory at individual’s residence or designated accommodation facilities available in the country or at isolation health facility upon recommendation by the isolation unit.
- Individuals who enter in breach of the provisions will receive a fine of 30 to 250 US dollars and bear the expenses that resulting from the respective prophylactic isolation. (Article 6 of the Government Decree Law No.12/2022)
For other details see the Decree Law.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Ensure that they have the needed documents such as full vaccination proof (digital or hard-copy certificate)
- Enclose a copy of a valid passport and travel itinerary
- Current visa policy is based on the pre-covid policies (which found in the immigration website (https://www.migracao.gov.tl/html/sub0301.php) unless you are EU (Europe Union) and CPLP (Portuguese speaking countries) passport holders.
For other details about visa requirement, please visit: https://customs.gov.tl/enquiry-point/international-travellers/obtaining-a-visa/
- Length of process usually takes not more than a week.
- All the visa applications are done online, with the application form found in the immigration website (as above)
Subjects to quarantine are individuals who:
- Present no complete vaccination card (Article 10 states that only individuals entering the national territory without proving complete vaccination are subject to mandatory insolation in a health facility, residence or isolation center established by the government)
- present symptoms of COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 and gets positive test-result by isolation unit upon arrival regardless of whether or not they present a document proof of complete vaccination, will have to undergo quarantine
Arrival by Air
Currently there are two regular international flights (Qantas and Airnorth) flying round trip from Darwin to Dili. Both Qantas and Airnorth fly three times a week (For details, please visit https://www.qantas.com/au/en/book-a-trip/flights.html or https://www.airnorth.com.au/)
Travelers can also fly from Bali (Indonesia), and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) into Timor-Leste. Aero Dili Airlines company is managing the flight into Dili from Bali. For flight schedules, please visit their Aero Dili Facebook page and/or Aerodili website
Details of flights from Malaysia, please visit website of Air-Timor airline company
Occasionally, there are flights from Portugal to Timor-Leste, but this is a chartered flights by local travel agencies in Timor-Leste.
Departure by Air
All passengers departing Dili will have to ensure that they follow the regulations of the destination.
Outbound travel from Dili to Darwin is possible through Air North (every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday – https://www.airnorth.com.au/) and Qantas (every Monday, Wednesday and Friday – https://www.qantas.com/au/en/book-a-trip/flights.html).. Kuala Lumpur and Bali are other two entry points for passengers travelling from Dili.
Arrival into Indonesia
International travellers can visit Indonesia
A proof (digital/printed) of Covid Vaccination is required (the last dose must be taken 14 days prior to entering into Indonesia) – no need to proof dates of vaccination, just the number of
No quarantine and PCR test require for those with 2 or more vaccine doses upon arrival at the airport
Covid infected travellers within 30 days before departure are required to present an official recovery certificate from the origin country. They are exempted from taking PCT test 48h prior departure but still require to undertake the test upon arrival at Indonesia airport. If tested positive have to be isolated in designated accommodation approved by the government.
As for now, Bali is the only entry points for flights from Dili. These flights are managed by Aero-Dili. Please see Aero-Dili’s Facebook page for schedules or the official website: https://www.aerodili.com/
For further information, please visit: https://bali.com/bali/corona-virus-bali-indonesia/
Arrival into Australia
International flights are still subjects to the Government and Regulatory approval.
Australian government entry restrictions apply. All travelers are responsible for ensuring they are eligible to enter Australia prior to booking.
From July 6 2022, the way you travel to and from Australia has changed. All travellers should be aware that:
- People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status
- People entering Australia do not need to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration
- People leaving Australia will not be asked to provide evidence of their vaccination status
- Unvaccinated visa holders do not need a travel exemption to travel to Australia
- Masks are still required on flights travelling to Australia
For details/updates, please visit Home Affairs
Arrival into Malaysia
Before Departure to Malaysia , passengers should download and update the MySejahtera app within a week before departing for Malaysia.
Travellers with overseas-issued COVID-19 vaccine certificates must verify their digital COVID-19 vaccine certificates on MySafeTravel
Fully vaccinated travellers will be issued a “Digital Traveller’s Card” and reflected on their MySejahtera app.
Partially or unvaccinated travellers will be issued a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) on their MySejahtera app.
Travellers who do not have a traveller card display or HSO instructions on the MySejahtera app are not allowed to continue their journey.
Travellers aged seven (7) years and above must take the RT-PCR test within two days before departure to Malaysia and upload the results on MySejahtera. Exceptions are given to travellers aged six (6) years and below (based on year of birth).
All passengers with a confirmed booking to onwards connection are allowed to transit for more than 24 hours and must abide by the respective country’s entry restrictions.
For details/updates, please visit Malaysia Airlines
Arrival/Departure by Land
Under the Government Decree-Law No.12/2022:
- All the terrestrial border posts are to function as normal.
- PCR test result is not required upon arrival but document proving complete vaccination is required.
- Individuals who present symptoms of COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival are obliged to get medical examinations at a health facility or to an isolation unit at the entry points.
- Individuals who test positive are subject to therapeutic isolation mandatory at individual’s residence or designated accommodation facilities available in the country or isolation health facility upon recommendation by the isolation unit.
- Domestic commercial aviation operations through MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) and ZEESM have recommenced per normal.
- MAF, Aero Dili and ZEESM operate based on requests. Please refer to each of their links below, for further information.
- Public transport has returned to normal operations. Public transport, microlets, taxis and buses have recommenced operation on normal hours.
Prevention advice from WHO
The following are two prevention advices announced by WHO for travellers to consider if you are planning of travelling abroad:
- all travellers should be reminded to remain vigilant for signs and symptoms of COVID-19,
- to get vaccinated when it is their turn and to adhere to public health and social measures at all times
- regardless of vaccination status, including by using masks appropriately, respecting physical distancing, following good respiratory etiquette and avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated spaces.
- Persons who are unwell, or who have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and are at increased risk of developing severe disease and dying, including people 60 years of age or older or those with comorbidities that present increased risk of severe COVID-19 (e.g. heart disease, cancer and diabetes) should be advised to postpone travel to areas with community transmission
- Subscribe: Palacio das Cinzas – Official Covid-19 TL Facebook Page
- Official page of the Secretary State of Social Communication
- Television RTTL access through RTTLEP.TL
- National State Media TATOLIwww.TATOLI.TL
- National State Metro Radio with Frequencies 94.7 MHZ and communities’ radios