Foreign travel advice


Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel

It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for holidays. Follow current COVID-19 rules where you live: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In England, you must have a permitted reason to travel abroad and complete the declaration form.

Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new social distancing rules with little warning. Check our advice for each country you will visit or transit through.

When you return, follow the rules to enter the UK from abroad (except from Ireland).


The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Timor-Leste based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel to Timor-Leste is subject to entry restrictions

  • The Government of Timor-Leste has extended the temporary closure of its airports, ports and land borders to 2 May 2021. The decision has been made under the State of Emergency, due to a recent increase in locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases.
  • You will need to quarantine for 14 days either in a government facility or in your own accommodation, subject to the approval of the Ministry of Health.
  • Those who present symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever greater than 37.5°C, cough and/or breathing difficulties will be prevented from travelling, and taken to a health facility for a COVID-19 test. Positive cases will be subject to isolation.

See Entry requirements

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

The capital, Dili, is extending lockdown until 16 April 2021. If you’re planning travel to Timor-Leste, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

There has been extensive flooding in Dili. If you have been affected by the floods, you should follow the instructions and advice of the local authorities.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page

Crime continues to be a problem in Timor-Leste (East Timor), including gang-related violence (not directed towards foreigners), robbery and assault. See Crime

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.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Timor-Leste, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

The rainy season in Timor-Leste normally runs from November to April. See Natural disasters

To contact the emergency services, call 112 or 7723 0635 (police), 3312210, 3324019 or 7230686 (fire) and 7723 6662, 33110441 or 77233212 (ambulance).

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.