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Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Reconsider travel to Timor-Leste due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Timor-Leste due to crime and civil unrest.

Reconsider travel to Timor-Leste due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Timor-Leste due to crime and civil unrest.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Timor-Leste due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

There are restrictions in place affecting entry into Timor-Leste, including for U.S. citizens. Commercial transportation to/from Timor-Leste is not available or only sporadically available. It may be difficult to enter or leave Timor-Leste and travelers should expect delays entering Timor-Leste and/or returning to the United States. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Timor-Leste.

Country Summary: Timor-Leste has seen isolated instances of police responding to protests with force and the use of tear gas. Stone throwing attacks on vehicles can occur during gang conflicts and periods of unrest. Gender-based violence is high in Timor-Leste, and sexual harassment is fairly common.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Timor-Leste:

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Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
No

Hague Convention Information

Timor-Leste is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoptio(Hague Adoption Convention).  Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Intercountry adoptions from Timor-Leste are rare; fewer than five adoptions by American citizen parents have taken place in the last decade.

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the adoption authority of Timor-Leste.  U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Timor-Leste should contact the Ministry of Social Solidarity to inquire about applicable laws and procedures.  U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Timor-Leste, who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country, should also contact Timor-Leste’s adoption authority.  See contact information below.

Caution:  Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable.  In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible.  In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Timor-Leste and the U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste’s website for information on consular services.

Contact Information

TIMOR-LESTE'S ADOPTION AUTHORITY:
Ministry of Social Solidarity
Rua de Caicoli
Dili, Timor-Leste
Tel:  +670-331-2256
Fax:  +670-331-0392
Email:  info@mss.gov.tl
Internet:  http://www.mss.gov.tl/index.jsp?sid=1&id=22&pid=7&lng=en

Last Updated: April 3, 2019

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Dili,Timor Leste
Av. de Portugal
Praia dos Coqueiros
Dili
Timor-Leste
Telephone
+(670) 332-4684
Emergency
+(670) 7723-1328
Fax
+(670) 331-3206

Timor-Leste Map