Timor-Leste national elections will be held in 2017 with presidential elections taking place on 20 March and a possible run-off on 20 April. Political activity and protests are possible in the lead up to and around the election period, particularly on the weekend of 17 March to 20 March in Dili, Tasi Tolu and the rest of Timor-Leste.

New Zealanders in Timor-Leste are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and other large public gatherings, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. Regularly monitor the media and local information sources to keep up to date on developments and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.  

New Zealanders who require consular assistance should contact the New Zealand Embassy in Dili on +670 331 0087 or +670 7732 1015 or at dil@mfat.govt.nz.