Visa policy of East Timor

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Visa policy of East Timor differentiates between several different groups of passengers and arrival points. In accordance with the law, citizens of all countries except the Schengen Area must obtain a visa upon arrival or prior to arrival.[1]

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of East Timor
  East Timor
  Visa free access
  Visa on arrival at any border post
  Visa on arrival at Dili airport or seaport only

Visa exemption[edit]

Timor-Leste signed a mutual visa-waiver agreement with the  European Union on 28 May 2015 which was applied on a provisional basis as from the date of signature and ratified on 15 December 2015.[2] This agreement allows all citizens of states that are contracting parties to the Schengen Agreement to stay without a visa for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period.[3]

There is also a visa exemption for holders of diplomatic or service passports of China.

Land border arrivals[edit]

All visitors (except for citizens of  Indonesia who can apply on arrival at any border post) arriving at a land border post must apply in advance for a Visa Application Authorization which is then presented to an immigration official at the border. If other conditions are met a single or multiple entry visa valid for up to 90 days is granted for a fee of US$30.

Visa on arrival[edit]

Visitors may apply for visa on arrival at the Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport or at the Dili Sea Port. If other conditions are met a single entry visa valid for up to 30 days is granted for a fee of US$30. Transit visas are available for stays less than 3 days for a fee of US$20. There is no transit without a visa option in East Timor.[3]

Prior application[edit]

Visa application may also be submitted online or at one of the East Timor diplomatic missions prior to arrival.

Requirements on arrival[edit]

Aside from holding a passport valid for not less than 6 months from the date of entry all travellers also must meet strict conditions to be allowed entry to East Timor:

  • Intention of a genuine visit (as tourist or business trip).
  • Accommodation arrangements and a return or onward ticket.
  • US$150 per day expected to remain in the country (for tourist or business visas).
  • US$100 plus US$50 per day (for transit visas).

Visa extension[edit]

All nationals with a visa may extend their stay to a total cumulative stay of 90 days by submitting their application to the Immigration Department. The fees are US$35 for a 30-day extension, or US$75 for an extension between 30 and 60 days.[3]


Most visitors arriving to East Timor by air were from the following countries of nationality:[4]

Rank Country 2014 2013 2012 2011
1  Indonesia 15,180 17,520 15,303 11,179
2  Australia 13,429 12,817 12,138 12,419
3  Portugal 6,185 5,894 6,130 5,916
4  Philippines 4,157 3,936 3,842 2,413
5  China 3,717 4,346 4,972 3,464
6  United States 1,666 2,130 2,211 2,207
7  Malaysia 1,665 1,455 1,944 1,829
8  Singapore 1,465 1,457 1,381 1,519
9  Japan 1,458 1,438 1,211 1,232
10  New Zealand 896 737 815 711
Total 59,811 77,135 57,517 50,590

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