Visa policy of East Timor

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Visitors to East Timor must obtain a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries.

In accordance with the law, citizens of all countries except Indonesia, Cape Verde, and the Schengen Area must obtain a visa upon arrival or prior to arrival.[1]

In April 2019, the Interior Minister adopted an Order number 470 to be applied from 1 May 2019, requiring all non-visa-exempt visitors to obtain a visa from one of the East Timor diplomatic missions before arrival. However, this decision was subsequently suspended.[2][3]

Visa policy map[edit]

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

Visa exemption[edit]

  •  Cape Verde: Timor-Leste signed a mutual visa-waiver agreement with Cape Verde on 21 July 2014 and entered into force on 14 April 2015. This agreement allows citizens of the respective countries to stay up to 30 days without a visa.[4][5]
  •  European Union: 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.[6] 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.[7]
  •  Indonesia: Timor Leste implemented a visa-free policy towards Indonesian citizens on 19 September 2019. This allows Indonesian citizens to visit Timor-Leste for 30 days, with an option to extend their stay once by the same period.[8]

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

Land border arrivals[edit]

All visitors who need a visa 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. Visitors which are exempt from a visa (such as citizens from a Schengen country) do not need a visa (and hence no Visa Application Authorization) at any land border crossing.

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.[7]

Prior application[edit]

A visa application may be submitted 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.[7]


Most visitors arriving to East Timor by air were from the following countries of nationality:[9]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tourist & Business Visa". Immigration Service of Timor-Leste. Archived from the original on 26 January 2021. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Tourist Visa and Requirements". Immigration Service of Timor-Leste. Archived from the original on 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  3. ^ "Timor-Leste suspende novas regras para vistos de turismo e negócio". Archived from the original on 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  4. ^ "Timor-Leste signs Agreements with Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe « Government of Timor-Leste". Archived from the original on 2017-08-24. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  5. ^ "Cabo Verde approves waiver agreement for ordinary visas with Timor-Leste". 14 April 2015. Archived from the original on 2 October 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  6. ^ "AGREEMENT between the European Union and the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste on the short-stay visa waiver". Archived from the original on 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-27.
  7. ^ a b c "Visa and health information". Timatic. International Air Transport Association through Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Resolução do Governo N.º 25 /2019 de 18 de Setembro - Dispensa de Visto de Turismo a Cidadãos da Indonésia" (PDF). Jornal da República - Ministério da Justiça (in Portuguese). 2019-09-18. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-05-08. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  9. ^ "Data" (PDF). 2014. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-10-18. Retrieved 2016-10-16.