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

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

Visa Exemption for Ordinary Passports

Non-Ordinary Passports

Land border arrivals

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

Citizens of all other countries (Including Cyprus, Ireland & Britain) which are not visa-exempt may apply for a 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 fee of USD30. Transit visas are available for stays less than 3 days for fee of USD20. There is no visa-free transit option.[7]

Prior application

A visa application may be submitted at one of the East Timor diplomatic missions prior to arrival.

Requirements on arrival

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:

Visa extension

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


  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 passport". Timatic. International Air Transport Association through Emirates. 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.