Visitors from any nation may easily acquire a 30-day tourist and business visa upon arrival in East Timor at Dili Airport or Dili Seaport by filling out a short form and paying US$30 in cash. However, “visa on arrival” is not accessible at the land border, where most visitors, with the exception of Indonesian and Portuguese citizens, must have acquired a visa or “visa application authorization” in advance. Timor-Leste reached an agreement with the EU in May 2015 that enables Schengen passport holders to enter Timor-Leste without a visa at any entry point, including land borders.
It should be noted that there is a little known government regulation that requires you to have at least two vacant pages in your passport upon entering (the visa on arrival stamp takes up one whole page). It is generally not an issue at immigration if you have one whole blank page; but, airlines have been known to refuse individuals who have less than two blank pages.
Check out the Immigration Department of East Timor, specifically the link to the Tourist Visa page, for information on visa requirements and how to apply for a “visa application authorisation” (which can be obtained via email before you travel) or how to apply for a visa at an Embassy or Consulate if you want to enter through a land border crossing.
Aside from Tourist and Business Visas, there are also Transit Visas, Work Visas, Study Visas, Cultural, Scientific, Sport, and Media Visas, and Residence Visas.
The following are the East Timor Immigration Department’s tourist visa requirements:
- Show that you intend to pay a real visit (as tourist or business trip).
- Demonstrate enough finances for the planned stay (access to US$100 upon arrival and US$50 per day).
- Showcase your lodging accommodations.
- Hold a return ticket or demonstrate your capacity to finance your own departure.
Applicants must also be judged to be of good character and in good health before being given a visa and/or allowed to visit East Timor.
All foreigners entering East Timor on a temporary visa must have a valid national passport with an expiration date no less than 6 months from the date of entrance into East Timor and at least one blank page available for Visa stamp.
When requested for on arrival, the visa is issued for a stay of up to 30 days and is only valid for one entrance. Extension after arrival — US$35 for each 30-day extension, or US$70 for a 60-day extension. Extending a tourist visa beyond 30 days requires the completion of a Termo de Responsabilidade by a sponsor, an East Timorese citizen or work permit holder, confirming your behavior and conformity with East Timorese regulations for the length of your stay.
Those who apply in advance for a tourist visa at an Embassy or Consulate, or who apply directly to the Immigration Department through email for a “visa application authorization,” may seek a visa allowing up to 90 days stay, with single or multiple entrance.
Visitors are recommended to have the required amount in US Dollars cash on hand for payment of visa costs upon arrival at the border.
Visitors must carry US$30 in cash to pay for their visa since there are no ATMs or credit card machines within the airport or at border checkpoints. There is currently an ANZ ATM at Dili Airport, as well as many ATMs around Dili where foreigners may withdraw money using Visa, MasterCard, and other credit cards.
Portuguese passport holders do not need a visa for entrance into the country for a short period of time (max 90 days).