How to Enter Timor-Leste

Do I need a passport or visa to enter?

You need a passport valid for six months beyond the date of arrival in Timor-Leste. You don’t need a tourist visa prior to arrival by air, but if you are arriving in Timor-Leste without a visa, you must pay a $30 fee for a 30-day tourist visa. Visas on arrival are no longer available at the land border with Indonesia. If you are arriving to Timor-Leste by land, you will need a visa prior to entry, which can be obtained outside of Timor-Leste only from the Timorese Consulate in Kupang, Indonesia. You will also have to pay an additional fee for each 30-day renewal of this visa. Please see the website of the Timor-Leste Immigration Department for additional information on visas and extensions. Visitors traveling via air must transit Singapore, Darwin in Australia or Bali in Indonesia en route to Timor-Leste.

Special Travel Circumstances in Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste remains in a state of transition. The country faces continuing challenges that limit its law enforcement capability. Many civil and governmental institutions are still being developed with international assistance. If you are traveling or doing business in Timor-Leste you may find it difficult to identify legal or administrative mechanisms if problems arise.

The U.S. dollar is the official currency of Timor-Leste. You can exchange money at the three banks in Dili, but only to or from the Indonesian Rupiah, Euro, British Pound, Australian Dollar, Singapore Dollar, and Japanese Yen. Only a few establishments accept credit cards, usually requiring a substantial additional fee, and you should be prepared to settle all bills in cash. Dili has several ATM machines that accept U.S.-issued bankcards. However, you should not plan to rely exclusively on these machines, as they are frequently inoperative.

If you intend to travel to Australia from Timor-Leste, you should be aware that the Australian immigration authorities require an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) in advance of arrival.


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