How to apply and obtain Timor-Leste Visa: Procedures, Documents required, Cost?

Procedure to obtain Timor-Leste Visa

  • To enter Timor-Leste as a tourist or on business, you must first obtain the necessary visa. In most circumstances, a visa can be obtained upon arrival.
  • Visitors must fill out an arrivals card (available at the border post). You must also be able to demonstrate the following if questioned: The purpose of a genuine visit (as a tourist or on business), Sufficient funds to support yourself during the projected stay without violating visa rules, and That you have made suitable arrangements for accommodation.
  • Except for Indonesians, Portuguese, and Americans, anybody arriving at a land border checkpoint must apply in advance for a “Visa Application Authorization.” When you reach the border, you must show the “Visa Application Authorization” to an immigration official.
  • Upon arrival, Indonesian nationals may apply at any border station, including land border crossings, Dili International Airport, and Dili Sea Port. Portuguese and Americans, or Timorese traveling with Portuguese passports, are subject to visa exemption rules when traveling for tourism.
  • Other nationals may only apply for a visa upon arrival at Dili International Airport or Dili Sea Port.
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Documents Required

  • Keep a passport or travel document valid for at least 6 (six) months from the date of entry into Timor-Leste. A whole unused page in the passport must be available for the visa sticker.
  • Hold a return or onward ticket, or demonstrate your ability to fund your trip.
  • Medical insurance: Some visa categories may require proof of travel or medical insurance coverage.
  • Other supporting documents: Additional documents may be required based on your specific visa type. Check with the embassy or consulate to ensure you have all the necessary paperwork.
  • If you are traveling for business or work purposes, include relevant documents such as a letter from your employer or an invitation letter from a Timorese company. For educational purposes, provide a letter of acceptance from a Timorese educational institution.
  • Additional documents may be required based on your specific visa type. These can include a letter of invitation, a letter of no objection, or a certificate of vaccination, among others. It is advisable to check with the Timor-Leste embassy or consulate for a comprehensive list of required documents.

Types of visa

1. Tourist Visa

  • The visa is often obtained and issued upon arrival at a port of entry, upon payment of the specified price, presentation of an approved travel document valid for at least 6 months, and a completed arrival card.
  • It is valid for a single entry and a stay of thirty days, and it can be extended once for the same length. Multiple entrances are permitted for visitors to Oecussi. Foreign citizens with tourist visas are not permitted to engage in any professional activities in the country.
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  • Issuance: (USD) $30,00
  • Extension:(USD) $40,00

2. Transit Visa

  • Article 34 defines a transit visa as a foreigner wishing to enter one country’s territory while traveling to another. The transit visa is valid for 72 hours, enables two entries, and cannot be extended unless allowed in Article 51.
  • Issuance: (USD) $20,00
  • Extension:(USD) $20,00 (article 51)
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3. Airport transit visa

  • The airport transit visa, as stipulated in Article 51, is intended for foreigners who want to simply enter the airport’s international zone before continuing their journey in the same or another aircraft, in accordance with the ticket, and cannot be prolonged.
  • Issuance: (USD) $20,00
  • Extension: N/A
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4. Work Visa

  • The work visa is intended to allow the holder to enter the national territory in order to pursue an occupation for others, under the form of an employment contract or service, including the volunteer who wishes to pursue volunteer activities for periods of more than 120 days per year. The work visa is valid for a maximum of one year and can be renewed for equal durations of time. It also allows for multiple entries.
  • Issuance: (USD) $100,00
  • Extension: (USD) $100,00
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5. Business visa

  • Underline c) of paragraph 1 of Article 2 of the Migration Law 11th /2017, 24th May, a business visa is issued to foreigners who want to grow business activities in the nation.
  • Issuance: (USD) $100,00
  • Extension: (USD) $150,00
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6. Temporary stay visa

  • According to Article 39, temporary stay visas are granted to students who want to enter or continue their studies in the country. These foreigners want to develop specialized activities, volunteers, and dependents of foreigners who hold: temporary stay visas, special stay authorization, work visas, and Business Visa Class II. Other unforeseeable actions are covered by the temporary stay visa, which is applied for and issued in DRTL diplomatic or consular posts abroad.
  • Issuance: (USD) $50,00
  • Extension: (USD) $50,00
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7.  Establish residence visa

  • The residency visa is intended to allow the holder to enter the nation to apply for a temporary residence permit for Performing a professional task; Reuniting with family.
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  • Issuance: (USD) $50,00
  • Extension: N/A

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