Note: do not apply in advance if you wish to enter via Dili International Airport or Dili Seaport on a Tourist & Business visa. You should apply for your visa on arrival in these instances. Apply in advance only if you are seeking to enter at a land border and you are not an Indonesian or Portuguese citizen.
The procedure for application prior to arrival is as follows :
This procedure is for travellers who are outside Timor-Leste and who are not able to access an Embassy or Consulate of Timor-Leste abroad.
To apply online, download the Class I + II Application form.
Fill the form in using Adobe Acrobat PDF reader. The form fields are fillable including photo and signature fields should you wish to use these, otherwise scan the printed form after affixing your signature manually.
If a passport style photo is not included with your application form, you will need to submit one with the application.
You will also need to include :
- A scan of your passport bio-page;
- Scan of ticket for departure (air, land or sea) or other acceptable evidence of departure arrangements;
- Scan of bank statement or other acceptable evidence that you have sufficient funds for your travel and holiday in Timor-Leste.
- If a host will cover your expenses for travel and stay, scan of a completed Sponsorship Form (see the Forms page). If your sponsor is not a citizen of Timor-Leste, you must provide a copy of your sponsor’s passport as well as his/her residency permit. If your sponsor is a citizen of Timor-Leste, please provide a copy of his/her National Electoral card.
Once complete, email the form and other required documents to us (see contact details here).
Allow at least 10 working days for processing of an application.
Successful applicants will be issued with a Visa Application Authorization. This must be printed and retained by the traveller.
The Visa Application Authorization must be used within 12 months.
Note : If you experience problems opening the Class I & II application form from the link above when using certain browsers, click here for solutions.
See : Visa application forms.
See : Immigration Service contact details.
At an Embassy or Consulate
A visa application may also be submitted to any diplomatic mission or consular office of Timor-Leste. You may need to use a different form to that found on this website, so please contact the relevant Embassy or Consulate for details before preparing an application.
See : the List of Embassies and Consulates for details of Embassies and Consulates abroad.