Entry and Exit
Singaporeans may obtain a visa-on-arrival in Timor-Leste (at Dili’s Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport or Dili Sea Port) for a stay of up to 30 days. Visitors must hold a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. The passport must have at least one unused page for the visa sticker. Visitors must also have a return or onward ticket, or proof of ability to support your departure.
As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to check with their travel agent or the Embassy of Timor-Leste in Singapore, or refer to the Immigration Service of Timor-Leste website (http://migracao.gov.tl) for the latest information.
Travellers to Timor-Leste no longer require a letter of authorisation to enter Timor-Leste. All travellers are required to present an international certificate of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival. Travellers who are not fully vaccinated shall undertake 10 days of mandatory quarantine designated by the Ministry of Health. Alternatively, they could undertake home quarantine provided that the facility is conducive and with the authorisation from the Director-General of Public Health Services. Travellers who are unable to be vaccinated due to valid medical reasons should bring along a letter of justification from his/her doctor and present it to health authorities upon arrival.
Safety and Security
Monitor the news and avoid large public gatherings where possible. Follow the advice of the local authorities.
Do not leave your belongings unattended and be aware of your surroundings. Stay vigilant, travel in groups, and avoid going out at night alone. Know your risk appetite and ensure that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance that will cover your chosen activity. Travellers should note that medical facilities in Timor-Leste are limited and that medical evacuation can be expensive.
There have been occurrences of mosquito-borne diseases in certain areas. See your doctor for advice on appropriate vaccinations before you travel. Take precautions against insect bites.
Timor-Leste is located in an active seismic zone and can experience earthquakes, tsunamis and severe storms. The rainy season is from December to April. Monitor the local media and weather forecasts, and adhere to the instructions of local authorities. If in doubt, seek the advice of the local authorities.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]
Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.
Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
- Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
- Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
- eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
- Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
- Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
- Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
- Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
- In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.
Advisory: Email Scams
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.