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 East Timor (Timor Leste) - Formalities

Clearance

Dili, the capital, is the official entry/exit port for yachts visiting Timor-Leste.

On arrival, the following flags should be hoisted:

  • Code flag Q
  • Yacht National Flag
  • Timor-Leste courtesy flag (if available).

You may then proceed to the yacht anchorage on the port side of the main wharf. The yacht anchorage is located at approximately S8° 33.10’ and E125° 34.5’. Take particular note of the small reef in the centre of the yacht anchorage area. After entering the harbour you will notice 2 yellow quarantine buoys on your port side.  These are NOT to be used by vessels as they have shifted during heavy weather and now sit on top of reef.

Inwards Clearance Procedures

Papers for clearance into Timor-Leste: Yacht Registration Certificate, a crew list, all passports and USD$30 per crew member for Visa fees, the Port Clearance from your last port of call.

After anchoring, the captain and all crew should come ashore and report to the Maritime Police on the foreshore of Dili Bay. They are open between the hours of 0900-1600 (with normally a long break for lunch).

Follow the directions of the Maritime Police, which will generally be to proceed to the Dili Port Authority for inwards Customs, Immigration, Quarantine, Health and Port clearance.  All CIQP officials have offices at the Dili Port Authority. The Customs office is by the gate to the Post, in front of the Hotel Timor.

Customs and Quarantine officials will interview the captain of yacht and decide whether they will be making an inspection of the vessel.

On completing inwards clearance, you will be provided with a Clearance Form stamped by Customs, & Quarantine, plus a formal receipt for visa fees & a visa stamped in each passport.

A crew member must return to the yacht and take down the yellow “Q” flag and hoist the courtesy flag if you had to purchase it in Dili.

Latest report is that clearance is quick and hassle-free. Ensure you submit copies of the various documents as they may not be returned.

A useful place to land the dinghy while clearing in, is just to the left of the ramp to the car ferry.

Outwards Clearance Procedures

Go to the Dili Port Authority with all passports for outward processing. An Outward Crew List should also be provided. You will be processed through Immigration and Customs and provided with a Port Clearance from Dili.  This Port Clearance will be needed at your next port of entry.

You will also be provided with a Sailing Authorisation for Timor-Leste waters. The Sailing Authorisation allows yachts (which have already cleared from Timor-Leste) to visit all waters and ports of Timor-Leste including Atauro Island and the enclave of Oecusse.  The Port Authority/Harbour Master will issues Sailing Authorisations as yachts clear from Dili (and Timor-Leste). Sailing Authorisations are valid for a maximum stay of 3 months in Timor-Leste provided all crew have valid visa extensions for the period of the Sailing Authorisation.

For yachts travelling onwards to Indonesia, yachts are welcome to stopover at the Timor-Leste enclave, Oecusse, which is located on the north coast of West Timor (approximate co-ordinates S09° 10' E124° 20').  Oecusse (also known as Pante Makassar) is almost equidistant from Dili and Kupang (approximately 90 NM from Dili and from Kupang).  Oecusse will be automatically included on your Timor-Leste Sailing Authorisation so there is no need to decide about this destination in advance.

Last updated June 2016.

Immigration

All foreigners seeking to enter Timor-Leste on a temporary visa are required to have a valid national passport with an expiry date not less than 6 months from the date of entry into Timor-Leste and at least two spare pages in their passport.

Each Crew Member will be issued with a 30 day Visa on arrival. This is free for EU citizens and for non-Eu it costs USD$30.

Visas may be extended prospectively for a further 30 days + 30 days (i.e. 60 days in total) for a further payment of USD$35 per 30 day extension.  The total cost for a Visa for a 90 day stay is USD$100.

See this most useful Noonsite report on how to obtain an visa extension.

Obtaining a visa for Indonesia: - See this Noonsite report on how to obtain a social visa for Indonesia in Dili.

For further information regarding visa regulations go to the Timor-Leste Immigration Department website at www.migracao.gov.tl

Last updated June 2016.

Customs

Guns, firearms and ammunition are strictly prohibited imports into Timor Leste.

Foreign currency must be declared. No more than the equivilent of US$2000 may be imported.

Duty-free alcohol and other goods are permitted as Ships Stores.  However, like every other country in the world, you are not permitted to bring these goods ashore except as the individual duty-free allowance of crew members where the limit is strictly 2 litres of alcohol and 1 carton of cigarettes per person.

Last updated June 2016.

Health

Malaria and dengue are common and precautions should be taked.

All water is suspect and should be boiled or sterilized.

Avoid contact with animals as they are generally not vaccinated and can transmit diseases. Use insect repellent, especially at dawn and dusk and sleep with a mosquito net.

Restrictions

Quarantine

Please do not bring any organic materials ashore (for disposal or otherwise) as this will infringe Timor-Leste’s quarantine regulations and protocols.

Local Customs

Timorese traditions of clothing are modest. Garments above the knee (for both men and woman) are rarely acceptable in a professional or traditional social occasion.

Dress standards mean a lot in Timor-Leste. Smart casual clothes are ideal especially when dealing with officials and it is best not to wear expensive jewellery when you are out and about.

When visiting remote islands or villages, basic protocols and respect for local customs and people should be adopted.

It is polite to wait until your host invites you to sit down, or to eat and drink.

Clearance Agents

Dive, Trek & Camp - Timor Leste
Reception Office "Dili Central Backpackers" , Rua de Nu'Laran No. 28 , Bairo dos Grilhos, Dili. Timor Leste
Tel:+670 73506279
Opening hours: 8am - 9pm, Mon - Sun
Provide CIQP Clearance Services for cruising yachts, overland tours, dive trips, transport services and are located 1km from the small boat anchorage.

Pets

No quarantine period required.
Customs Clearance Officer requires certificate (not more than 7 days old) from Veterinarian stating that pet is in good health and vaccination records are current.

NB If travelling via Australia they have very strict regulations

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Sonrisa
Sonrisa says:
Nov 13, 2017 03:48 AM

The comment about crime in the area does not seem applicable, my wife and I did a lot of walking around at both day and night and met nothing but wonderful people. Took large laps in several of the local Microlets, and up to the market, again just more friendly people. We always parked the dingy in the Maritime Police area and that just kept the kids from playing in the dingy rather than any worry about it. Definitely check out the Resistance Museum, very educational for $1 entrance fee and will give you a lot of info about the people around you. Checking in, the harbor master was in a temporary office further down than where Immigration was. Also, checking OUT you visit Quarantine, we paid $77 for about two weeks in a 40' boat, not sure how the fee was calculated, but seemed legit and got a receipt that the Harbor Master needed to give me the clearance papers. Visit Occuse, it is as nice as described in the "related reports" section. If you need help getting you Indonesian Visas you can meet Kim at Dili Central Backpackers and for a fee she was able to get the sponsor letter and full visas turned around in about 4 days.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 11, 2016 08:02 AM

Posted on behalf of SY Segue:
The info on the site for Timor Leste is totally correct. One of the easiest countries EVER to check into! The only item that needs clarification is that the $30 dollar immigration fee applies to non EU citizens. My wife and one of my crew are Spanish and it was free for them to enter.... my other crew (Brazilian) and myself (Canadian) had to pay $30 each. Actually REALLY enjoying this newest country!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 29, 2015 05:29 PM

Posted on behalf of Rebecca Childress:
Update on our experience using our Indonesia Social Visa (Visit Visa) from Timor Leste

We were surprisingly stamped in for 60 days when we checked in to Kupang, even though our visa said 30 days on entry, and then renewable up to 6 months. Unfortunately, when we went to renew the visa after 45 days, we were told that it was our fault that we were 15 days overdue, and there would be quite a large fine (almost $1000 USD!). We were able to negotiate out of this fee, but by the time this was complete we only had 3 days left on the 60 days. Not enough time to renew the visa again in Lombok, so we were forced to check out and leave Indonesia.

SO if you see 30 days printed on the visa, renew it 7 days before the 30 days is up to avoid any problems ...even if the stamp says 60 days! Does any of this make sense? Of course not, but such is Indonesia paperwork.

Rebecca

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