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Timor-Leste
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Last Updated: April 5, 2017
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Six months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

 One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes 

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Dili,Timor Leste

Avenida de Portugal
Praia dos Coqueiros
Dili
Timor-Leste
Telephone: +(670) 332-4684
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(670) 723-1328
Fax: +(670) 331-3206

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Destination Description

See the Department of State's Fact Sheet for information on U.S.-Timor-Leste relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

You need a passport valid for six months beyond the date of arrival in Timor-Leste. Travelers arriving by air may obtain a 30-day tourist visa-on-arrival for a fee of 30 USD.

If entering Timor-Leste by land, you will need a travel authorization letter prior to entry as visas-on-arrival are no longer available at the land border with Indonesia. You must renew this visa and pay an additional fee if you plan to stay longer than 30-days.

Please see the website of the Timor-Leste Immigration Department for the most current information on visas and extensions. Visitors traveling via air must transit Singapore, Darwin in Australia, or Bali in Indonesia en route to Timor-Leste.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of  Timor-Leste.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Timor-Leste has experienced several episodes of violence since becoming independent in 2002. However, there have been no major country-wide civil disturbances since 2008, and international peacekeepers departed the country at the end of 2012.

You should exercise caution, use common sense, avoid large gatherings, remain alert with regard to your personal security, and avoid travel after dark to public places, including, but not limited to, clubs, restaurants, bars, schools, places of worship, outdoor recreational events, hotels, resorts and beaches, and other locations frequented by foreigners.

You should review U.S. Embassy security messages and maintain a high level of security awareness while moving around the country.
Timorese security forces occasionally establish official security checkpoints along roads. You may be expected to show your passport at these checkpoints. You should avoid illegal checkpoints not operated by the police or military in uniforms, which, to date, have been primarily targeted at Timorese nationals.

Crime:

Pick pocketing, purse snatching, residential and automobile break-ins, and theft occur, especially in Dili. These crimes often occur in recreational areas and facilities frequented by foreigners. Victims of crime who resist may face physical violence by perpetrators.

Stone-throwing attacks on vehicles occur during periods of gang conflicts and civil unrest. Avoid travel at night or alone in unfamiliar areas. Women should avoid traveling or taking taxis alone, especially at night. Women walking or exercising alone in Dili have reported harrassment and groping incidents.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

Report crimes to the local police at 112  and contact the U.S. Embassy at +670-7723-1328.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. If you are suspected of criminal activity, the law provides that you may be incarcerated for up to one year pending the criminal investigation.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

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. As a result, if you encounter problems while traveling or doing business in Timor-Leste you may find it difficult to identify legal or administrative remedies.

Currency: The U.S. dollar is the official currency of Timor-Leste. 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 which are frequently inoperative and can charge high fees.

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. For more information, please consult the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship's website.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There is no legal protection based on sexual orientation or gender identity in Timor-Leste. However, since 2009, the penal code specifies that crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation (as well as ethnicity, religion, disability, etc.) may be subject to higher penalties. Although there are some openly gay public personalities, LGBT individuals generally maintain very low profiles. An LGBT organization exists, and there have been no formal reports of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, due in part to limited awareness of the issue. Discrimination may be underreported due to the lack of recourse stemming from the absence of formal legal protections, and a lack of formal legal protections.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Although the Timorese Constitution guarantees the same rights to disabled citizens as it does to all other citizens, Timor-Leste does not currently have legislation that mandates access to transportation, communication, and public buildings for persons with disabilities. Currently most public places and public transportation are not accessible. Persons with disabilities will face difficulties in Timor-Leste as foot paths, rest rooms, road crossings, and tourist areas are not equipped for people with disabilities.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: Leste is socially conservative and you should avoid wearing revealing clothing, particularly in crowded public areas such as markets. Timor-Leste has a very high rate of domestic violence.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Limited emergency medical care is available in Dili and options for routine medical care throughout the rest of country are extremely limited. Serious medical problems require hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to Australia (the nearest point with acceptable medical care), Singapore, or the United States, and can cost thousands of dollars.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Timor-Leste to ensure the medication is legal in Timor-Leste. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are prevelant:

  • Zika Virus: For general information and the latest updates about Zika, as well as steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual exposure to the virus, please visit the CDC website
  • Dengue Fever
  • Chikungunya
  • Malaria (MED level 2)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Japanese Encephalitis

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

While in Timor-Leste, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.

Road Conditions and Safety: All traffic operates on the left side of the road, and most vehicles use right-hand drive.

Driving in Dili is especially hazardous, with large trucks and military vehicles sharing the streets with vendors, pedestrians, and livestock.  Roads are often poorly maintained, and four-wheel drive may be required in some areas. Sparse or non-existent lighting and poor road conditions make driving at night hazardous. Many cars and, especially, motorcycles operate at night without lights.

During the rainy season from November to May, rain showers can severely damage cross-island roadways, making roads particularly risky. You should use caution when traveling on the cross-island roadways in the mountain areas of Aileu, Ermera, Manatuto, Ainaro, and Manufahi districts.

Traffic Laws: If you are involved in a traffic accident, you should contact the police. Bystanders sometimes attack the driver perceived to be responsible for a traffic accident. If you believe that there is a threat of bodily harm from people at the scene of the accident, it is advisable to drive to the nearest police station before stopping.

While vehicle insurance is required in Timor-Leste, compliance with this rule is limited and many drivers are uninsured. Most traffic accidents are settled informally between those involved.

Public Transportation: Taxis, small buses, and mini-vans provide public transportation in Dili and elsewhere.  Public transportation is generally overcrowded, uncomfortable, and below international safety standards.

Public transportation operators have been known to unexpectedly drop passengers at locations other than their destination due to the operators’ fears about certain areas or hours.  Disagreement about fares has occasionally led to hostilities.

Public transport is generally inadvisable and is generally unavailable after dark, although taxis are occasionally available at select locations.

See our Road Safety page for more information.  Visit the website of Timor-Leste’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Timor-Leste, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Timor-Leste’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

For Coastal Countries:

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Timor-Leste should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci.  Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https:homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal select “broadcast warnings”.

Hague Convention Participation
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Dili,Timor Leste

Avenida de Portugal
Praia dos Coqueiros
Dili
Timor-Leste
Telephone: +(670) 332-4684
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(670) 723-1328
Fax: +(670) 331-3206

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
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Hague Convention Information

Timor-Leste is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoptio(Hague Adoption Convention).  Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Intercountry adoptions from Timor-Leste are rare; fewer than five adoptions by American citizen parents have taken place in the last decade.

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the adoption authority of Timor-Leste.  U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Timor-Leste should contact the Ministry of Social Solidarity to inquire about applicable laws and procedures.  U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Timor-Leste, who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country, should also contact Timor-Leste’s adoption authority.  See contact information below.

Caution:  Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable.  In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible.  In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Timor-Leste and the U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste’s website for information on consular services.

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Contact Information

TIMOR-LESTE'S ADOPTION AUTHORITY:
Ministry of Social Solidarity
Rua de Caicoli
Dili, Timor-Leste
Tel:  +670-331-2256
Fax:  +670-331-0392
Email:  info@mss.gov.tl
Internet:  mss.gov.tl (in Tetum language only)

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Two 12 Months
B-1 None Two 3 Months
B-2 None Two 3 Months
B-1/B-2 None Two 3 Months
C-1 None Two 3 Months
C-1/D None Two 3 Months
C-2 None Two 3 Months
C-3 None Two 3 Months
CW-1 11 None One 3 Months
CW-2 11 None One 3 Months
D None Two 3 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None One 3 Months
F-1 None Two 3 Months
F-2 None Two 3 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None One 3 Months 3
H-1C None One 3 Months 3
H-2A None One 3 Months 3
H-2B None One 3 Months 3
H-2R None One 3 Months 3
H-3 None One 3 Months 3
H-4 None One 3 Months 3
I None One 3 Months
J-1 4 None One 3 Months
J-2 4 None One 3 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None One 3 Months
L-2 None One 3 Months
M-1 None Two 3 Months
M-2 None Two 3 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None One 3 Months 3
O-2 None One 3 Months 3
O-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-1 None One 3 Months 3
P-2 None One 3 Months 3
P-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-4 None One 3 Months 3
Q-1 6 None One 3 Months 3
R-1 None One 3 Months
R-2 None One 3 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Generally available. Birth certificates ("Certidao do Nacimento") are issued by the Civil Registry district office in the districts of Dili, Baucau, Bobonaro, Ermera, Lautém, Manatuto, Oecussi-Ambeno, and Viqueque. Birth certificates from the districts of Covalima, Aileu, Ainaro, Liquiçá, and Manufahi (Same) are issued by the Civil Registry central office in Dili. Birth certificates are issued based on baptismal certificates or other religious ceremonies or a declaration of birth by a village office. Many Timore-Leste citizens do not automatically receive birth certificates at birth, and certificates issued significantly after birth may not be accurate. Actual birthdates and years may not be correct. Timorese citizens who want the Civil Registry to reissue a previously issued birth certificate can apply at the original issuing office with the control number of the original document. There is no charge for this reissuance.

Address for the Ministry of Justice Headquarters: Ministerio da Justica, Rua Jacinto Candido, Dili, Timor-Leste.

Death Certificates

Generally available. ("Certidao Obito") are issued by the Civil Registry district office in the districts of Dili, Baucau, Bobonaro, Ermera, Lautém, Manatuto, Oecussi-Ambeno, and Viqueque. Death certificates from the districts of Covalima, Aileu, Ainaro, Liquiçá, and Manufahi (Same) are issued by the Civil Registry central office in Dili. Death certificates are issued based on hospital death certificates or other information obtained by local authorities. Timorese citizens who want the Civil Registry to reissue a previously issued death certificate can apply at the original issuing office with the control number of the original document. There is no charge for this reissuance.

Address for the Ministry of Justice Headquarters: Ministerio da Justica, Rua Jacinto Candido, Dili, Timor-Leste.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Generally available. Marriage certificates ("Certidao Casamento") are issued by the Civil Registry district office in the districts of Dili, Baucau, Bobonaro, Ermera, Lautém, Manatuto, Oecussi-Ambeno, and Viqueque. Marriage certificates from the districts of Covalima, Aileu, Ainaro, Liquiçá, and Manufahi (Same) are issued by the Civil Registry central office in Dili. Civil registry marriage certificates are issued based on a church or other religious marriage certificate. Marriages are considered valid on the date of the religious ceremony. Timorese citizens who want the Civil Registry to reissue a previously issued marriage certificate can apply at the original issuing office with the control number of the original document. There is no charge for this reissuance.

Address for the Ministry of Justice Headquarters: Ministerio da Justica, Rua Jacinto Candido, Dili, Timor-Leste.

Divorce Certificates

Generally available. Divorce certificates ("Certidao Divorsio") are issued by the Civil Registry district office in the districts of Dili, Baucau, Bobonaro, Ermera, Lautém, Manatuto, Oecussi-Ambeno, and Viqueque. Divorce certificates from the districts of Covalima, Aileu, Ainaro, Liquiçá, and Manufahi (Same) are issued by the Civil Registry central office in Dili. Divorce certificates are issued based on court issued divorce decrees. Timorese citizens who want the Civil Registry to reissue a previously issued divorce certificate can apply at the original issuing office with the control number of the original document. There is no charge for this reissuance.

Address for the Ministry of Justice Headquarters: Ministerio da Justica, Rua Jacinto Candido, Dili, Timor-Leste.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

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Military Records

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Passports & Other Travel Documents

Service/Official - Timorese service passports are Blue color and have 48 pages. Service passports issued after December 24, 2007, have hand-written information on the data page. Passports issued after December 24, 2007, will have a digitized photograph and a machine-readable zone. Service passports are valid for 4 years and 4 be extended. They are issued by the Ministry of Justice, Division for Civil and Criminal Records.

Diplomatic -Timorese diplomatic passports are Red color and have 48 pages. Diplomatic passports have hand-written information on the data page. Diplomatic passports are valid for 4 years and 4 be extended. They are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Jakarta, Indonesia (Embassy)

Dili, Timor-Leste (Embassy)

Visa Services

The United States Embassy in Jakarta is responsible for processing all immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for East Timorese applicants until further notice.

The U.S. Embassy in Dili is located on the Avenida de Portugual in the Pantai Kelapa neighborhood.

Tel: (670) 332-4684
Fax: (670) 331-3206

U.S. Embassy Dili will provide limited Consular services for American citizens, including registration, notarial and emergency services; visa services will not be available. U.S. Embassy Dili will also forward U.S. passport applications to Embassy Jakarta for issuance.

The Embassy in Dili does not yet have a website, however, additional information is located on the Embassy Jakarta website listed above.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 966-3202 (202) 966-3205

New York, NY (212) 759-3675 (212) 759-4196

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Dili,Timor Leste
Avenida de Portugal
Praia dos Coqueiros
Dili
Timor-Leste
Telephone
+(670) 332-4684
Emergency
+(670) 723-1328
Fax
+(670) 331-3206
Timor-Leste Country Map

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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Timor-Leste
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Six months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

 One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes 

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Dili,Timor Leste

Avenida de Portugal
Praia dos Coqueiros
Dili
Timor-Leste
Telephone: +(670) 332-4684
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(670) 723-1328
Fax: +(670) 331-3206

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Destination Description

See the Department of State's Fact Sheet for information on U.S.-Timor-Leste relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

You need a passport valid for six months beyond the date of arrival in Timor-Leste. Travelers arriving by air may obtain a 30-day tourist visa-on-arrival for a fee of 30 USD.

If entering Timor-Leste by land, you will need a travel authorization letter prior to entry as visas-on-arrival are no longer available at the land border with Indonesia. You must renew this visa and pay an additional fee if you plan to stay longer than 30-days.

Please see the website of the Timor-Leste Immigration Department for the most current information on visas and extensions. Visitors traveling via air must transit Singapore, Darwin in Australia, or Bali in Indonesia en route to Timor-Leste.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of  Timor-Leste.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Timor-Leste has experienced several episodes of violence since becoming independent in 2002. However, there have been no major country-wide civil disturbances since 2008, and international peacekeepers departed the country at the end of 2012.

You should exercise caution, use common sense, avoid large gatherings, remain alert with regard to your personal security, and avoid travel after dark to public places, including, but not limited to, clubs, restaurants, bars, schools, places of worship, outdoor recreational events, hotels, resorts and beaches, and other locations frequented by foreigners.

You should review U.S. Embassy security messages and maintain a high level of security awareness while moving around the country.
Timorese security forces occasionally establish official security checkpoints along roads. You may be expected to show your passport at these checkpoints. You should avoid illegal checkpoints not operated by the police or military in uniforms, which, to date, have been primarily targeted at Timorese nationals.

Crime:

Pick pocketing, purse snatching, residential and automobile break-ins, and theft occur, especially in Dili. These crimes often occur in recreational areas and facilities frequented by foreigners. Victims of crime who resist may face physical violence by perpetrators.

Stone-throwing attacks on vehicles occur during periods of gang conflicts and civil unrest. Avoid travel at night or alone in unfamiliar areas. Women should avoid traveling or taking taxis alone, especially at night. Women walking or exercising alone in Dili have reported harrassment and groping incidents.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

Report crimes to the local police at 112  and contact the U.S. Embassy at +670-7723-1328.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. If you are suspected of criminal activity, the law provides that you may be incarcerated for up to one year pending the criminal investigation.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

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. As a result, if you encounter problems while traveling or doing business in Timor-Leste you may find it difficult to identify legal or administrative remedies.

Currency: The U.S. dollar is the official currency of Timor-Leste. 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 which are frequently inoperative and can charge high fees.

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. For more information, please consult the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship's website.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There is no legal protection based on sexual orientation or gender identity in Timor-Leste. However, since 2009, the penal code specifies that crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation (as well as ethnicity, religion, disability, etc.) may be subject to higher penalties. Although there are some openly gay public personalities, LGBT individuals generally maintain very low profiles. An LGBT organization exists, and there have been no formal reports of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, due in part to limited awareness of the issue. Discrimination may be underreported due to the lack of recourse stemming from the absence of formal legal protections, and a lack of formal legal protections.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Although the Timorese Constitution guarantees the same rights to disabled citizens as it does to all other citizens, Timor-Leste does not currently have legislation that mandates access to transportation, communication, and public buildings for persons with disabilities. Currently most public places and public transportation are not accessible. Persons with disabilities will face difficulties in Timor-Leste as foot paths, rest rooms, road crossings, and tourist areas are not equipped for people with disabilities.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: Leste is socially conservative and you should avoid wearing revealing clothing, particularly in crowded public areas such as markets. Timor-Leste has a very high rate of domestic violence.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Limited emergency medical care is available in Dili and options for routine medical care throughout the rest of country are extremely limited. Serious medical problems require hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to Australia (the nearest point with acceptable medical care), Singapore, or the United States, and can cost thousands of dollars.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Timor-Leste to ensure the medication is legal in Timor-Leste. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

The following diseases are prevelant:

  • Zika Virus: For general information and the latest updates about Zika, as well as steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual exposure to the virus, please visit the CDC website
  • Dengue Fever
  • Chikungunya
  • Malaria (MED level 2)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Japanese Encephalitis

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

While in Timor-Leste, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.

Road Conditions and Safety: All traffic operates on the left side of the road, and most vehicles use right-hand drive.

Driving in Dili is especially hazardous, with large trucks and military vehicles sharing the streets with vendors, pedestrians, and livestock.  Roads are often poorly maintained, and four-wheel drive may be required in some areas. Sparse or non-existent lighting and poor road conditions make driving at night hazardous. Many cars and, especially, motorcycles operate at night without lights.

During the rainy season from November to May, rain showers can severely damage cross-island roadways, making roads particularly risky. You should use caution when traveling on the cross-island roadways in the mountain areas of Aileu, Ermera, Manatuto, Ainaro, and Manufahi districts.

Traffic Laws: If you are involved in a traffic accident, you should contact the police. Bystanders sometimes attack the driver perceived to be responsible for a traffic accident. If you believe that there is a threat of bodily harm from people at the scene of the accident, it is advisable to drive to the nearest police station before stopping.

While vehicle insurance is required in Timor-Leste, compliance with this rule is limited and many drivers are uninsured. Most traffic accidents are settled informally between those involved.

Public Transportation: Taxis, small buses, and mini-vans provide public transportation in Dili and elsewhere.  Public transportation is generally overcrowded, uncomfortable, and below international safety standards.

Public transportation operators have been known to unexpectedly drop passengers at locations other than their destination due to the operators’ fears about certain areas or hours.  Disagreement about fares has occasionally led to hostilities.

Public transport is generally inadvisable and is generally unavailable after dark, although taxis are occasionally available at select locations.

See our Road Safety page for more information.  Visit the website of Timor-Leste’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Timor-Leste, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Timor-Leste’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

For Coastal Countries:

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Timor-Leste should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci.  Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https:homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal select “broadcast warnings”.

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Dili,Timor Leste

Avenida de Portugal
Praia dos Coqueiros
Dili
Timor-Leste
Telephone: +(670) 332-4684
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(670) 723-1328
Fax: +(670) 331-3206

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

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Hague Convention Information

Timor-Leste is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoptio(Hague Adoption Convention).  Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section  204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).

Intercountry adoptions from Timor-Leste are rare; fewer than five adoptions by American citizen parents have taken place in the last decade.

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the adoption authority of Timor-Leste.  U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Timor-Leste should contact the Ministry of Social Solidarity to inquire about applicable laws and procedures.  U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Timor-Leste, who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country, should also contact Timor-Leste’s adoption authority.  See contact information below.

Caution:  Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable.  In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible.  In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.

Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Timor-Leste and the U.S. Embassy in Timor-Leste’s website for information on consular services.

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Contact Information

TIMOR-LESTE'S ADOPTION AUTHORITY:
Ministry of Social Solidarity
Rua de Caicoli
Dili, Timor-Leste
Tel:  +670-331-2256
Fax:  +670-331-0392
Email:  info@mss.gov.tl
Internet:  mss.gov.tl (in Tetum language only)

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Two 12 Months
B-1 None Two 3 Months
B-2 None Two 3 Months
B-1/B-2 None Two 3 Months
C-1 None Two 3 Months
C-1/D None Two 3 Months
C-2 None Two 3 Months
C-3 None Two 3 Months
CW-1 11 None One 3 Months
CW-2 11 None One 3 Months
D None Two 3 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None One 3 Months
F-1 None Two 3 Months
F-2 None Two 3 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None One 3 Months 3
H-1C None One 3 Months 3
H-2A None One 3 Months 3
H-2B None One 3 Months 3
H-2R None One 3 Months 3
H-3 None One 3 Months 3
H-4 None One 3 Months 3
I None One 3 Months
J-1 4 None One 3 Months
J-2 4 None One 3 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None One 3 Months
L-2 None One 3 Months
M-1 None Two 3 Months
M-2 None Two 3 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None One 3 Months 3
O-2 None One 3 Months 3
O-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-1 None One 3 Months 3
P-2 None One 3 Months 3
P-3 None One 3 Months 3
P-4 None One 3 Months 3
Q-1 6 None One 3 Months 3
R-1 None One 3 Months
R-2 None One 3 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Generally available. Birth certificates ("Certidao do Nacimento") are issued by the Civil Registry district office in the districts of Dili, Baucau, Bobonaro, Ermera, Lautém, Manatuto, Oecussi-Ambeno, and Viqueque. Birth certificates from the districts of Covalima, Aileu, Ainaro, Liquiçá, and Manufahi (Same) are issued by the Civil Registry central office in Dili. Birth certificates are issued based on baptismal certificates or other religious ceremonies or a declaration of birth by a village office. Many Timore-Leste citizens do not automatically receive birth certificates at birth, and certificates issued significantly after birth may not be accurate. Actual birthdates and years may not be correct. Timorese citizens who want the Civil Registry to reissue a previously issued birth certificate can apply at the original issuing office with the control number of the original document. There is no charge for this reissuance.

Address for the Ministry of Justice Headquarters: Ministerio da Justica, Rua Jacinto Candido, Dili, Timor-Leste.

Death Certificates

Generally available. ("Certidao Obito") are issued by the Civil Registry district office in the districts of Dili, Baucau, Bobonaro, Ermera, Lautém, Manatuto, Oecussi-Ambeno, and Viqueque. Death certificates from the districts of Covalima, Aileu, Ainaro, Liquiçá, and Manufahi (Same) are issued by the Civil Registry central office in Dili. Death certificates are issued based on hospital death certificates or other information obtained by local authorities. Timorese citizens who want the Civil Registry to reissue a previously issued death certificate can apply at the original issuing office with the control number of the original document. There is no charge for this reissuance.

Address for the Ministry of Justice Headquarters: Ministerio da Justica, Rua Jacinto Candido, Dili, Timor-Leste.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Generally available. Marriage certificates ("Certidao Casamento") are issued by the Civil Registry district office in the districts of Dili, Baucau, Bobonaro, Ermera, Lautém, Manatuto, Oecussi-Ambeno, and Viqueque. Marriage certificates from the districts of Covalima, Aileu, Ainaro, Liquiçá, and Manufahi (Same) are issued by the Civil Registry central office in Dili. Civil registry marriage certificates are issued based on a church or other religious marriage certificate. Marriages are considered valid on the date of the religious ceremony. Timorese citizens who want the Civil Registry to reissue a previously issued marriage certificate can apply at the original issuing office with the control number of the original document. There is no charge for this reissuance.

Address for the Ministry of Justice Headquarters: Ministerio da Justica, Rua Jacinto Candido, Dili, Timor-Leste.

Divorce Certificates

Generally available. Divorce certificates ("Certidao Divorsio") are issued by the Civil Registry district office in the districts of Dili, Baucau, Bobonaro, Ermera, Lautém, Manatuto, Oecussi-Ambeno, and Viqueque. Divorce certificates from the districts of Covalima, Aileu, Ainaro, Liquiçá, and Manufahi (Same) are issued by the Civil Registry central office in Dili. Divorce certificates are issued based on court issued divorce decrees. Timorese citizens who want the Civil Registry to reissue a previously issued divorce certificate can apply at the original issuing office with the control number of the original document. There is no charge for this reissuance.

Address for the Ministry of Justice Headquarters: Ministerio da Justica, Rua Jacinto Candido, Dili, Timor-Leste.

Adoption Certificates

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Identity Card

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Police, Court, Prison Records

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Military Records

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Passports & Other Travel Documents

Service/Official - Timorese service passports are Blue color and have 48 pages. Service passports issued after December 24, 2007, have hand-written information on the data page. Passports issued after December 24, 2007, will have a digitized photograph and a machine-readable zone. Service passports are valid for 4 years and 4 be extended. They are issued by the Ministry of Justice, Division for Civil and Criminal Records.

Diplomatic -Timorese diplomatic passports are Red color and have 48 pages. Diplomatic passports have hand-written information on the data page. Diplomatic passports are valid for 4 years and 4 be extended. They are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Jakarta, Indonesia (Embassy)

Dili, Timor-Leste (Embassy)

Visa Services

The United States Embassy in Jakarta is responsible for processing all immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for East Timorese applicants until further notice.

The U.S. Embassy in Dili is located on the Avenida de Portugual in the Pantai Kelapa neighborhood.

Tel: (670) 332-4684
Fax: (670) 331-3206

U.S. Embassy Dili will provide limited Consular services for American citizens, including registration, notarial and emergency services; visa services will not be available. U.S. Embassy Dili will also forward U.S. passport applications to Embassy Jakarta for issuance.

The Embassy in Dili does not yet have a website, however, additional information is located on the Embassy Jakarta website listed above.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 966-3202 (202) 966-3205

New York, NY (212) 759-3675 (212) 759-4196

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Dili,Timor Leste
Avenida de Portugal
Praia dos Coqueiros
Dili
Timor-Leste
Telephone
+(670) 332-4684
Emergency
+(670) 723-1328
Fax
+(670) 331-3206
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