Anyone applied for an East Timor visa in Bali?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 8, 2012 5:31 AM Last Post By: Acebaybe
Oct 8, 2012 6:28 AM
Oct 8, 2012 4:15 PM
1I think if you FLY to Dili, as opposed to entering the country by land, you can still get a visa on arrival.
Oct 8, 2012 10:53 PM
2The Timorese consulates in Kupang and Bali do not issue visas. They issue free 'Visa Application Authorizations'.
These are only needed if you intend to enter Timor-Leste by any of the land borders, and you are not a Timorese, Portuguese or Indonesian passport holder. You then pay for and obtain the visa when you arrive at a land border.
If you fly to Dili (or arrive by private boat), you will be issued a Visa on Arrival. It is $30 for 30 days. You will need to obtain the US dollars for the visa in advance, as there is nowhere to obtain US dollars at the airport, before you pass through immigration.
The Timorese immigration website is well written and organized. Unfortunately this is a false representation of the actual running of the department, which is badly organized.
A few examples:
- You are unlikely to every receive a reply to an email application for an authorization, even though there is a whole email application procedure outlined on the website in clear English.
- It states that if you want either a 90 day or multiple entry visa on arrival (applicable boxes are on the application form), then you should obtain an authorization by email before you fly into Dili. I've been told by the consulate in Kupang, (again, no reply ever received from the email address on the website), that this information is wrong. However no one has updated this wrong information for over 2 years.
- If you print out the authorization application form from the website and take it to the Kupang consulate, they will make you redo it, as the consulate have created their own version of the form, which is exactly the same as the website one, except that someone has used 'WordArt' in Microsoft Word to write something like 'Consulate of Timor-Leste in Kupang' along the top. That is the only change in the entire 3 page form, but you will need to rewrite all three pages of the form. There are no tables around the massive consulate building to help you write this out, only a small ledge in front of the application window, so hope no one else is applying at the same time as yourself.
There are many more examples, but that is enough for now.
Nov 8, 2012 5:31 AM
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