East Timor (Timor-Leste)
|Still current at: 07 January 2011
Updated: 10 December 2010
This advice has been reviewed and reissued without amendment. The overall level of this advice has not changed; there are currently no travel restrictions in place in East Timor.
(see travel advice legal disclaimer)
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake, including cover for medical evacuation by air ambulance. In the event of a medical emergency in East Timor, evacuation to Australia or Singapore is likely to be the only option for treatment. See our Travel Insurance page for more details. Here's how we can help if things go wrong.
There is no British representation in East Timor. Emergency consular services are provided by the New Zealand Embassy in Farol, Dili. The New Zealand Embassy is not able to accept applications for British passports but can issue Emergency Passports if necessary.
If you are applying for a British passport for the first-time you should do so at the nearest passport issuing post. The FCO website has links to post websites providing these services.
If you are applying for a passport renewal you can apply at the British Honorary Consulate in Bali or at the British Consulate General, Jakarta. You can also apply through a courier service to the British Consulate General, Jakarta. The responsibility for the fee for the courier service both ways, and for any loss in transit rests with the applicant. Both the fee and the passport (see important note) will need to be forwarded to complete the process. Contact details are below. You can also apply at any other British passport issuing post. Please note that it is not possible to arrange for the Consulate General to courier your new passport across an international border. Accordingly you must make arrangements for it to be collected from an address in Indonesia.
General - Consular Registration
Register with our LOCATE service to tell us when and where you are travelling abroad or where you live abroad so our consular and crisis staff can provide better assistance to you in an emergency.
General - Travel Documents
You should ensure that your travel documents are up-to-date and available, in case you need to leave at short notice.
We advise you to keep a photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport, to avoid any complications.
General - Money
You are advised to bring US dollars (which is the local currency) in cash or travellers’ cheques.
The limited banking system in East Timor will not exchange Pounds Sterling cash or sterling travellers' cheques. The same often applies to the Euro currency. Few places accept credit cards.