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Timor-Leste customs regulations

It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Timor-Leste to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Timor-Leste make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Currency
  • Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
  • Animals
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products

Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Timor-Leste customs regulations.

Import regulations in Timor-Leste

Duty-free allowance

Tobacco limit

Restricted to travellers 17 years and over. One of the following:

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 100 cigarillos;
  • 75 cigars;
  • 30 grams of cut tobacco;
  • or a proportional combination of these goods.

Bringing alcohol

Restricted to travellers 17 years and over. Both of the following:

  • 1.5 litres of spirits higher than 22% alcohol volume;
  • 5 litres of wine.

Cash limit

  • Funds of between US$5000 and US$10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
  • Travellers wishing to import over US$20,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency must obtain prior authorisation from the Central Bank of Timor-Leste.

Other goods (travellers 17+ years)

  • 75mL perfume and 375mL eau de toilette.
  • 1kg coffee.
  • 200g tea or 80g tea essence.
  • Medicine for personal use.

Other goods (travellers of all ages)

  • Goods intended for personal use, such as clothing and toiletries.
  • Gifts up to a value of US$300.

Prohibited items

The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country.

  • Live ornamental plants for individuals.
  • Fresh cut flowers.

Restricted items

These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival.

  • Pets are subject to certain import requirements, and require an import permit. For further information, please visit Quarantine Requirements for Timor-Leste.
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables must be accompanied by an official government phytosanitary certificate from the country of origin stating that the plant has been inspected and is free from pests.
  • Timber for personal use will be subject to inspection upon arrival, and must be free of plant material, animal residue, seeds, soil, and bark.
  • All dairy products must originate from pasterurised milk, and be commercially produced and packed.
  • Fresh fish must be dead, and clearly labelled with the country of origin. Dried fish will be subject to inspection on arrival.
  • Meat must be fit for human or animal consumption, must be commercially packaged, and must be accompanied by a sanitary certificate from a veterinarian, certifying that the meat is from a single species of animal, and that the meat is free of infectious diseases.

For further information, please visit the Timor-Leste Ministry of Finance.

Information has been updated: .