Singapore passport holders granted visa-free travel to Timor-Leste under new agreement

SINGAPORE: Singapore passport holders will soon be able to travel to Timor-Leste without a visa under a new agreement, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Thursday (Jun 27).

The visa waiver agreement was signed by Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and his Timorese counterpart, Bendito dos Santos Freitas, during the latter’s introductory visit to Singapore.

Under current requirements, Singapore passport holders need a tourist visa for a short-term visit to Timor-Leste.

With the mutual visa waiver for diplomatic, official, service, and ordinary passports, Singapore passport holders will be exempted from visa requirements for a stay of up to 30 days in Timor-Leste, said MFA.

Timor-Leste passport holders will continue to enjoy up to 30 days of visa-free stay in Singapore.

“The agreement will contribute towards fulfilling the requirements under the roadmap for Timor-Leste’s accession to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and strengthen the people-to-people ties between Singapore and Timor-Leste,” said MFA.

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