Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL)
The Polícia Nacional de Timor-Leste (PNTL) is the national police force of Timor-Leste. The PNTL was established in May 2002 by the United Nations, before sovereignty was passed to the new state, with a mandate to provide security and maintain law and order throughout the country, and to enable the rapid development of a credible, professional and impartial police service. There are at least three special units within the PNTL: the Police Reserve Unit (formerly the Rapid Deployment Service); the Border Patrol Unit (Unidade de Patrulhamento de Fronteiras, UPF); and the Rapid Intervention Unit (UIR).
As a fellow border related agency, we work closely with the PNTL, which includes sharing information in our common goal to tackle crime and secure our borders. In addition:
- Border Police provide security at Customs offices and also patrol the land border to identify any persons and goods crossing illegally.
- The PNTL Maritime Unit identifies and interdict vessels off Timor-Leste’s coastline and helps us to detect any smuggling of goods or persons.
- The PNTL Maritime Unit also provides security at Timor-Leste’s seaport facilities.
In terms of importing and exporting goods, you may need to obtain a permit from PNTL for certain goods, such as firearms, ammunition and explosives. These type of goods are identified by an 8-digit numerical number known as the Harmonized System (HS) number.
Regulatory requirements sometimes change at short notice, so you should always confirm potential permit requirements directly with the PNTL prior to import or export.