General Information

Currency: $USD, US notes and Timorese coins are used

Visa: When you arrive at the airport, the custom officers will issue a single-entry visa valid for 30 days and you must show a valid return ticket, proof of sufficient funds and your accommodation booking. You will also need to fill out immigration, as well as Customs forms

Climate: East Timor has two seasons. The wet season is December to April and the dry season is May to November. Daytime temperatures in the lowland area ranges from 30°C to 35°C dropping into the low 20’s overnight. In the mountains temperatures can drop as low as 15°C overnight.

Language: Tetum and Portuguese are the official languages. English and Indonesian are also widely spoken throughout Timor-Leste.

Religion: Approximately 95% of East Timorese are Catholic. Religious days are closely observed, loud noise and frivolous behaviour are frowned on during these times.

Water: Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should be boiled or sterilised. It is recommended to drink bottled water. In the tropics it is important to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration.

Shopping: In the centre of Dili, the local market is a great spot to meet the locals and find batiks and embroidered fabrics in traditional patterns and colours along with coral jewellery and woodcarvings. The coffee from Timor-Leste is unique and different from other coffees around the world. It is organically grown, renowned for its sharp flavour and definitely worth a try.

Diving: Timor-Leste offers the adventurous diver the opportunity to explore the unexplored and has some of the most accessible shore diving in South East Asia. Alternatively you can venture out to the famous Atauro Island, a 45 minute boat ride from Dili. Average water temperature is 28°C. A protective lycra suit or  3mm suit is recommended. Best visibility is between July to October. 

Departure Tax: A local tax of US$10 is to be on departure at the airport. Please have US cash available.

Ways to get around:

  • Microlet 25c
  • Taxi (yellow) $2-5
  • Taxi (blue) $3-7
  • Motorbike/ scooter- can be hired short term or bought for long term
  • Car- can be hired short term or bought for long term
  • Bus- for travel from district to district

Useful Websites

General Timor-Leste information 


Transport, Mobile: +(670) 7741 6983

Taltabi Motor Rentals: Tel (+670) 7795 7364/7723 4777