Air travel is the best way to get to Timor-Leste with major airlines serving flights into Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport in Dili. Air North offers daily flights from Darwin, Australia. The airlines Citilink, Sriwikaya Air and NAM air offer daily and weekly flights from the cities of Bali (Denpasar) and Jakarta in Indonesia. Booking separate tickets from Australia and Indonesia is usually cheaper than a package fare.
Visas, Passport Information & Vaccinations
Visitors from the European Union, in addition to Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, are exempt and may enter Timor-Leste visa-free for up to 90 days. Passport holders from elsewhere must obtain a visa upon arrival for a fee of 30 USD paid in cash. (NOTE: The United Kingdom and Ireland are not exempt and still require a visa upon arrival)
A visa may be required for those flying into Indonesia first. While passport holders from most countries are exempt, many are required to obtain a visa upon arrival. The fee is 35 USD. Visitors from a select number of countries must apply for visa at Indonesia Embassies or Consulates in their home country. Please click here for the list of countries that are exempt, require a visa on arrival, or require prior clearance.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns regarding the visa process.
Visitors must hold a passport, or travel document, with an expiry date not less than 6 months from the date of entry into Timor-Leste.
Although no mandatory vaccinations required upon entry, it is advisable to be up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and a yearly flu shot.
Accommodations - Hotel Timor and Hotel Novo Turismo
Tetum and Portuguese are the official languages of Timor-Leste. Indonesian and English are also spoken to a lesser extent and are considered working languages. In addition to Tetum, the most widely spoken indigenous language, there are 37 indigenous languages spoken throughout the country.
Timor-Leste has a tropical climate with distinct dry and rainy seasons. The average temperature in Dili during November is 28 C (82.4 F). Overnight temperatures remain fairly warm with an average low of 24 C (74.2 F). While November is the last month of the official dry season, rain showers are not uncommon.
The official currency of Timor-Leste is the US dollar. It is advisable to bring cash, but banks and ATMs can be found in Dili for cash withdrawal.
Please note: The visa obtained upon arrival has a fee of 30USD and must be paid in cash.
While the small country his home to just under a quarter of a million inhabitants, most of the population is concentrated in Dili. A small capital, nonetheless, Dili offers insight into young country’s history and presents plenty of opportunities for outdoor excursions.
Chega! Museum: exhibits the results of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) process and documents on human rights abuses during the occupation.
Museum of Resistance: The conflict and struggle for independence from Indonesia is memorialized in the Timor-Leste Resistance Archive and Museum.
Tais Market: handicraft market offering a wide array of brightly woven textiles
Cristo Rei: Climb up 500 steps to the statue of Jesus “Cristo Rei” for unbeatable views of the capital and surrounding beaches.