Travel to East Timor

East Timor: entry and exit regulations


A valid passport is required to enter Timor-Leste (East Timor). Upon entry, a visa for four weeks will be issued for a fee of US $ 30. The extension costs US $ 30 per four weeks. The visa is issued when entering the airport or when entering by land.

Travelers with a Portuguese passport receive a 90-day free visa.

Departure fee

The exit fee is US $ 10.

Import and export of goods

Visitors can import goods valued at US $ 1,000.

The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.


Two liters of hard alcohol or the equivalent, 200 cigarettes or 250 g of tobacco.

Goods valued above US $ 500 must be cleared through customs.

East Timor: Transport/Getting There

How do you get to East Timor?

About Australia

Air North flies daily from Darwin, Australia to Dili. The flight takes about 2 hours.

About Bali

Air Maerpati flies Denpassar (Bali/Indonesia) – Dili about seven times a week.

From Indonesia

buses run from the Oecussi enclave to Dili.

The border crossings are usually not served excessively by buses. Anyone entering overland requires a visa, which they should have organized before starting their journey.

There is a bus between Kupang and Dili and one between Oesili and Oecussi.

Travel in the country


The public bus system is very well developed. You can reach almost any place in the country by bus or Mikrolet, a minibus.


East Timor has a total of 3,800 km of roads, around 430 km of which are paved.

Rental cars

The country can be easily explored by car and motorbikes, which can be rented in the capital Dili.


The country is suitable for cyclists due to the short distances. However, since there are hardly any bike rentals, you should bring your own bike if possible.

Ferry connections

There are regular ferries between Dili Oekusi and Ataúru Island.

Flight connections

Merpati Airlines flies seven times a week from Denpasar in Bali/Indonesia to Dili. Air North flies two to three times a day from Darwin, Australia to Dili.

Vehicle country identification

According to Abbreviationfinder, the East Timor international license plate is:


East Timor: Embassies and Consulates

Visit Countryaah for a full list of East Timor embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of East Timor in Germany

Embassy, consulate

There is no representation of East Timor in Germany.

German representations in East Timor


The embassy in Indonesia is responsible (see here >>>).

Austrian representations in East Timor


The embassy in Indonesia is responsible (see here >>>).

Representations of East Timor in Austria

Embassy, Consulate

East Timor has no diplomatic representation in Austria.

Swiss representations in East Timor


The embassy in Indonesia is responsible (see here >>>).

Representations of East Timor in Switzerland

Embassy, consulate

East Timor has no diplomatic representation in Switzerland.

East Timor: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings

Local diseases

In East Timor, the following diseases are to be expected, which are not or less common in Germany or Central and Northern Europe:

  • Malaria: There is a year-round risk. Between 60% and 70% of infections occur with the very dangerous malaria tropica, the rest with malaria tertiana.
  • Schistosomiasis
  • cholera
  • Dengue fever disease
  • Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria
  • Filariasis
  • Typhus, especially in the northeast of the country
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Polio, polio
  • pest
  • tetanus
  • rabies

Recommended vaccinations

when traveling to East Timor, the following vaccinations recommended:

  • diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Polio, polio
  • tetanus
  • rabies
  • typhus

Malaria prophylaxis

When traveling in the country, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. However, if the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a “stand-by preparation” with you.

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than one year and coming from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against yellow fever.

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most children in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007.

There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory co-payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge:

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis.

As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.

Current warnings

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens’ Service

Phone: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000

East Timor: currency, shopping

The local currency is the US dollar.

Conversion rate

You can find a currency converter here:

Bank opening hours

The opening times of the country’s banks are:

Monday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday from: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There are three banks in the country:

the Australian ANZ bank, the Portuguese CGD-BNU bank and the Indonesian Mandiri bank.

There are almost only ATMs in Dili and credit cards are rarely accepted.


Shop opening times

Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

There is a long lunch break at noon.

Inexpensive or country-specific goods, souvenirs from

Tais weaving mills, which you can buy on the market in Dili, for example.

Coffee: Since 90% of the high-quality Arabica coffee is grown, it is worth taking coffee home as a souvenir.

Travel to East Timor