Travel International

Note : Travellers are advised against all travel to East Timor, unless they are travelling on essential business (UN operations or relief or reconstruction work). The country is still not entirely stable and personal attacks are on the increase, both by day and by night. Terrorism may be a threat. All travel is difficult outside of the capital, Dili. In addition, there was severe flooding in East Timorís southern districts in June 2003, which washed away roads to major towns there. It is likely to be some time before they become passable and the local police advise against all travel to affected areas. For further advice visitors should contact their local government travel advice department.

Airnorth (4N) (website : flies daily from Darwin, Australia to Dili. Qantas (website : also flies to Dili.

Approximate flight times : From Darwin to Dili is 2 hours 15 minutes.

International airports :
Comoro Airport (DIL), Dili. Some international flights use Baucau Airport (BCH) in the province of Baucau.

Departure tax : US$10.

ROAD : The border crossings at Batugede and Oesilo, into Indonesian West Timor, are open. Roads and driving conditions are very poor (including in Dili) and drivers must take extreme caution. To drive, travellers need a valid driverís licence or permit either from their country or issued in East Timor, and detailing which class of vehicle they are entitled to drive. Third-party motor vehicle insurance is not available.

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Information provided by East Timor Tourism Board.


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