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
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 :
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