Timor-Leste FAQ

When is the best time to visit Timor-Leste?

Answer: The best time to travel is between May to November
Coffee harvest time : June – October
Diving > Year round
Snorkelling > April through to October
Bird Watching > Year round
Fishing > year round

What is the weather like?

Wet Season > Dec – April
Dry Season > May – Nov

Is Timor-Leste a safe destination to visit now?

Generally speaking, yes. While there has been considerable political unrest in a past, today Timor-Leste is a peaceful country.

Do I need a visa?

Visa required for most nationalities can be obtained on arrival at the cost of USD 30.00 for a maximum stay of 30 days. Passports must have a validity of at least 6 months

What’s the currency use in Timor-Leste

United Stated Dollar (USD), please ensure year 2006 and above issuance. You’re advised to bring small notes of USD 5-20. Timor-Leste has their own set of coins which is widely used throughout the country but cannot be exchanged elsewhere in the world.

Is credit card payment widely accepted in Timor-Leste?

Not generally, only in some big establishment such as top range hotels, car rental companies, airlines, and very few restaurants accept credit card. Be prepared to pay surcharge of 5%.

Are the people able to understand English?

Although the official language is Portuguese and national language is Tetun, English and Bahasa is widely spoken.

Are there international hotel chain?

No, there are many nice and comfortable hotels scattered throughout Dili but not outside the Capita

What standard of accommodation should I expect?

In a Capital, for USD 25 a night you could stay at a back pack accommodation type, standard hotel with en suite bathroom will typically cost between USD 40- USD 60 a night inclusive breakfast. Top range hotels cost between USD 70- USD 165 per night inclusive breakfast.

Various Guesthouses outside the Capital cost between USD 15- USD40 per night. There are generally very basic accommodations with common bathroom and it has no air con/fan.

How much should I budget for meals per day?

For USD 15.00 per day you will get decent lunch and dinner which typically cost about USD 6.00 per meal with some left over for mineral water/nice Timor Coffee.