Timor-Leste Fast Facts

Essential information for the first-time visitor to Timor-Leste.


Tetum and Portuguese are the official languages of Timor-Leste, although Portuguese is usually reserved for official occasions. Bahasa Indonesia is also widely understood, as is English.


US Dollars. Bring plenty of small bills. Credit cards are not widely used in Timor-Leste. There are ATM cash machine in Dili, and one at the airport.

Note: MasterCard are not used nationwide and visa is only accepted

Passport Requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry is required.


Portuguese passport holders (1) are granted free visas for stays in Timor-Leste of up to 90 days. All other nationals require a visa. Single-entry visa valid for 30 days are issued on arrival at the International Airport in Dili or Dili Sea Port. A 30-day single-entry visa costs US$30; cash only.

Nationals arriving at a land border must apply in advance for a Visa Application Authorisation (US$30). Travellers must show they have sufficient funds to support themselves for the period of the proposed stay (US$50 per day) and accommodation arrangements. An onward ticket must be presented at the border. Ninety-day multiple entry visas can be obtained in advance.


Taxis are readily available in Dili. Rental cars or motorbikes are the best ways to get around in rural areas. The Discovery Inn also has a driver service, with English-speaking chauffeurs available.


Roman Catholic 98%, Muslim 1%, Protestant 1%. Timor-Leste remains a very traditional country. Outside of Dili visitors are asked to be mindful of local standards regarding dress and behaviour.


Timor-Leste has two seasons: Wet (December – April) and Dry (May – November). Day temperatures average 30°-35°C year-round, dropping to the low-20s at night in the lowlands and 15°C in the mountains.
The end of the Dry Season is the hottest time of year, with temperatures over 35°C.

Time zone
GMT + 9 (no daylight saving)

Dialling code