According to neovideogames, East Timor (English: Timor-Leste, Tetun: Timór Lorosa’e, Portuguese: Timor-Leste) is a country in Asia / Oceania. East Timor consists of the eastern half of the island of Timor and borders only West Timor (Indonesia). The territory of East Timor also includes the islands of Atauro and Jaco, and the Oecussi-Ambeno district in West Timor. According to naturegnosis, East Timor has been independent from Indonesia since 2002. The capital of East Timor is Dili. A number of major cities in East Timor are: Suai, Baucau and Viqueque.
East Timor is known as an unstable country. Both politically and economically. The country is dominated by attacks, riots and gangs. Tourism is therefore almost at a standstill. The interior of East Timor is characterized by rugged mountains, rice fields and tropical forests. On the coastline you will find beautiful white sandy beaches and clear water where you can dive for coral reefs and colorful fish. The country is also known for beautiful buildings such as statues and churches. In many areas you will find abandoned houses, tent camps, poverty and soldiers.
Where is East Timor located?
Travel information of East Timor
Official name: Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Continent: Oceania and Asia
Area: 14,874 km²
Country code: TL, TLS
Population: 1,383,723 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 2,963 m (Tatamailau)
Distance (Amsterdam – Dili): 12,805 km
Flight time: approx. 19 hours
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in East Timor that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of East Timor, please visit Countryaah.
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to East Timor. For separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) please visit our travel offer page.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about East Timor?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in East Timor at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
East Timor has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 25 to 35 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for East Timor can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of East Timor can be found at Climate info.
June, July, August, September and October are the best months to travel to East Timor. This avoids the prolonged rainy season.
Tetun (Tetum) and Portuguese are both an official language in East Timor. In addition, Indonesian is widely spoken.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in East Timor.
A visa is required. You can purchase this for approximately USD 30 upon arrival in East Timor (valid for 30 days).
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Indonesia (also for East Timor):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
It is advisable to get one or more vaccinations before visiting East Timor.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Malaria occurs in East Timor. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
In East Timor the currency is the US dollar (USD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in East Timor can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in East Timor are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -20% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (48% cheaper), food (20% cheaper), imported beer in catering (21% cheaper), cigarettes (78% cheaper) and public transport (92% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In East Timor it is customary to tip approximately 5-10%.
During our summer time it is 7 hours later in East Timor.
During our winter time it is 8 hours later in East Timor.
East Timor has no difference in winter time and summer time.
Find the local time, date and time zone for East Timor on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In East Timor you have to drive on the left.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within East Timor.
In East Timor you may need a travel plug in some cases.
More information about common plugs and sockets in East Timor can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news regarding East Timor can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from East Timor can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from East Timor end with.tl.
Official website of East Timor: timor-leste.gov.tl.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in East Timor is 00670 or +670.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from East Timor? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of East Timor.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from East Timor.
An overview of all public holidays in East Timor can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in East Timor, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about East Timor?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited East Timor. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in East Timor can be found on Protected Planet.
East Timor is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to East Timor? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to East Timor.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking at all ages.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Unknown
– Smoking ban: No
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…East Timor has only been independent from Indonesia since 2002?
…Less than 50% of adults in East Timor can read?
…East Timor looks like a crocodile?
…The occupation by Indonesia cost more than 100,000 lives?