Country Information


Location: Southeast Asia
Capital: Dili
Population: 1.2 million
Currency: USD
Language: Tetum, Portugese
Main Religion: Catholic

Hello: Elo
Thank you: Barak

Dates in the country

First half of November 2016


Located in southeast Asia, the island of Timor is part of Maritime Southeast Asia. The local climate is tropical and generally hot and humid, characterised by distinct rainy (December-April) and dry (May-November) seasons.

Public Holidays

  • 1 January New Year’s Day
  • March/April Good Friday
  • March/April Easter Sunday
  • May 20th Independence Day
  • August 15th Assumption
  • August 30th Consultation Day Anniversary
  • September 20th Liberation Day
  • November 1st All Saints’ Day
  • November 12th Santa Cruz Day Anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre in 1991
  • December 8th Immaculate Conception
  • December 25th Christmas Day


Visa on arrival lasts 30 days $30 USD


Vaccines advised:

  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Malaria: Medication advised for the whole time in Timor-Leste

Rules of the Road

  • The minimum driving age is 18 years.
  • The speed limit in the urban areas is 50 km/h (31 mph).
  • The permitted blood alcohol level is 0.05%.
  • All motorcycle riders must wear protective helmets.
  • Drivers and all car occupants must wear seatbelts.
  • The speed limit for passenger vehicles and motorcycles is 50 km/h (31mph) within built up areas, 90 km/h (56 mph) outside built up areas, and 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways.
  • At intersections, any driver must give way to vehicles proceeding from his left.
  • A driver must always give way when he is entering a roundabout or motorway and getting out of a parking lot or any building or private path.
  • Drivers may not drive their cars so slowly that to cause unjustified impediment to other drivers.
  • While driving, drivers must carry their driver licenses and/or International driving permits, car registered documents, and insurance certificate.
  • Driving is on the left side of the road.
  • A carnet is not required for Timor-Leste

Places to visit

  • Visit Gildo and family
  • Atauro island
  • Mount Ramelau
  • Marobo hot springs – Maliana


A detailed route showing where we went overlanding and exploring. We jotted down the routes we travelled on a physical map which travelled with us from Australia to the UK, then transferred this to a digital form using Google Maps (KML and GeoRSS Layers)

These are exact appropriations, maps differ between brands and converting from paper to digital may lose some details in translation. This should still show in great detail our route.