The currency is the U.S. dollar (USD). Newer dollar bills are favoured. Credit cards are not widely accepted in Timor Leste.
There are three banks in Dili: ANZ Banking Group, Bank Mandiri and Banco Nacional Ultramarino. The ANZ Banking Group has automated banking machines that dispense U.S. dollars to those using debit cards that are Cirrus/Maestro linked. There is also a Western Union for money transfers.
Traveler should bring with them US dollars in cash or travellers’ cheques. The limited banking system in Timor Lester will not exchange lots of curencies.
Visa & Passport
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 06 months from the date of entry into Timor Leste.
Visas are issued upon arrival to valid passport holders, based on the purpose and length of the intended stay. An entry fee of US$30 is payable for a visit of up to 30 days.
Security and safety
Maintain a high level of personal security awareness, monitor the news and follow the instructions of local authorities.
Facilities and services such as hotels, restaurants and public transportation are available in Dili capital but are very limited or non-existent elsewhere on the island. International calls are possible only from Dili and several districts close to the capital. Internet access and mobile telephone coverage is available in Dili but is limited elsewhere.
Travellers visiting for less than three months may drive in Timor-Leste if they hold a valid driver’s licence or an International Driving Permit. Longer-term visitors must obtain a local driver’s licence from the Department of Transport.
Timor Leste has a hot and humid climate (tropical). From November to May is the wet season with the temperatures averaging 30ºC the year round, with temperatures far cooler in higher altitude areas. The dry season lasts for about six months during June to October.
Making travel difficult to remote district areas during the wet season cause of the roads are often damaged.