Getting around East Timor

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Road classification

The roads are generally in poor condition and driving can be very hazardous.

Car hire

Available in Dili.


Mikrolets are the main transport in East Timor as they are extremely cheap. These are mini-vans converted into people carriers.


Mountain biking is gaining popularity in East Timor. You can bring your own or buy one locally, but rentals may not be available.


Travellers need a valid driving licence or permit either from their country or issued in East Timor, and detailing which class of vehicle they are entitled to drive. Third-party motor insurance is not available.

By water

Ferries run between Oekusi and Dili.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.