Saturday, September 18, 2021

How To Travel To East Timor

AsiaEast TimorHow To Travel To East Timor

By plane

Dili’s primary international airport is Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport (IATA: DIL), previously known as Comoro Airport.

Major international airlines that fly straight to Dili include:

  • Airnorth from Darwin, Australia
  • Air Timor from Singapore. Chartered ‘Silkair: Singapore’ flights.
  • Sriwijaya Air from Jakarta and Bali(Denpasar), Indonesia

When flying out of Dili, you must pay a US$10 airport departure tax, which must be paid in cash at the airport desk next to passport control.

By land

The major land border crossing with Indonesia is at Mota’ain (or Motain), which is located 115 kilometers west of Dili. Batugade, the closest East Timorese town, is 3 to 4 kilometers distant. The closest significant Indonesian town is Atambua in West Timor. Land border crossings are also available on the south coast at Salele (near Suai) and into Oecussi at Bobometo (Napan on the Indonesian side) and Wini on the north-east coast of Oecussi.

Most passport holders are unable to cross the border at Wini as of July 2016: when visited in July 2016, it seemed that only Indonesian and East Timorese passport holders could cross the border at this point.

As previously stated, most travelers, with the exception of Indonesian and Portuguese citizens, cannot get a visa on arrival at the land border. UPDATE: As of August 2015, the new visa waiver regulation for Schengen Agreement passport holders means that such visitors may enter Timor-Leste without a visa at any entry point – passengers have reported no issues at the Batugade border post. See the Immigration Department’s Tourist Visa website [www] for information on how to apply for a “visa application authorisation” (which may be acquired by email before to travel) or how to apply for a visa at an Embassy or Consulate if you wish to enter via a land border crossing.

You should be able to get visas at the East Timorese Consulates in both Bali and Kupang.

  • Consulate General Denpasar,  +62 8133 855 8950, Mr. Manuel Serrano, Consul General,  +62 812 831 9741, ([[email protected]]), Mr. Paulo Ximenes, Second Secretary
  • Consulate Kupang, Office Address: Jl. Eltari II,  Kupang, NTT, Indonesia, + 62 8133 9367 558, +62 8133 9137 755, Mr. Caetano Guterres, Consul General, ([[email protected]])   Mobile:+62 813 392 434 13, Mr. Manuel Matos, Staff of Consulate, +62 813 539 435 34

The identical issue occurs in the other way. Although many countries may get Indonesian visas on arrival when flying into Bali or other Indonesian airports, they cannot obtain them when going by road from East Timor to West Timor and must obtain visas in advance.

However, individuals traveling in the other way must acquire Indonesian visas ahead of time since there is no VoA (Visa on Arrival) service at the border. It is possible to get a visa at the Indonesian Embassy in Dili; a 30-day tourist visa costs US$45 and takes three working days to process. B-211 Standard Index Tourist visas for 60 days seem to be granted on a case-by-case basis, and getting one is not assured.

For citizens of qualifying countries, Indonesian VoAs and Visa Waiver entry are available at El Tari Airport and Tenau Harbour in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. There are currently no regular flights between Dili and Kupung.

By bus

In West Timor, Indonesia, there is a daily direct bus service between Dili and Kupang. The trip takes 12 hours. There are many land transport minibus services that can accommodate individuals or groups traveling from Dili to Kupang (West Timor) and back. Timor Travel, Paradise Travel, and Leste Oeste Travel are just a few of the minibus firms that provide low-cost transportation to a variety of locations along the Dili-Kupang route.

Take a bus to the border from Dili (US$3, three hours). After getting off the bus, travel through East Timorese customs and immigration, walk over the border into Indonesia, go through Indonesian immigration, and board another bus to Atambua or Kupang.

Regular mikrolets (vans) or ojeks (motorcycle taxis) operate from Atambua to the border at Mota’ain.

By boat

East Timor is not served by any regular international passenger ships.

Regular barge services for cars and commodities operate between Darwin, Australia, and Surabaya and Bali, Indonesia.

Dili harbour is often visited by recreational boats.