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Traditions & Customs in East Timor

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East Timor was ravaged by the Indonesian occupation, which may have killed up to 200,000 East Timorese (or one in every five persons in East Timor). During the Portuguese colonial era, many East Timorese were compelled to forsake their native animist beliefs in favor of Roman Catholicism. Speaking favorably of Suharto’s Orde Baru or the notion of East Timor being a part of Indonesia may not go over well with the East Timorese. Many East Timorese feel sympathetic, if not openly nostalgic, about the time of Portuguese control over East Timor, when the Portuguese colonial authority mostly left them to their own devices. As with talking politics elsewhere, if you aren’t confident a conversation about sensitive subjects will go well, don’t bring it up.

How 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, AustraliaAir 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...

How To Travel Around East Timor

By bus Buses, mainly of the tiny type seen on isolated Indonesian islands, connect most of the country's major towns, including Dili, Baucau, Maliana, Los Palos, and Suai. From these towns to surrounding villages, Indonesian-style bemos (vans) and mikrolets (minibuses) – relics of its 24-year reign – operate. Most departures occur...

Visa & Passport Requirements for East Timor

Visitors from any nation may easily acquire a 30-day tourist and business visa upon arrival in East Timor at Dili Airport or Dili Seaport by filling out a short form and paying US$30 in cash. However, "visa on arrival" is not accessible at the land border, where most visitors,...

Destinations in East Timor

Regions in East Timor The North CoastThe North Coast, which is home to the majority of East Timorese, is rich in cultural and historical treasures. The diving spots on the island of Atauro are well-known. South CoastThe South Coast spans the length of the continent, with coffee farms, hiking, and breathtaking...

Things To See in East Timor

Carnival de Timor is an annual event that takes place in Dili in the middle of April (sometimes in May, depending on rain season). Carnival de Timor, founded in 2010 by the Ministry of Tourism, is all about fun, music, and diversity. This yearly event features both contemporary...

Things To Do in East Timor

Scuba diving East Timor boasts some of the finest scuba diving in the world, which is a significant attraction for visitors, with East Timor beach diving being well-known in the diving community globally. Pristine beaches and coral reefs contrast sharply with one of the world's poorest populations. Dili has several excellent...

Food & Drinks in East Timor

Food in East Timor East Timorese, like Indonesians, eat rice and spices as a main cuisine. Despite the difficulty in getting supplies from outside owing to political instability, many Dili eateries offer Western food. The large number of foreigners living and working in East Timor ensures that these eateries have...

Money & Shopping in East Timor

East Timor's legal tender currency is the US dollar, and all transactions are conducted in dollars. Dili has a number of banks and ATMs (all of which accept USD banknotes), including one at the Timor Plaza retail center. Fees may be very expensive; for example, the ANZ ATM charges...

Internet & Communications in East Timor

Phone Timor Telecom has a monopoly on landline and mobile phone services in East Timor and charges accordingly; international calls into East Timor may cost up to US$3/minute. Calls outside the nation are much cheaper, with average rates of 40 cents per minute to Australia, Indonesia, Portugal, and the United...

Language & Phrasebook in East Timor

The official languages are Tetum (understood by almost all East Timorese) and Portuguese (understood by a minority of people, but the number is growing), but the constitution states that Indonesian, which is widely spoken by adults, and English, which has a reasonable number of speakers in Dili but not...

Culture Of East Timor

East Timor's culture is influenced by a variety of civilizations, including Portuguese, Roman Catholic, and Indonesian, as well as Timor's indigenous Austronesian and Melanesian cultures. Austronesian tales have had a significant impact on East Timorese culture. According to East Timorese origin myth, an elderly crocodile turned into Timor as...

History of East Timor

At least three waves of migration are thought to have left descendants in East Timor. Anthropologists classify the earliest as Veddo-Australoids, who came from the north and west at least 42,000 years ago. Melanesians arrived in a second migration about 3000 BC. The previous Veddo-Australoid peoples retreated to the...

Stay Safe & Healthy in East Timor

Stay Safe in East Timor East Timor is still experiencing occasional ethnic and political tensions, with the potential for bloodshed. This is not intended for outsiders or visitors, but please follow the rules below. Even when this isn't a problem, keep in mind that you're in an impoverished nation where...

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