East Timor Trip Planner
Know Your Trip Budget for Your Dream Vacation to East Timor
How to plan a trip to east timor
It’s almost difficult to ignore the beauty of a nation located in the vicinity of the Indonesian Archipelago and pay attention to its culture and history. But with East Timor, you will find a perfect amalgamation of all three. In the past it used to be a country ruined by the hand of history but today it is a country made by its tryst with history. First a Portuguese colony, then invaded by Indonesians and a lot of lives were lost in this whole process but in the year 2002, the country was given its deserving independent status.
Most countries are granted a visa on arrival. Portugal Nationals can enter East Timor visa-free for up to 90 days for tourism purposes. Indonesian nationals can obtain visa on arrival at any border post, Dili International airport , Dili Sea Port and all land border crossings.
All other nationals can procure a visa on arrival, only when they arrive through the Dili Sea Port or Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport. A single entry visa is valid for 30 days and is granted for about US$30. Transit visas are available for stays of lesser than three days for a fee of US$20. There is no transit without a visa option that you can opt for in East Timor. Visitors are told to have the necessary amount for the payment of visa fees in US Dollars cash upon arrival at the border.
The "visa on arrival" option is not available at the land border, except for Indonesian Nationals. Those intending to enter through the border must apply in advance for a Visa Application Authorization, which is then presented to an immigration official at the border. Remember to have a visa that is valid for 6 months.
When to go
The best time to visit East Timor is during the months of May to November which marks the dry season of East Timor. November and February are great times because at this time you will get affordable deals also. December to April is the wet season of East Timor.
Destinations to cover
Some sights that you should definitely see and some things to do in East Timor are Atauro Island where you can see the best of eco tourism, camping, beaches and go camping. To see the religious side, you should also see Cristo Rei of Dilli. You can also go to Tatamailau and see the best of Nino Konis Santana National Park for absorbing the best of Timor wilderness. If you want to absorb some sun and sand then Areia beach is the best place. Remember to go scuba diving and make it an important activity in your East Timor travel guide.
Get in and around
Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport is always your first answer to all the queries related to how to reach East Timor. Apart from this you can get in by land through Indonesia. You can also get in by bus and by boat. You can also get around the country by bus, by boat, by air and also by a rented motorcycle.
Hotels and Food
There are plenty of budget accommodations that you can get and also various mid-range and luxury options that are available in East Timor. You will get basic food for 2-3 USD and also remember to try out the sea food along with the amazing curries that you get here.
How much does it cost to travel to East Timor
Plan your trip to East Timor with an estimated budget for your travel. The average daily cost of food in East Timor is USD 50 per person. For a family of four, the cost of eating out is USD 200. For accommodation, be ready to spend around USD 16 for a budget accommodation, per day, per person. For getting around East Timor, you will need a rough figure of USD 6.25 per day. For detailed East Timor trip cost calculator, use East Timor Trip Planner.
Average Price of a Mid-Range Trip in East Timor
Average Daily Cost* USD 131 Per Person
Cost for One Week USD 917 Per Person
Cost for Two Weeks USD 1834 Per Person
Cost for One Month USD 3930 Per Person
Average Price of a Budget Trip in East Timor
Average Daily Cost* USD 26 Per Person
Cost for One Week USD 182 Per Person
Cost for Two Weeks USD 364 Per Person
Cost for One Month USD 780 Per Person
*Based on Food, Accommodation & Transportation
How much will it cost once you're in East Timor
- 3-Course meal (mid-range) USD 20
- Fast food Combo meal USD 7
- Coffee (Cappuccino regular) USD 2.75
- Bottle of Water (1.5 L) USD 0.5
- Soft Drinks (Coke/Pepsi, 0.33 L) USD 1.83
- Domestic Beer (0.5 L) USD 2
- Budget Accommodation USD 16
- Taxi Start (Standard Tariff) USD 2
- Taxi per km (Standard Tariff) USD 2
- One-way Ticket (Local Transit) USD 0.25
- Fuel (1 L) USD 0.93