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By No owner — last modified Nov 13, 2017 10:47 AM

 East Timor (Timor Leste) - Profile

Facts

  • The latest country to join the community of independent nations, East Timor (Timor-Leste) has only recently shaken off its colonial past. While hardly a cruising destination in its own right, westbound boats from Australia can make at least a short stop in this small country which, for the last three decades, has been the focus of international news.
  • In 1999, in a UN-supervised referendum, the people of East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia. On 20 May 2002, East Timor was internationally recognized as an independent state. Up-to-date confirmation concerning entry formalities is best obtained from one of the East Timorese missions in the neighbouring countries, such as the one in Darwin.
  • Reports are that basic repair facilities in Dili are good, but provisions tend to be more expensive than elsewhere due to most having to be imported. It is also reported that checking in procedures are very straightforward here.

Security

Crime can be a problem in Dili, although mainly between local gangs. There have been a number bag-snatchings, during the hours of daylight as well as at night.

There have been incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in neighbouring waters. Mariners should be vigilant.

There has been unrest at various times in the past, but currently all is peaceful there. However, the latest travel advisories should be checked before visiting the country. See UK FCO advice on security.

Last updated November 2017.

Weather

Brunei Bay Radio operates a regular voice broadcast sked of METAREA and local coastal forecasts for SE Asia waters, the NW Pacific and eastern Indian Ocean. For details of Brunei Bay Radio broadcast skeds and frequencies, see http://www.bruneibay.net/bbradio/bbrschfvoice.htm and http://www.bruneibay.net/bbradio/bbrscweathMSIbcasts.html

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page

Main Ports

Dili * , Pante Macassar (Oe-cusse)

* indicates port of entry

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Sonrisa
Sonrisa says:
Nov 13, 2017 03:48 AM

The comment about crime in the area does not seem applicable, my wife and I did a lot of walking around at both day and night and met nothing but wonderful people. Took large laps in several of the local Microlets, and up to the market, again just more friendly people. We always parked the dingy in the Maritime Police area and that just kept the kids from playing in the dingy rather than any worry about it. Definitely check out the Resistance Museum, very educational for $1 entrance fee and will give you a lot of info about the people around you. Checking in, the harbor master was in a temporary office further down than where Immigration was. Also, checking OUT you visit Quarantine, we paid $77 for about two weeks in a 40' boat, not sure how the fee was calculated, but seemed legit and got a receipt that the Harbor Master needed to give me the clearance papers. Visit Occuse, it is as nice as described in the "related reports" section. If you need help getting you Indonesian Visas you can meet Kim at Dili Central Backpackers and for a fee she was able to get the sponsor letter and full visas turned around in about 4 days.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 11, 2016 08:02 AM

Posted on behalf of SY Segue:
The info on the site for Timor Leste is totally correct. One of the easiest countries EVER to check into! The only item that needs clarification is that the $30 dollar immigration fee applies to non EU citizens. My wife and one of my crew are Spanish and it was free for them to enter.... my other crew (Brazilian) and myself (Canadian) had to pay $30 each. Actually REALLY enjoying this newest country!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 29, 2015 05:29 PM

Posted on behalf of Rebecca Childress:
Update on our experience using our Indonesia Social Visa (Visit Visa) from Timor Leste

We were surprisingly stamped in for 60 days when we checked in to Kupang, even though our visa said 30 days on entry, and then renewable up to 6 months. Unfortunately, when we went to renew the visa after 45 days, we were told that it was our fault that we were 15 days overdue, and there would be quite a large fine (almost $1000 USD!). We were able to negotiate out of this fee, but by the time this was complete we only had 3 days left on the 60 days. Not enough time to renew the visa again in Lombok, so we were forced to check out and leave Indonesia.

SO if you see 30 days printed on the visa, renew it 7 days before the 30 days is up to avoid any problems ...even if the stamp says 60 days! Does any of this make sense? Of course not, but such is Indonesia paperwork.

Rebecca

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