Dangers & Annoyances

Violent outbreaks can and do occur, often quickly, so stay clear of gathering groups of people and political rallies. There are frequent reports of foreign women being groped and sexually assaulted in broad daylight and in public places; as a result, it's probably safer to travel around with others. Avoid yellow taxis and the city after dark if travelling alone.


Medical Services

Medical services in Timor-Leste are limited and only available in Dili. Serious cases usually require evacuation to Australia or Singapore. Check with your embassy for other options.

Australians can see the doctor at the Australian Embassy Clinic (for a fee). Contact the Australian Embassy for its location.

Clínica Portuguesa This new fee-per-service clinic outside Timor Plaza has GPs and dental services.

Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares A cadre of Western volunteers assists locals at this busy national hospital just east of Estrada de Bidau. It's best to bring someone to look out for you.

Stamford Medical Clinic This spotless Western clinic also opens after hours for emergencies.

Internet Access

Most internet is provided through mobile phones, with companies offering unlimited data for US$1 per day; bring an unlocked phone and buy a local SIM. Wi-fi is rare.



Timor Telecom


ANZ has eight ATMs in Dili, including one at the airport. ATMs dispense US dollars.

Western Union in Colmera and Páteo; transfers funds internationally.


Central Post Office The only place you can receive/send mail in Dili (aside from trying your luck at DHL in Colmera Plaza), opposite the Alola Foundation.

Tourist Information

There’s no proper tourist office. Tourism websites www.turismo.gov.tl and www.visiteasttimor.com are unfortunately out of date.