Further to my recent post on my 6 months in Timor during 2008 here is a look at the rapid changes around transport, specifically Getting There.
In 2008 there were extremely limited ways of reaching East Timor.
- Either flying from Darwin to Dili with a turbo propeller 15 seat aircraft at an extremely prohibitive cost of something in the area of $700aud each way.
- Air Merpati from Denpasar (Bali) at around $370aud
- Overland from West Timor – while cheaper, this process was hazardous as well as the border was commonly closed or disrupted
Now in 2014 I have discovered the following
- Air North now flys an newish small jet – Embraer 170 for around $550aud Darwin – Dili
- Air Timor Singapore – Dili $370USD
- Sriwijaya Air – Denpasar (Bali) – Dili 2,200,000 IDR – approx $200-250 AUD
- Overland as above
Visitor / tourist visas, as with 2008 are available as visa on arrival for around $30usd for 30 days.
East Timor uses the USD for notes and Timorese coins.
While I was living there Comro Airport / Dili international
Airport was a dual Military & Civilian airport with UN flights, Australian Military and commercial airliners arriving often.