East Timor And Timor-Leste

East Timor /Timor-Leste Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

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Driving in East Timor
Driving abroad in East Timor is on the left in mainly right hand drive vehicles. Roads are often in poor condition, certainly away from towns and four-wheel drive vehicles may be required in some areas.You should tell the rental company where you intend to go and take their advice on what car you need.In the rainy season, roads will deteriorate badly and travel on all cross-island roadways should be avoided. In particular, roads in the mountain areas of Aileu, Ermera, Manatuto, Ainaro, and Manufahi provinces are particularly prone to flooding and landslides and should be avoided. Driving standards are poor, particularly in Dili with large trucks and military vehicles sharing the streets with vendors, pedestrians, and livestock. Many cars and, especially, motorcycles operate at night without lights and roads are generally unlit, making night driving hazardous. Accidents often occur and there is a danger, particularly in rural areas, of the driver deemed responsible to be attacked by onlookers. If you feel threatened you should drive to the nearest police station. Dili sometimes has gang related and political issues which can result in civil unrest and stone throwing. You should keep an eye on the news and ask advice from locals before driving at these times.

East Timor Car Rental
None of the big international companies operate here but this local company have a professional looking website and are based in Dili

http://rentlocarhire.com/

There is no reference to whether cars can be taken to Indonesia so I would guess not.
I believe this person can also arrange car hire-
john.lopes@dynamictrade.ch

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