Travelers visiting Timor-Leste for no longer than three months may drive with their valid driver licenses and International driving permits. Foreign visitors who plan to stay in Timor-Leste for a long term and are going to drive their must obtain a local driver license from the Department of Transport.

The main road traffic rules:

  • Traffic operates on the left side of the road.
  • The minimum driving age is 18 years.
  •  The speed limit in the urban areas is 50 km/h (31 mph).
  • The permitted blood alcohol level is 0.05%.
  • All motorcycle riders must wear protective helmets.
  • Drivers and all car occupants must wear seatbelts.
  • Children must be transported in special child restriction seats.
  • The speed limit for passenger vehicles and motorcycles is 50 km/h (31mph) within built up areas, 90 km/h (56 mph) outside built up areas, and 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways.  
  • The speed limit for mopeds is 40 km/h (25 mph) within built up areas and 45 km/h (28 mph) outside built up areas.  
  • The speed limit for heave goods vehicles and motorcycles is 50 km/h (31mph) within built up areas, 80 km/h (50 mph) outside built up areas, and 90 km/h (56 mph) on motorways.  
  • At intersections, any driver must give way to vehicles proceeding from his left.
  • A driver must always give way when he is entering a roundabout or motorway and getting out of a parking lot or any building or private path.
  • Drivers may not drive their cars so slowly that to cause unjustified impediment to other drivers.
While driving, drivers must carry their driver licenses and/or International driving permits, car registered documents, and insurance certificate.

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