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The Low Down on East Timorese Currency


US Dollar

Central Bank:

Federal Reserve Bank

Currency symbol:

$ (dollar)

Currency sub unit:

¢ (cent)


greenback, buck, dough, green

Bank notes:

$1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100


1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1

The official currency used in East Timor is the US dollar. The decision to adopt the USD was made by the National Consultative Council (NCC) because it was seen as a strong and stable currency, widely accepted around the world.

Before adopting the US dollar as its official currency, several currencies were formerly circulated in East Timor including the Australian dollar, Indonesian rupiah, Portuguese escudo and Thai baht.

The most commonly used notes for USD in East Timor are the 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100.

What to spend your US dollars on

  • Street food meal

    3 USD *

  • Bottle of beer

    Local bottle of beer

    3 USD *

  • Bus

    Monthly transport pass

    60 USD *

  • Fresh bread

    2 USD *

  • Resistance Museum entry fee

    1 USD *

How many dollars will I need?**

Please select your budget above.

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Must-sees in East Timor

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  • Dili
  • East Timor’s largest city is hardly a sprawling metropolis, favouring the laidback lifestyle of a beach adorned town with some delicious dining experiences and great textile markets. Check out the Christo Rei statue or enjoy a coconut on the beach in style.
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  • Village of Moubisse
  • Possibly East Timor’s most popular holiday destination, Moubisse is a great place to visit and stay if you’re planning on hiking to Mt. Ramelau. The village’s only hotel, Pousada de Maubisse, offers some great views and remains in a 1950’s time warp.
  • Areia Branca Beach
  • The crystal clear waters of Areia Branca Beach will beckon you in with their tranquil beauty and peaceful surrounding mountains. Grab a snack on your way down from the nearby fruit and vegie market and take in the wonders of the foreshore, the Christo Rei and a quirky beachside graveyard.

Buying US dollars online is easy

Order American dollars online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy US Dollars Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • You can pay online using either BPAY, Visa or MasterCard®

FAQ Relating to East Timor Currency

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  • Can you use other currencies in East Timor?

    You will need USD when visiting East Timor as this is the official currency. Despite other currencies previously being used for business in East Timor, you may not want to you on them when visiting.

  • Are credit cards widely accepted in East Timor?

    Credit cards are usually only accepted at hotels in East Timor. You can use credit cards to withdraw cash from ATMs, however this may not always be the case.

  • How much money will I spend daily in East Timor**?

    This depends on your holiday/travel type, but should be around $50 USD to $150 USD.  

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

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