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TIMOR-LESTE (Dili to Oecusse Distr.)

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
OVERLAND TO OECUSSE

At the Indonesian border post there was some confusion over our passports when our names were entered into the border post book - I was entered in the book as "Mr British Citizen".

Entering Indonesian West Timor

We had to register at both civilian and military police posts on the border

There is then a 60 km drive through West Timor to the Oecusse border post at Sakato, and once again we made good time, arriving a couple of hours before the border closed for the day at 16:00 (Indonesia) and 17:00 (Timor-Leste); there is a one hour time zone difference between the two countries, even though they are on the same island. It was at the Oecusse border where we enountered our only problem. As we had passed out of Timor-Leste and were now having to re-enter the country, we were expected to pay $30 per person for new visas, despite our original ones being valid for the duration of the expedition. This was contrary to what Hinrich had been told by government officials and it added a $240 expense to the project. Further we would experience the same inconvenience and expense on our return journey in four days - with the vehicle hire and nine Indonesian transit visas ($890), the Oecusse trip was becoming expensive.

Leaving Indonesian West Timor Entering the Timorese Oecusse exclave

 

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