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East Timor Travel warnings

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Health And Wildlife In East Timor

Nasty diseases like malaria, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, tuberculosis, typhoid, and hepatitis all call Timor L’Este home.This is not a country where you want to mess around by not taking appropriate precaution

Getting Around In East Timor

Timor L’Este has a very poor transport system. However one thing the territory does have is some decent roads connecting Dili with the regions.During the 25-year occupation of the county by Indonesian forces many roads

Crime In East Timor

The first thing you notice when you walk the streets of Timor L’Este are the groups of unemployed young men sitting around.And it doesn’t take a genius to work out the lack of any real economy and the lack of any wor

Recommended vaccinations for East Timor

  • Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is a serious throat infection, which infects from person-to-person through the air. The vaccination should be less than 10 years old otherwise a booster is needed.


    There is considerable risk of malaria and prophylaxis is recommended. The choice is between Malarone , Doxycycline  or Lariam . Protection against mosquito bites will reduce the risk further. 

    Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis)

    Infectious hepatitis infects through contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. The first vaccination protects for 12 months.  The hepatitis A vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis B .

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B infects through blood, sexual activities and, in small children, through saliva. The vaccination consists of 2 vaccinations about 4 weeks apart and a third 6 months later. The protection is for at least 25 years perhaps life long.  The hepatitis B vaccine can be combined with the vaccine against hepatitis A .


    Tetanus is a complication to wounds contaminated by soil. If there has been a vaccination within the past 10 years it is not necessary to give a booster in case of wounds and accidents. Tetanus vaccinations are usually given in combination with diphtheria vaccine. If you are previously vaccinated, the vaccine can be given right up to departure.

    Yellow fever - transit

    Certain countries without yellow fever require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you arrives (even in transit) from a country where yellow fever is present.   If you arrive from a country without yellow fever , there is no requirement for a yellow fever vaccination.

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