Timor-Leste (East Timor)
Travel clinic Timor-Leste
Travel health and vaccine advice for Timor-Leste

East Timor is located in the end of the Indonesian archipelago, north of Australia. The Southeast Asian country is rather unknown… But this small nation is a perfect destination for adventurous backpackers. Mostly made of mountains covered with tropical jungles, East Timor promises epic hikes in stunning landscapes. The charming Timorese people and their cultural blend of Portuguese and Indonesian cultures will always welcome the rare travelers with big smiles, and an inevitable touch of curiosity. The coral reefs lying along the shores of East Timor are among the richest and most diverse on the planet, offering world-class diving spots yet to be discovered. 


INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

TIMOR-LESTE (EAST TIMOR) – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

The Yellow Fever Vaccine A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country. Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details. It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure. For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website: https://www.who.int/ith/ith-country-list.pdf
Hepatitis A Recommended for all travelers.
Hepatitis B Recommended for all travelers.
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever Recommended for all travelers.
Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Cholera For humanitarian workers and health care providers.
Flu – Influenza Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Information, Advice & Vaccination – Japanese Encephalitis Recommended for the following groups visiting certain remote areas:
  • Long-term travelers (i.e. trips lasting a month or more) to endemic areas during the Japanese encephalitis virus transmission season.
  • Short-term (<1 month) travelers to endemic areas during the Japanese encephalitis virus transmission season if their activities will increase their risk (e.g. spending substantial time outdoors or staying in accommodations without air conditioning, screens, or bed nets.)
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella) Recommended for all travelers
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.
Travellers’ diarrhea Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.
Malaria Malaria is present in this country. The risk may be region specific. Prophylaxis measures to be discussed with the health care professional.
Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and/or Zika There are many illnesses that are transmitted via mosquito bites and unfortunately we do not have vaccines to protect us against most of them. It is important to inquire with your healthcare professional regarding the specific risks and the different illnesses presently in circulation.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Antimalarials Recommended Malarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine
Acetazolamide/Dexaméthasone Recommended to prevent Acute mountain sickness (AMS).
Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Azithromycin or Suprax

MEDICAL CARES

There are not many medical facilities in East Timor, especially out of the capital city. If you need medical assistance, it is advised that you go to the Guido Valadares National Hospital in Dili. This is the main hospital in the country and it offers care of satisfying quality. In the event of a serious sickness or injury, an air evacuation to another country is required.

In case of emergency, you can reach the Guido Valadares National Hospital at 670 311 022.

Good quality medicines can be found in East Timor’s pharmacies and hospitals. But don’t forget to bring your own complete medical kit, especially if you intend to go to remote areas where medical care is hardly accessible.East Timor is located in the end of the Indonesian archipelago, north of Australia. The Southeast Asian country is rather unknown… But this small nation is a perfect destination for adventurous backpackers. Mostly made of mountains covered with tropical jungles, East Timor promises epic hikes in stunning landscapes. The charming Timorese people and their cultural blend of Portuguese and Indonesian cultures will always welcome the rare travelers with big smiles, and an inevitable touch of curiosity. The coral reefs lying along the shores of East Timor are among the richest and most diverse on the planet, offering world-class diving spots yet to be discovered.

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Dial 115 for emergency assistance.