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Travel Vaccinations for East Timor
The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to East Timor
East Timor has had a long history of invasion and occupation which has greatly influenced this country. There are 37 local languages here but you can get by with speaking Indonesian or Portuguese. East Timor has vibrant and varied sea life due to its large numbers and different types of coral reefs. This makes snorkelling and diving here quite rewarding. If you are so inclined, try a spot of fishing or at least try to see the local fisherman of Atauro who still fish using traditional kit.
Advice for Travellers to all Destinations
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.
Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.
Risk of Malaria in East Timor
Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.
Malaria precautions are advised for travel to East Timor as it is a high risk malarial country.
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
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Further Travel Health Advice for East Timor
Dengue fever precautions should be taken for travel to East Timor as Dengue Fever has been known to occur here. Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bites from a specific mosquito, which seems to be most active during daylight. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do is try to avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent and a mosquito net. Our travel nurse will be best able to advise you.
Due to the fact that a spot in East Timor is situated higher than 2500m, altitude sickness could be a problem. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, its not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered. Our travel nurse will be able to discuss these with you and offer you the relevant advice.
East Timor has a wet season and a dry season. The wet season can really affect your travel so be warned Please make sure to check the weather for the period you are travelling, as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions for the climate here.
Tap water in East Timor is not considered safe for foreigners to drink so drink bottled water and always check the water that food has been washed in. As an extra precaution, take some water purifying tablets with you or some kind of water purification system.
Food in East Timor is delightful, especially if you like rice and spices. Being coastal means an abundance of great fish, which is mostly eaten fried or grilled. There is also excellent organic coffee to be found here, so enjoy.
Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites, including Malaria and Dengue Fever which is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, headache and severe joint, bone and muscular pain. Advice for these infections listed above.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in East Timor and make sure it covers medical evacuation.
Please check the advice of your foreign office before travelling to East Timor as there is still some sporadic violence and information on this changes over time. Also please bear in mind that this is a poor country so there is an element of petty theft here. In some areas, there has also been some violence against tourist so please be sensible and always put your own safety first whenever travelling.