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East Timor Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Hepatitis A Yes
Diphtheria Yes
Yellow Fever No*
Typhoid Yes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Malaria Yes

* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from infected areas.

Health Care

Medical services in East Timor are extemely limited. There are currently no optical or dental services. It is essential to take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance which includes emergency repatriation cover.

Food and Drink

All water should be regarded as a potential health risk. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised. Avoid dairy products that are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other Risks

Dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis occur. Tuberculosis is prevalent. Rabies may be present. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.