Vaccines advised to ALL East Timor visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME East Timor visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

There is a risk of Malaria in East Timor. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Destination Information for East Timor

East Timor, as its name suggests, occupies the Eastern half of the island of Timor, in Southeast Asia. This former Portuguese colony was invaded and occupied by Indonesia in 1975, before finally gaining its independence in 2002, under the official name Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. UN Peacekeeping troops were only withdrawn as recently as 2012. Despite its difficult and tragic history, this is a beautiful country, perfect for hiking and exploring true hidden gems which remain unaffected by tourism.

Visitors to East Timor can experience world-class trekking, such as at Mt. Matebian and Mt. Kablaki in the centre of the island. Birdwatchers come to East Timor to spot some of the 260 species of birds including the elusive Timor Bush Warbler. There is also stunning marine life and excellent diving conditions, which is a major draw for tourists. In every town you will find a market offering locally produced goods and crafts, including fruit, coffee and handwoven cloth.

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The tropical climate of East Timor is hot and humid, with a dry season from June to October, and a wet season from November to May, and temperatures averaging 30ºC all year. It can be difficult to travel during the wet season due to road damage from the rain.

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is recommended.

Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:

Doxycycline OR Atovaquone/Proguanil OR Mefloquine

If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

There is no British embassy in East Timor. Please contact the FCO for advice.

Vaccine Information for East Timor

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Typhoid
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • Typhim Vi, single dose injection
  • Vivotif, 3 capsules
  • Viatim, single dose injection of Hepatitis A & Typhoid combined
Course
1 dose
Price
£60.00
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Japanese Encephalitis
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

A course of two IXIARO injections over 28 days.

Course
2 doses
Price
£99.00
Disease: Rabies
Source: Animal to person
Vaccination Details

A course of three injections of the vaccine (Rabies BP or Rabipur) will cover against Rabies and is recommended. In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Course
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00
Disease: Malaria
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

There are a range of different anti-malarial tablets that will be prescribed to travellers based on several factors, including: destination, medical history, family history, current medications, previous problems with anti-malarial tablets, age and pregnancy.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Disease: Dengue Fever
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50%+ Deet insect repellent
Disease: Filariasis
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +

Additional Health Risks Information for East Timor

If you’re travelling to East Timor, it’s important to be aware of your personal safety at all times. Although this is a beautiful country, crime is a continual problem here, and gang-related violence and attacks targeting tourists are sadly commonplace. Avoid carrying or displaying valuables, travel as part of an organised tour if possible, and stick to travelling during the day or on well-lit, well-used routes. The capital, Dili, is an area where tourists are advised to be particularly vigilant. Dili and its beaches is also home for crocodiles, so take care if you plan to go for a dip! Travellers who may go into areas of high altitude should take care to avoid ill effects of being at altitude including Acute Mountain Sickness.

For visitors heading to rural East Timor to explore the stunning wildlife and trekking opportunities, be aware that there is a risk of unexploded bombs and mines from WWII and the Indonesian occupation. Roads, vehicles and driving standards in East Timor are poor quality and poorly maintained. Outside of the capital it is advisable to travel in a group even when in vehicles, as a convoy. All roads tend to be single track, mountainous routes, which can be extremely hazardous depending on the weather conditions.

The rainy season in East Timor is from November to April, during this time, driving conditions will be even more difficult.

Malaria is present all year round, seek advice from your travel clinic to get the appropriate malaria tablets. There is likely to be an increase in dengue fever and Japanese Encephalitis so take extra precautions against mosquito bites, use 50% deet insect repellent over sunscreen to prevent dengue during the day. Discuss the option of vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis with a travel clinic before you travel.

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