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 UN Peacekeeping troops were only withdrawn as recently as 2012.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.
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:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.
There is no British embassy in East Timor. Please contact the FCO for advice.