East Timor Travel Information

The Basics


GMT +9


Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plugs are generally of the twin round-pin or twin flat-prong variety.


The two official languages of East Timor are Portuguese and Tetum.

Travel Health

Visitors to this exotic country should arm themselves with mosquito prophylaxis and plenty of mosquito repellent, no matter which region they are visiting, as malaria is a problem. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid. A yellow fever vaccination is required for all travellers arriving from yellow-fever-infected areas.

Safety Information

Most visits to East Timor are trouble-free. However, travellers should note that crime remains a problem in the country, with gang-related violence and robbery common. Foreigners have been the victims of crime in the capital, Dili. East Timor also has a poor road safety record and travellers should be cautious on the roads, which tend to be poorly maintained. There is no particular threat from terrorism and the country is currently fairly politically stable, but large demonstrations and protests should still be avoided.

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