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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 protect themselves from mosquito bites, as there is a risk of malaria in certain areas and during certain times of year. Safety measures include covering up, using insect repellent, staying in enclosed air-conditioned accommodations and taking antimalarial medication. 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

Though most visits to East Timor are trouble-free, travellers should note that robbery and gang-related violence are common. Road conditions and safety are poor throughout the country for reasons that include narrow, winding mountain roads, flashfloods during the rainy season, and poorly maintained roads. There is no recent history of terrorism but attacks can't be ruled out.

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