Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to East Timor. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.


Both dengue fever and malaria are prevalent and visitors are advised to take precautions to protect themselves against mosquito attacks. The use of tropical strength insect repellents and wearing sensible clothing at appropriate times of the day are recommended. For visitors staying in Timor-Leste for longer periods of time, vaccination against various diseases including typhoid, tuberculosis and cholera along with preventative treatment for malaria is recommended.