East Timor Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever 1
cholera 2
Typhoid & Polio Yes
malaria 3
Eat Drink 4


Medical facilities in Timor-Leste are limited and do not correspond to Central European standards. There are no dental facilities. Patients should generally contact the Dili Nacional Hospital. The supply of medicines is insufficient, travelers should take a suitably equipped first-aid pharmacy with them. Travel health insurance with emergency repatriation is strongly recommended.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers who plan to enter within six days of arrival or transit in the infected areas designated by the WHO and who are over one year old.[2] A certificate of vaccination against cholera is not an entry requirement, but there is a risk of infection. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel. [3] There is a risk of malaria all year round in all parts of the country and also in the cities. The predominant more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum is said to be highly resistant to chloroquine. [4] Water should definitely be used before drinking, Brushing teeth and making ice cubes can either be boiled or otherwise sterilized or bought pre-packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened.

Other risks

Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs. An effective insect repellent is recommended. There is also a nationwide risk of filariasis, which is also transmitted by mosquitoes. Pay attention to mosquito repellent. Typhus, which is transmitted by clothes lice, occurs nationwide. One protects oneself through consistent personal hygiene and regular change of linen. There is a seasonal risk of Japanese encephalitis from December to April in rural areas. Careful mosquito repellent and, if necessary, vaccination are recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given for longer stays and close contact with the local population as well as for children and young people in general. Rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.



The official currency in Timor-Leste is the US dollar. Currency code: US$, USD (ISO code). In addition, the Thai baht, the Indonesian rupiah and the Australian dollar are also accepted as means of payment.

Credit cards

Major credit cards are only accepted in a few expensive hotels. More information from the credit card issuer.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn at a few ATMs, mostly only in Dili. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are not accepted in Timor-Leste.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Foreign exchange regulations

When importing amounts with a value between US$ 5,000 and US$ 10,000, there is an obligation to declare. A permit from the Central Bank of Timor-Leste is required for the importation of amounts equivalent to US$10,000 or more.

Currency Exchange

You should take enough cash with you. Traveller’s checks will not be cashed.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
USD U.S$ 1 EUR = 1.04 US$
1 CHF = 1.24 US$
1 USD = 1.00 US$

East Timor Money