Lombok health information is important to know when travelling to Lombok, from vaccinations to safety and precautions you should take. Then you can really get the most out of your Lombok Holiday.
Being properly vaccinated is very important to prevent diseases. Your doctor can advise you on exactly what you need, but make sure you go to the doctor as early as you can to leave enough time to get them done. For this region, the vaccinations you require may include: Hep A, Hep B, Typhoid, Tetanus Pertussis and Diphtheria, measles mumps and rubella, chicken pox, influenza. Keep in mind that you may have already had a few of these vaccinations as a child.
Other Lombok Health Risks and Precautions
Some other Lombok health risks or diseases may be caused by contact with mosquitos, so it is important to apply insect repellent whilst in Lombok. Look for a brand with high DEET as it serves as a better protectant. Lombok is a region at risk of Malaria and we have had to take Malaria tablets in this region.
Another thing to be aware of is travellers diarrhoea. Make sure you be mindful of what you eat – if you have street food look for one that looks busy and clean. Also keep good hygiene yourself – taking a small bottle of hand sanitiser is a good idea. And only drink bottled water – which is readily available and inexpensive.
Rabies may also be present if you come into contact with an animal who has rabies. Although there is a pre-immunisation, it is not readily recommended as this condition is rare in travellers. The best way to avoid rabies is to avoid contact with animals. However, please contact your doctor for further information.
Although Lombok does not have the high traffic areas that Bali does, traffic incidents are common, especially with tourists.
Seeing Lombok by car or motorbike is very tempting as it is a great way to explore the island. But keep in mind that you will need an international drivers licence, and technically if you choose to ride a bike you should have a motorbike licence in your own country too. Lombok’s “Road Rules” are most likely not the same as in your own country, and if you are not comfortable driving yourself, perhaps you could consider hiring a driver.
General Safety and Precautions
Petty Theft is the most common crime on Lombok. These are mainly opportunistic, so if you keep your things safe, locked up or close to you, you should be ok. Use of a money belt is a good way to keep your valuables safe. Be mindful if you have a shoulder bag to have it across your body whilst also holding onto the bag itself.
As Lombok is blessed with beautiful sunny days, it’s easy to drift off into relax mode and forget to put on your suncream. Severe sunburn can not only have detrimental long term effects, but it can also make you uncomfortable and ill whilst on holidays. Take some suncream with you whenever you go out and reapply. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
Swimming at one of Lombok’s beautiful beaches is one of the top things to do in Lombok. But always go with others and be careful as Lombok beaches can have strong currents and incidences of drowning have occurred. In particular, do not attempt to swim between The Gili Islands as a very strong current runs between them.
Another thing to be careful of is Bangsal Harbour. This is an area where you can catch public boats to the Gili Islands. Although it is cheaper then getting a speedboat from further south, you pay the price. Locals here can become very aggressive and try and carry your bags and demand money from you. Best to avoid all together and get a speed boat elsewhere.
Alcohol and Illegal Drugs
Lombok has had incidences of injury and death from methanol poisoning from Alcoholic drinks. If you are going to drink, it is best to drink from a pre-packaged bottle which you watch get opened, of a brand you know. Be mindful to watch you drink and do not leave it unattended. It is also important to be with someone you know and trust.
The Gili Islands in particular, have drugs readily promoted and available. Indonesia has strict laws on drugs and it is important to avoid drugs without exception. Recently, there has been police raids on the Gili Islands and arrests made.
Hospitals In Lombok
In case of emergency, we have listed some of Lombok’s local Hospitals:
Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum)
Jalan Pejanggik no. 6, Mataram, West Lombok
Ph: 0370 623498/6604605
Harapan Keluarga Hospital (Rumah Sakit Harapan Keluarga)
Jalan Ahmad Yani, Selagalas
Ph: +62 370 673666
Risa Centra Medika Hospital (Rumah Sakit Risa)
Jalan Pejanggik no. 115, Cakranegara
Ph: +62 370 625560
Siti Fajar Moslem Hospital (Rumah Sakit Islam)
Jalan Panca Warga, Mataram
Ph: +62 370 623498
Anthonius Catholic Hospital (Karang Ujung Hospital)
Jalan Koperasi, Mataram
Ph: +62 370 621397
Regional Police Hospital of West Nusa Tenggara (Rumah Sakit Bhayangkara Polda)
Jalan Lanko No. 54, Ampenan/Mataram
Ph: +62 370 633701
Army Hospital (Rumah Sakit Tentara)
Jalan HOS Cokroaminoto no. 11, Mataram
Ph: +62 370 621420
Pharmacy’s In Lombok
In most tourist areas there will be at least one pharmacy. Below we have listed some:
Lombok PLaza, Jalan Pejanggik, Mataram
Apotek Kimia Farma
Jalan Srivijaya no. 295, Mataram
Ph: 0370 633 211
Apotek Kimia Farma
Jalan Pejanggik 48 D, Mataram
Ph: 0370 638 502
Villa Ombak, Gili Trawangan
Please also note that you can usually get over the counter medications such as panadol, sea sickness tablets, cough lollies etc at the local convenience store.
Hopefully this Lombok health information provides you with enough information to help you plan your trip and enjoy your time there!
Please note that this Lombok Health Information should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a medical practitioner. It is highly recommended that you consult your medical practitioner prior to travel.