Capital: Flying Fish Cove
Official language: English
Time zone: Christmas Island Time (CIT)
Emergency #: 000
Vaccinations required: Yes
Risk of malaria: No
Christmas Island is an external territory of Australia located in the Indian Ocean. The island is largely covered by rainforest and features many natural attractions such as blowholes, grottos, and wildlife. Christmas Island has one port, Flying Fish Cove, and one airport.
The standards for patient care and medical services on Christmas Island may differ from your home country. Medical care that meets international standards is available, but is limited. Christmas Island Hospital, the only hospital on the island, provides essential medical services. Healthcare specialists are brought in to provide services such as orthopedics, women’s health, pediatrics, ophthalmology, and radiology, but travel to Australia is often required for specialized care.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Upfront payment with cash is typically required, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Complex medical emergencies may require evacuation to Perth, Australia. You should ensure you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance and evacuation coverage to reimburse you and cover any additional medical costs. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Christmas Island.
Pharmacies are stocked with routine medications and supplies, but special medications may be limited or require shipment which can take approximately a week.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Australia's embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Driving is the main method of transportation on the island and roads are well maintained. Drivers should exercise caution on roads in the National Park and more remote areas of the island which are often narrow and unpaved. Driving occurs on the left-hand side of the road.
Before you go, check the list of vaccines and relevant health risks for Christmas Island. For personalized advice, check out our Travel Health Planner to get health information that’s tailored to all the destinations on your itinerary: