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New Caledonia

New Caledonia: At a glance

Capital: Noumea

Population: 280,460

Official language: French

Time zone: New Caledonia Time

Emergency #: 15

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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New Caledonia: Travel Health Information

New Caledonia is known for its pristine beaches and lagoons. Snorkeling and diving in the crystal lagoons of the Isle of Pines is a popular attraction for tourists, while others enjoy the blend of French and Island traditions that make up New Caledonia’s cuisine and wine.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in New Caledonia may differ from your home country. New Caledonia has both public and private healthcare systems. The public healthcare system in New Caledonia is generally adequate. The quality of private medical care on the main island is high and meets international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in New Caledonia require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Australia may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in New Caledonia.

Pharmacies and medications

Access to basic pharmaceuticals in New Caledonia is generally good. Specialized medicines may be difficult to locate in some areas. Make sure to bring an adequate amount of medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with New Caledonia’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review New Caledonia’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in New Caledonia are usually well maintained. The quality of roads may vary in remote regions. Pedestrians and wandering wildlife may pose a risk to drivers, especially at night. Seat belts are required by law for front and rear seat passengers in vehicles at all times.



New Caledonia: At a glance

Capital: Noumea

Population: 280,460

Official language: French

Time zone: New Caledonia Time

Emergency #: 15

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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