New Caledonia

French collectivity lying in the South Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia offers a delightful Melanesian experience with a touch of French sophistication. From majestic mountains to evergreen forests, vast savannas, majestic waterfalls and endless white sand beaches, New Caledonia is a tropical nature jewel. The archipelago is also home to the largest enclosed coral lagoon in the world, a vast stretch of emerald-blue waters hosting an incredibly rich marine fauna. The cosmopolitan Noumea and its classy-but-relaxed atmosphere is a very pleasant city and a true melting pot. Forget your stress, take your time, and just enjoy New Caledonia’s marvelous paradise island life…

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

Risk of Zika in this Country. Learn More >>

We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

NEW CALEDONIA – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

The Yellow Fever Vaccine A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country. Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details. It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure. For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website: https://www.who.int/ith/ith-country-list.pdf
Hepatitis A Recommended for all travelers.
Hepatitis B Recommended for all travelers.
Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Flu – Influenza Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella) Recommended for all travelers
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”
Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and/or Zika There are many illnesses that are transmitted via mosquito bites and unfortunately we do not have vaccines to protect us against most of them. It is important to inquire with your healthcare professional regarding the specific risks and the different illnesses presently in circulation.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Azithromycin or Suprax

MEDICAL CARES

In New Caledonia, the medical care provided by hospitals on the main island is of good quality. The main medical facility in the territory is the Gaston Bourret Hospital located in Noumea. Smaller hospitals are found in Koumac (Centre Hospitalier Nord) and Poindimie (Centre Hospitalier Est). The Polyclinique de l’Anse Vata and the Clinique de la Baie des Citrons are good private medical establishments in Noumea. Serious medical issues require an air evacuation.

In case of emergency in New Caledonia, call 15. 

Numerous well stocked pharmacies can be found in New Caledonia. But it is always safer to bring your own medicines, especially if you need specific treatments.

SECURITY ABROAD

Petty crime is prevalent. Car theft and vehicle break-ins also occur. Ensure that your personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

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Emergency services

Dial:

  • 18 in case of fire
  • 15 for medical emergencies
  • 17 for police