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How to keep healthy when travelling in New Caledonia

Page last updated 19 June 2020

The standard of healthcare facilities in New Caledonia is high, but search and rescue facilities are limited and there is no mobile phone coverage in some parts of the main island. It’s important you are prepared before heading off on your trip. 

 

Before travelling:

  • Register your trip with Smart Traveller[LJ1] 
  • Make sure you have enough of your regular prescription medicines;
  • Ensure you’re up-to-date with your routine vaccinations
  • Take out travel insurance - to cover you and your family for medical and other costs resulting from unexpected incidents and accidents
  • Put together a travel kit with medication for pain, diarrhoeal medicine, oral rehydration salts, antiseptic lotion or ointment, adhesive bandages and other wound dressings, insect repellent, sunscreen, latex gloves, thermometer, motion sickness medicine, water purification tablets and compression stockings

 

During travel:                               

  • The tap water is generally safe to drink in the towns of New Caledonia, however, if you are visiting rural or remote areas it is advised to drink bottled water only
  • Avoid mosquito bites as monsquito borne diseases like dengue fever are risks in New Caledonia.
    Protect yourself with insect repellent, wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs, and staying in accommodation that has working door and window screens.

Use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, human papillomavirus, herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B and HIV.

 

Sources & Citations

6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Caledonia – Traveler View. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india [Accessed 05 May 2020].

9. International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT). New Caledonia – Zika virus. Available at: https://www.iamat.org/country/new-caledonia/risk/zika-virus [Accessed 05 May 2020].

10. International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT). New Caledonia - Dengue. Available at: https://www.iamat.org/country/new-caledonia/risk/dengue [Accessed 05 May 2020].

11. Australian Government. Smart Traveller – New Caledonia. Available at: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/pacific/new-caledonia [Accessed 05 May 2020]

12. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traveler’s Health Pack Smart. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/pack-smart [Accessed 05 May 2020].

SPANZ.TRAV.20.05.0116- Date of preparation June 2020