Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 22 August 2018, 17:20 NZST
  • Still current at: 24 September 2018

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Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in New Caledonia.

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Crime
Petty crime such as bag snatching, passport and motor vehicles theft and pickpocketing occurs in New Caledonia. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. 

While violent crime towards foreigners is not common, foreigners may be the targets of opportunistic crime. Walking alone or travelling after dark is not recommended and if travelling by road, car doors should be locked and windows up. Dangerous driving is not uncommon - exercise caution on open roads at night.

Civil unrest
There have been isolated security incidents associated with protests, demonstrations and civil unrest in New Caledonia. Protest activity has the potential to restrict travel by main roads in and out of Noumea. New Zealanders should be cautious in particular on the RP1 near St Louis as this route has been subject to occasional security incidents in the past, which have caused injury.

New Zealanders are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning and should monitor the media to stay informed of local developments and  follow any instructions or restrictions issued by local authorities.

General travel advice
New Zealanders travelling or living in New Caledonia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. It is strongly recommended that coverage for pre-existing conditions be confirmed by your insurance provider.

New Zealanders in New Caledonia are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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The New Zealand Consulate-General Noumea, New Caledonia

Street Address 27, Rue de Verdun, Nouméa, New Caledonia Postal Address New Zealand Consulate-General, B.P. 2219, 98 846 Noumea Cedex, Noumea Telephone +687 272 543 Alternate Telephone For urgent calls: +687 79 19 22 Fax +687 271 740 Email nznoumea@mfat.net Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/new-caledonia Hours Mon-Fri 0830-1130, 1330-1630

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New Zealand Consulate-General New Caledonia

Street Address
27, Rue de Verdun, Nouméa, New Caledonia

Telephone: +687 272 543

Alternate Telephone: For urgent calls: +687 79 19 22

Fax: +687 271 740

Email: nznoumea@mfat.net

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/new-caledonia

Hours: Mon-Fri 0830-1130, 1330-1630

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