- Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 14:23 NZDT
- Still current at: 3 July 2020
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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.
There have been incidents of drink spiking reported in New Caledonia. New Zealanders are advised not to leave food or drinks unattended, particularly in bars and nightclubs.
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.
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.
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 84 61 61 Fax +687 271 740 Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
27, Rue de Verdun, Nouméa, New Caledonia
Telephone: +687 272 543
Alternate Telephone: For urgent calls: +687 84 61 61
Fax: +687 271 740
Hours: Mon-Fri 0830-1130, 1330-1630