For driving in New Caledonia, foreign visitors need to have valid driver licenses issued by countries of their residence. If an original driver license is not in French, a foreign driver should have an International driving permit.

The main New Caledonian road traffic rules:

  • Driving is on the right side of the road.
  • Overtaking is on the left side.
  • The minimum driving age is 18 years.
  • The maximum speed limit is 30 km/h in residential areas, 50 km/h in towns and cities and 110 km/h outside built up areas.
  • The permitted blood alcohol level is 0.05%. Random breath testing is carried out.
  • Drivers must give way to the right, except when they are on the main road.
  • The seat belts are compulsory.
  • Motorcyclists must wear helmets.
  • The police phone number is 17.

Additional information:

  • New Caledonia has a good road network and driving is a best way to get around.
  • Most car rental agencies require drivers to be at least 21 years and sometimes 25 years. There is no maximum age limit.
  • To rent a car, any driver need to have a full valid driver license (or/and an International driving permit) which must be held for at least two years.
  • In New Caledonia, there are two toll roads; both are from its capital, Noumea.

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