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.
Driving Overseas - Short 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.