Travel Notice for New Caledonia Regarding the Zika Virus

The U.S. Embassy in Suva informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for New Caledonia regarding the Zika virus.  There is evidence that Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of infected pregnant women and Guillain-Barre syndrome in infected individuals of any age or gender.  Zika is typically a mosquito-borne illness, but there are reports that the virus has been transmitted through sexual contact and blood transfusion.  For general information about Zika, please visit the CDC website.  For information about CDC travel notices, call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas or visit the CDC website.

For information on other mosquito-borne illnesses in our consular district, please visit the Country Specific Information.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in our Consular District enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) atwww.travel.state.gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for your Pacific Island.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Emergencies involving U.S. citizens can be reported by contacting the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located Suva, Fiji, telephone (679) 331-4466, and e-mail at SuvaACS@state.gov.  The U.S. Consular Agency in French Polynesia can be reached at (689) 40-42-65-35.

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