Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island

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Norfolk Island, located in the Pacific Ocean east of Australia, is non-self-governing overseas territory of Australia. The chief of state is the King/Queen of England, who is represented by a governor general in Australia and the head of government is an administrator of the Norfolk Island. The population of Norfolk Island is estimated to be approximated 1700 people (2016); the majority of people are of Australian descent.

The volcanic island was first settled by Polynesian peoples between 800 and 1400AD. In 1788 the island, once again uninhabited, was discovered by the British Captain James Cook. In the late 1700s and early to mid 1800s, the UK government attempted to make the Norfolk Island a penal colony but attempts were abandoned after a short time. In 1856, the island was settled more permanently by Pitcairn Islanders. During World War II, an air strip was constructed on the island to help with the Allied war efforts in the Pacific. After the war this air strip was converted into a commercial airport, sparking the development of a tourism industry on Norfolk Island.

Due to its location, Norfolk Island has a subtropical climate. Temperatures are warm, but temperate and the humidity is high. Rain fall is heaviest between April and August. Tropical cyclones season is between May and July.

The economy of Norfolk Island is highly dependent on tourism. A large portion of the island is home to the National Park which allows travellers to experience the natural beauty of the island and also plays an important role in the restoration of damaged ecosystems and the protecting of native species. Other popular tourist activities on include golfing, fishing, hiking and birdwatching.

Currency AUD: Australian Dollar
Language English
Capital Kingston
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Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Norfolk Island. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A virus in this country through contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis B

There is a risk for acquiring hepatitis B in this country.

Typhoid Fever

Unvaccinated people can become infected through contaminated food and water in this country, especially when visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where water and food may not be safe.

Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya may occur in this country.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats, but has not been reported in domestic or wild animals in this country.

Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever transmission in this country. However, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers 1 year of age and older arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Norfolk Island.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A in this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Yellow Fever Vaccine

There is no risk of yellow fever transmission in this country. However, a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers 1 year of age and older arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Norfolk Island.

None required.

Safety and Security in Norfolk Island

Emergency Numbers

911
977
955

Personal Safety

Although the crime rate on Norfolk Island is extremely low, petty crime and theft can occur anywhere. Always remain vigilant.

Exercise caution when driving on Norfolk Island as road conditions may be poor and animals may wander onto roads. Be extra cautious at night as there is no street lighting. Driving is on the left. There is no public transportation on the island.

Always check the weather conditions and heed advice of local authorities before engaging in outdoor activities. Before hiking or exploring the islands, ensure someone is aware of where you are going and when you will return. Ensure you are prepared with the proper clothing and equipment. It is advised to travel with a guide. In the National Park, only walk on marked trails and keep away from cliff edges.

Travellers should note that the only safe location to swim on Norfolk Island is Emily Bay snear Kingston.
Ensure travel insurance is purchased before departing as medical facilities are limited. In the case of a severe medical emergency, evacuation will likely be required.
As in Australia, same-sex marriage is legal in Norfolk Island.

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