French Southern Territories

Information for Patients
The territory sometimes referred to as the French Southern Lands or French Southern Territories, French Southern and Antarctic Territories are a group of islands of the Southern Ocean, about equidistant between Africa, Antarctica, and Australia. They also include a small strip of Antarctica itself. All of these islands have harsh environments, especially in the austral winter. There is only one small hospital in Port aux Francaises, Kerguelen Island. Approximately 150 (in the winter) to 310 (in the summer) persons live in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands but they are only French military personnel, officials, scientific researchers and support staff. The territory has legally no permanent civilian population. 

Information for Health Care Professionals
It is not possible for foreign medical professionals to work on the French Southern and Antarctic Territories.

Information for Travelers
The islands are not a popular tourist destination. There is no travel infrastructure like hotels and only one small hospital on Kerguelen Island. The potential visitors need to be in possession of appropriate international health insurance which includes cover for air ambulatory evacuation and medical repatriation services.

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