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Covid-19 Travel Updates

in New Caledonia

As of May 15, 2023, all COVID-19 formalities in New Caledonia have been lifted. Our French Pacific Paradise warmly welcomes you back without any restrictions. Here’s what you need to know.

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Last update: May 16, 2023

COVID-19 formalities no longer apply to enter New Caledonia:

  • No more mandatory isolation at home or in a hotel upon arrival.
  • Justification of a compelling reason, arrival tests, and affidavits are no longer required.
  • Yachts are permitted to stop over without special permission and disembark ashore.
  • Large cruises have been authorised since October 4, 2022.

Since May 15, 2023, COVID-19 is now treated like other “common” respiratory illnesses. The exceptional measures related to the virus are no longer in effect. For details, visit the New Caledonia Government website.

Frequently asked questions about travel conditions and Covid-19
  • What should I do if I am symptomatic or positive for COVID-19 on arrival or during my stay?

    If you experience symptoms of a respiratory infection, consult a doctor. Testing will be conducted at the doctor’s discretion, either by the doctor or at a pharmacy. You can find a list of pharmacies offering COVID-19 tests here.

    If you exhibit symptoms or test positive, it is advisable to avoid contact with vulnerable individuals and follow safety measures such as wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance.

  • Is travel insurance compulsory when visiting New Caledonia?

    Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all non-EU travellers.

  • Does travel insurance need to cover Covid-19 costs?

    Yes. Travel insurance or health coverage (with minimum coverage of 30,000 € – NZD 53,000) is mandatory to cover potential medical repatriation, urgent medical care, and emergency hospital treatment.

  • What about health infrastructures in New Caledonia?

    As a French overseas territory, New Caledonia boasts a healthcare system and medical infrastructure that meet international standards. Public hospitals in Nouméa and Koné are modern and among the most advanced in France. All healthcare professionals in the archipelago, including doctors, nurses, and surgeons, hold French or European qualifications, ensuring safe and effective care. Treatment is free of charge for French nationals.

Travel advice

While COVID-19 travel conditions have been lifted, it is strongly recommended to wear masks on planes, in airports, and in places visited by vulnerable individuals, such as doctor’s offices, healthcare facilities, and social services establishments.

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