New Caledonia visas, customs and passports

Unlike France’s Overseas Departments (DOM), New Caledonia, as one of the French Overseas Territories and Communities, is not part of the Schengen Area. As a result, entry requirements for visitors to New Caledonia, particularly for nationals from European Union countries, are different.

The essentials

  • Passports and visa
  • Customs formalities and plant health checks

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Visiting New Caledonia: Do you need a New Caledonia visa or not?

You are a national from a country that is not part of the European Union

Please note!

The same rules apply to tourist and cruise ship passengers, so please read carefully.

Cruise ship stopover

Passengers are exempt from the visa requirement if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • they hold a valid residence permit issued by a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland
  • or they hold a valid residence permit issued by Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Canada, Japan and the United States of America authorising readmission to these States
  • or they hold a valid visa issued by a French authority for another part of the territory of France.

Passengers arriving on board a cruise ship from Australia or New Zealand are exempt from visa requirements regardless of their nationality and provided they leave on board the ship.

Accordingly, passengers on a cruise ship (e.g. world tour) departing from a country other than Australia or New Zealand will require a visa depending on their nationality. 

To check if you need a short-stay visa, please consult the visa wizard on the official visa website for France

Stays of 3 months or less than 3 months

  • Passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the return date
  • The supporting documents about:
    • Your livelihood in New Caledonia (example: bank card for international use, cash, etc.)
    • Your guarantees of return (ticket for returning to your country of origin or residence)
    • Your travel insurance certificate or health insurance (covering any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent health attention and/or emergency hospital treatment). Minimum coverage: 30,000€
    • The purpose of your stay

To check if you need a short-stay New Caledonia visa, please consult the visa wizard on the official visa website for France 

Helpful links: List of websites for French consular posts abroad (fr)

Long stays of more than 3 months

  • Passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the return date
  • A valid long stay visa expressly mentioning that it is valid for New Caledonia, which must be requested from the consulate or the French Embassy in your place of residence before you arrive in New Caledonia. 
  • Depending on the reason for and the duration of your stay, you must attach the necessary supporting documents (accommodation, resources, medical and hospital insurance, guarantee of return to your country of origin, supporting documents relating to the nature of your stay, etc.)
  • On your arrival, ask the French New Caledonian High Commission for a valid New Caledonia residence permit to be issued

Helpful links:
Go to the section headed "conditions of residence for foreign nationals in New Caledonia"/"national from a country which is not part of the European Union"
French consular posts abroad
Foreign embassies and consulates in France
Consulates general in New Caledonia
Honorary consulates in New Caledonia


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New Caledonia customs formalities and plant health checks

International regulations on the importing of arms, narcotics and counterfeit goods are, of course, enforced in New Caledonia

However, specific regulations also apply to the importing of plants, animals and foodstuffs. These products must be declared when entering New Caledonia and be covered by appropriate veterinary and/or phytosanitary certificate.

  • Importing cheese and processed meat is prohibited to ensure New Caledonian livestock is protected from infection.
  • To preserve New Caledonia’s immense wealth of endemic plant species, one of the greatest in the world, the import of plant products (seeds, plants, flowers) is also prohibited unless you hold a phytosanitary certificate authorising such import.

Before packing your suitcase, check the list of products that do not require an import permit and certificate

Import quotas also apply to some commodities, such as tobacco, alcohol, coffee and perfume.

New Caledonia has implemented a raft of regulations protecting animal and plant species: the export of some species is strictly prohibited.

On both import and export, the parcels are subject to restrictions.

Please ensure you know exactly what restrictions apply before boarding or making purchases to avoid any hassle with New Caledonia customs!