Coronavirus New Caledonia

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Last updated: August 10, 2020

There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in New Caledonia.

The borders to New Caledonia remain closed. The New Caledonian government has made this decision to ensure the safety of its local population. 

► All flights to New Caledonia are suspended until 10/24/2020, with the exception of repatriation and freight flights, subject to authorisation.
► All international travellers are advised to postpone their travel.
► The entry of ocean liners, fishing boats and leisure boats arriving from abroad into New Caledonian waters remains prohibited (except French government or military vessels).

Thanks to strict measures that were put in place early, New Caledonia was relatively unaffected by COVID-19. 

Of the more than 11,000 test conducted, New Caledonia reported 23 cases – all from overseas travellers. 22 cases have recovered, 1 case is hospitalized and there have been zero deaths. 

⚠ IMPORTANT: Status of flights to and from New Caledonia ⚠ 

International flights to and from New Caledonia are suspended until at least 24 October, 2020, with the exception of authorised repatriation and freight flights. This is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and limited hotel capacity for quarantining. 

International travellers planning to visit New Caledonia are advised to contact their airline or travel agency. It is strongly recommended travellers wait for any official announcements concerning the resumption of international flights before re-booking. 

Note: at the current time, even if a traveller books a flight to New Caledonia there is no guarantee it can be used on the expected dates. 

 

Current restrictions 

All COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have been lifted in New Caledonia. However, the New Caledonian government recommends people continue to practice social distancing and maintain a heightened sense of hygiene. Guidelines include:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow if you have to cough or sneeze, to reduce the spread of germs and to avoid contaminating your hands
  • If blowing your nose, dispose of the tissue in the bin as soon as possible and wash your hands 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds
  • Disinfect your hands frequently with a sanitizing gel
  • Stay more than a meter away from others if you or anyone else is coughing or sneezing

It should be noted that anyone entering New Caledonia from abroad (e.g. on a repatriation flight) is required to quarantine for 14 days in a designated hotel. They will be tested for COVID-19 at the end of their quarantine; if the test is negative they can return home. 

 

Domestic travel 

Domestic travel by land, sea or air is authorised within New Caledonia, its airspace and waters. This includes travel to New Caledonia’s islands and islets. 

For all questions about local travel, please click here

 

Commercial and leisure vessels 

The entry of ocean liners, fishing boats and leisure boats arriving from abroad into New Caledonian waters remains prohibited. This does not apply to container ships, ore and oil tankers, or ships already in New Caledonian waters that depart and return to the territory, so long as they do not stop in any other port of call outside of New Caledonia and the crew has no contact with individuals on board another ship coming from international waters.  

 

Stay informed 

If you have any questions, rely only on official sources: 

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