Last updated: 18 May, 2022
► With an improved COVID situation and a good vaccination rate, the Government of New Caledonia has decided to reopen its borders to countries with a similar vaccination policy since 1st December 2021
► A PCR or RAT test is mandatory for all Australian unvaccinated travellers aged 12 and over, respectively less than 72h and 48h before the flight.
► A RAT test is mandatory on site for all Australian travellers aged 12 and over, 2 days after their arrival in New Caledonia
► No more seven-day self-isolation for all travellers coming from Australia
► International boats, except cruise ships, are now allowed to enter New Caledonia
Can I go to New Caledonia for a holiday?
Yes, Australian travellers with a complete vaccination schedule can travel to the territory without justifying a compelling reason and without doing a septaine on arrival since 11 March 2022.
Our secret paradise is delighted to open its doors to you again!
How to be informed about entry protocols?
1. Consult the official information channels on a regular basis:
- This page
- Current government conditions for arrivals (NC governement) : https://gouv.nc/coronavirus
- Current government conditions for departures (NC governement) : https://gouv.nc/coronavirus
- Flights satus at Noumea La Tontouta airport : https://www.aeroports.cci.nc
Travelling to New Caledonia by air
Australian vaccinated travellers
All travellers aged 12 years and over need to:
- complete a declaration on honour concerning the Covid test after their arrival and present it at boarding.
- take a RAT test 48h after their arrival and eventually (if asked) on the day of arrival and keep the proof of the negative test result. RAT tests can be done in pharmacies, free of charge, upon presentation of the airline ticket - List of pharmacies HERE.
- justify a full vaccination scheme.
- Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Novavax vaccines: 7 days after the second dose or immediately after a dose given following prior infection with Covid-19. A booster dose is required if the 2nd dose is more than 9 months old.
- Janssen vaccine (1 dose + 1 dose of mRNA** vaccine after 1 or 2 months): 7 days after the 2nd dose. A booster dose of mRNA** vaccine is required if the 2nd dose is older than 9 months.
- Covishield, R-Covi, Fiocruz vaccines (2 doses or 1 dose + 1 dose of mRNA** vaccine): 7 days after the 2nd dose. An booster dose of mRNA** vaccine is required if the 2nd dose is older than 9 months.
- Sinopharm, Sinovac, Covaxin vaccines (2 doses + 1 dose of mRNA** vaccine): 7 days after the 3rd dose.
- Special case with a certificate of recovery (1 dose of mRNA* vaccine + certificate of recovery) or (certificate of recovery + 1 dose mRNA* vaccine + 1 booster dose or certificate of recovery within 3 to 9 months): 11 days after the illness or seven days after the injection. A Covid-19 infection is equivalent of one of the first doses or the booster dose.
** Pfizer or Moderna
Australian non-vaccinated travellers
All non-vaccinated travellers aged 12 years and over must :
- provide evidence of a compelling reason for travel to the destination and present the documents needed at boarding;
- submit either a RAT or RT-PCR negative test result carried out respectively less than 48h and 72h before the flight to enter New Caledonia. The test must be supervised and verified by a medical professional (clinic labs or some GP or pharmacies) with a written record provided either digitally or on paper. This should be presented at check in;
- complete a declaration on honour concerning the performance of a Covid-19 tests after their arrival and on the seventh day of isolation, and present it at boarding;
- take a RAT test 48h after their arrival and eventually (if asked) on the day of arrival and keep the proof of the negative test result. RAT tests can be done in pharmacies, free of charge, upon presentation of the airline ticket - List of pharmacies HERE;.
Travellers under 12
For those under 12, the Covid vaccine and test are not required on arrival in New Caledonia.
For any minor traveller who does not have proof of their vaccination status and who is accompanying one or more adults arriving: no need to provide a compelling reason or declaration on honour but you must provide the negative result of a screening test.
It is mandatory for foreign travellers outside the European Union.
Travelling to New Caledonia by sea
International boats, except cruise ships, are now allowed to enter New Caledonia - Requirements are the same as travellers coming by air.
End of Covid pass (QR Code app) in New Caledonia
Since 28 March 2022, the Covid pass is no longer applied in New Caledonia.
It is no longer compulsory to wear a mask indoors and outdoors, except in health care facilities and facilities for the care of vulnerable people. It is therefore compulsory from the age of 18 in doctors' surgeries, health, social and medico-social services and establishments.
To obtain a conversion of a foreign QR code into a New Caledonian Covid pass, please make your request on demarches.gouv.nc.
European standard health infrastructure
As a French overseas territory, New Caledonia benefits from a health system and medical infrastructure that meet the highest international standards. The public hospitals in Noumea and Koné are very recent and are among the most modern facilities in France. All the medical staff working in the archipelago (doctors, nurses, surgeons, etc.) have French or European diplomas, guaranteeing safe and efficient care.