Coronavirus New Caledonia

© Bryan Gauvan

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 foreign travellers aged 12 according to the country of departure
► A RAT test is mandatory on site for all foreign travellers aged 12 and over,  2 days after their arrival in New Caledonia
► No more negative test before the flight required for vaccinated travellers from a green zone country 
► No more compelling reasons required for unvaccinated travellers from a green zone country
► No more seven-day self-isolation at home or at the hotel on arrival, except for unvaccinated travellers coming from red zone countries
► International boats, except cruise ships, are now allowed to enter New Caledonia

Can I go to New Caledonia for a holiday?

Yes, foreign 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

2. Subscribe to our newsletter and official pages to be informed as soon as it is possible to travel to New Caledonia again:

- New Caledonia Tourism newsletter
- New Caledonia Tourism Facebook page

Q&A Covid-19 in New Caledonia

Travelling to New Caledonia by air

Vaccinated foreign travellers from a green or orange zone country

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. See translation HERE.

- take a RAT test 48h after their arrival and keep the proof of the negative test result. RAT tests can be done in pharmacies and are free of charge, upon presentation of their airline ticket. List of pharmacies HERE.

- justify a complete vaccination scheme*.

They are no longer subject to the prophylactic vaccination in New Caledonia.
 

Vaccinated foreign travellers from a red zone country

All travellers aged 12 years and over need to:

- justify a complete vaccination scheme*.

- provide evidence of a compelling reason for travel to the destination;

- submit either a PCR or RAT negative test result respectively carried out less than 48 hours and 24 hours 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 or arrival and keep the proof of the negative test result. RAT tests can be done in pharmacies and are free of charge, upon presentation of their airline ticket. List of pharmacies HERE.

- comply with a prophylactic week on arrival.***

They are no longer subject to the prophylactic vaccination in New Caledonia.

*The accepted full vaccination scheme are:

- 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


Unvaccinated foreign travellers from a green zone country

All unvaccinated travellers aged 12 years and over must:

- submit either a PCR or RAT negative test result respectively carried out less than 72 hours and 48 hours before the flight for 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. Or submit a certificate of recovery between 11 days and 6 months after the infection. This should be presented at check in.

- complete a declaration on honour concerning the performance of a Covid-19 test 2 days after their arrival and present it at boarding.  See translation HERE.

- take a RAT test 48h after their arrival and keep the proof of the negative test result. RAT tests can be done in pharmacies and are free of charge, upon presentation of their airline ticket. List of pharmacies HERE.
 

Unvaccinated foreign travellers from an orange zone country

All unvaccinated travellers aged 12 years and over must:

- provide evidence of a compelling reason for travel to the destination;

- submit either a PCR or RAT negative test result respectively carried out less than 72 hours and 48 hours before the flight for 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 present it at boarding.  See translation HERE.

Unvaccinated foreign travellers from a red zone country

- provide evidence of a compelling reason for travel to the destination;

- submit either a PCR or RAT negative test result respectively carried out less than 48 hours and 24 hours before the flight for 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 or arrival and keep the proof of the negative test result. RAT tests can be done in pharmacies and are free of charge, upon presentation of their airline ticket. List of pharmacies HERE;

- comply with a prophylactic week on arrival.***

***Travel from the airport to the isolation site is the responsibility of the traveller. The journey from the airport to the place of isolation is the responsibility of the traveller and must be made as soon as possible, by relatives or a passenger transport, in strict compliance with the barrier gestures and distancing. During these seven days, health recommendations must be followed. 
At the end of the seven-day isolation period, the traveller must undergo an antigen test carried out under the supervision of a health professional. This can be done in a pharmacy, free of charge, upon presentation of the airline ticket. If the result is negative, the isolation ends. If the result is positive, the person is subjected to a further ten days of isolation and must contact a doctor. 

 

Travellers under 12 and unaccompanied minor travellers

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:

- from a green or orange zone country: no need to provide a compelling reason, the result of a screening test or a sworn statement;

- from a red zone country: no need to provide a compelling reason or sworn statement but you must provide a PCR or RAT negative test result respectively carried out less than 48 hours and 24 hours before departure. 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.
 

Travel insurance

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.