Last updated: 12 April, 2021
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 31st October 2021, 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).
Of the 29,182 tests conducted since 18 March, 2020, New Caledonia has reported 121 cases of COVID-19.
63 cases reported since 7 March, 2021, 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 31st October 2021, 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.
New Caledonia regains its ‘COVID free’ status
The government of New Caledonia has now lifted the strict lockdown applied to all Caledonians since the detection of the first COVID-19 community outbreak in March. After 2 weeks of mass testing (all negative results) since April 11th, the territory has now officially regained its “Covid-free” status! A return to normal life which confirms the effectiveness of the isolation and mass vaccination strategy carried out by the local authorities. Border restrictions measures remain in place until October 31.
Quarantine at your expense for individuals and businesses
Businesses wishing to bring in staff from abroad or individuals holding a French passport (and other nationalities, on request) willing to reduce the delay of entrance to New Caledonia / or return to New Caledonia, for urgent reasons, can apply directly to the Government of New Caledonia via this request form.
Upon New Caledonia government’s approval, a mandatory quarantine at Beaurivage or Gondwana hotels will have to be booked at their own expense.
At their arrival at La Tontouta international airport, all travellers will be taken care of and a mandatory PCR test will be required at the end of their quarantine.
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.
Please see linked here to official information and updates from the New Caledonian government, Noumea La Tontouta International Airport and Aircalin:
- Flight status at Nouméa La Tontouta International Airport: https://www.aeroports.cci.nc/en/tontouta/vols/recherche
- Aircalin flight schedule: https://au.aircalin.com/en/breaking-news-covid-19
- Current government restrictions (Gouv Nc): https://gouv.nc/info-coronavirus-covid-19/main-facts