Coronavirus New Caledonia

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Last updated: 21 June, 2022

► No more pre-departure test required for vaccinated travellers.
► No more compelling reasons and seven-day self-isolation for all travellers from New Zealand.
► A PCR or RAT test is mandatory for unvaccinated travellers aged 12 and over, respectively less than 72h and 48h before the flight.
► A RAT test is mandatory for all travellers aged 12 and over, 2 days after their arrival in New Caledonia
► International boats, except cruise ships, shall be subject to the same requirements

Can I go to New Caledonia for a holiday?

Yes, both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers from New Zealand can travel to the territory without justifying a compelling reason and without doing a septaine on arrival since 13 May 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
- Classification of countries defined on health indicators: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr
- Visas, customs, passports: check our dedicated page HERE

2. Subscribe to our newsletter and official pages to be receive travel updates:

- New Caledonia Tourism newsletter
- New Caledonia Tourism Facebook page

Q&A Covid-19 in New Caledonia

Travel to New Caledonia - Covid entry requirement for Australian travellers


As a country classified in the green zone, the following entry conditions apply to all travellers from New Zealand.
 

Travelling to New Caledonia by air

New Zealand vaccinated travellers

All travellers aged 12 years and over need to:

- justify a full vaccination scheme*.

- complete a sworn statement concerning the Covid test after their arrival and present it at boarding.

- 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 passport - List of pharmacies HERE.

Is considered as fully vaccinated anyone who received 2 doses of Covid-19 vaccine and a bosser dose of mRNA vaccine if the last dose was more than 9 months before departure.

If the vaccination scheme is incomplete or not accepted in New Caledonia, please refer to the guidelines for non-vaccinated travellers below. 

*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


New Zealand non-vaccinated travellers

All non-vaccinated 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 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. 

- OR submit a valid certificate of recovery

- complete a sworn statement concerning the performance of a Covid-19 tests after their arrival and on the seventh day of isolation, 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 passport - List of pharmacies HERE.

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


Travellers under 12

For those under 12, the Covid vaccine and test are not required on arrival in New Caledonia.

Any minor traveller who does not have proof of vaccination status and who is accompanying one or more adults who have met the vaccination requirements: no need to provide a compelling reason, a negative test result or a sworn statement.
 

Symptomatic or positive traveller on arrival or during the stay

Isolate oneself for 5 days and then adhere to 7 days of health precautionary measures (wearing a mask, social distancing...). There is no need to get tested again at the end of the isolation period. After 48h, if the symptoms have disappeared or are mild, the isolation is lifted.


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. Pleasure boats wishing to enter New Caledonia waters should contact the Department of Health and Social Affairs (by email at csf.dass@gouv.nc) and the Border Police (tel. +687 24 32 00 or by email at dtpn988-stpaf@interieur.gouv.fr) to find out about the procedures in place. More info HERE.


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.

Travel insurance

It is mandatory for foreign travellers outside the European Union.

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.
 

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