Last updated July 22, 2021
New Caledonia is a beautiful cluster of islands in the South Pacific to the east of Australia. The largest island is a popular cruise destination and it's easy to see why! With stunning beaches, breathtaking sunsets and warm weather year-round, this collection of islands is the perfect place to kick back and relax.
Travel insurance is mandatory for New Caledonia
Due to new custom laws, New Caledonia has made travel insurance a requirement for all international visitors. There are no formal coverage minimums or requirements for travel insurance, except that the duration of the coverage must last for the entire duration that you're in New Caledonia.
Besides purchasing travel insurance, the only other requirements for entering the country are as follows:
- All visitors must provide a passport that is valid at least 3 months after the return date
- All travelers over the age of 11 must undertake a test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure. Negative results must be obtained and shown.
- Travelers need to produce a self-certified document affirming that they don't have any COVID symptoms and that, to their knowledge, they haven't been in contact with any person confirmed positive within 14 days.
- Most travelers will be required to complete 14 days of quarantine in a hotel requisitioned by the government.
- A passport that is valid for at least three months
- Proof of livelihood (such as cash or international bank card)
- Return ticket
- Proof of travel insurance
COVID-19 in New Caledonia
Mandatory travel insurance isn't the only new COVID-19 requirement. As of January 26, 2021 the U.S. requires that anyone traveling to the U.S. provide a negative COVID-19 test result within three days of their flight to the U.S.
Once you're ready to hit the beaches of New Caledonia, the island's COVID-19 situation may have changed. But we've got you covered. Check out your COVID-19 coverage plans.
Health & safety tips
Overall, New Caledonia is a very safe place for tourists. Be sure to pack bug spray and sunscreen to avoid the unpleasantness of sunburn and bug bites. Some water species and corals can be dangerous in certain circumstances, so be sure to pack some water shoes so you can fully enjoy the coastline of New Caledonia.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the following vaccinations for New Caledonia: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, yellow fever, typhoid, pneumonia and influenza. Rabies is also recommended if you're likely to come into contact with wild animals.
Visas & documentation
For stays of three months or less, most visitors will not need a visa. But, you'll need the following documents:
If you're staying for longer than three months, you may need additional documents and permits. Find out more on New Caledonia's tourism site.