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Do You Need Travel Insurance for New Caledonia?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for New Caledonia?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for New Caledonia?
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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.

COVID-19 in New Caledonia

If you have to travel, here are some Covid safety precautions to take. For the most up-to-date information on Covid restrictions for traveling, please follow CDC guidelines.

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Covid information for your trip

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Health & safety

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.

Necessary vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for New Caledonia.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow fever

For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Visas & documentation

For stays of three months or less, most visitors will not need a visa. But, you'll need the following documents:

  • 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

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.

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