New Caledonia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Travellers vaccinated according to one of the following three scenarios are allowed to enter New Caledonia after seven days of quarantine:
– having received two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty© or Moderna vaccine;
– having received at least one dose of Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty© or Moderna vaccine, and who can provide evidence of previous Covid-19 infection;
– having received one dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, supplemented by a dose of messenger RNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech).
In all other cases, a strict 14-day quarantine is applied.
Tourist Entry: Banned
Testing: Test not required
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Banned
Shopping: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 27.07.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to passengers with a completed Travel Certificate obtained at https://tinyurl.com/3wnu8gvj
2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 11 years.
3. Passengers traveling to Noumea (NOU) must register before departure at https://tinyurl.com/4t5hl4zv
4. Passengers traveling to Wallis Isl. (WLS) and Futuna Isl. (FUT) must register with the Authorities before departure at [email protected]
5. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 7 or 14 days.
6. Passengers must have a completed sworn statement obtained at https://tinyurl.com/3wnu8gvj
7. Airline crew are subject to medical screening.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Borders are closed until 31/12/2021, and entry by plane or by boat remains strictly controlled. Travel to New Caledonia is only available if you have been granted an individual exemption.

All travellers arriving in New Caledonia must quarantine (vaccinated: 7 days/non-vaccinated: 14 days) at a designated facility.

If you are not a New Caledonian resident, you will have to wait a little longer to visit New Caledonia.

The Government of New Caledonia has decided to close the borders to protect the island from COVID-19 and thus allow the population to live normally while it carries out its vaccination campaign smoothly and successfully.

All travellers entering the country (who must have a compelling reason (fr) for arrival) are subject to a mandatory seven to 14 day quarantine in hotels requisitioned for the purpose while their immunity is verified.

Travellers vaccinated according to one of the following three scenarios are allowed to enter New Caledonia after seven days of quarantine:
– having received two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty© or Moderna vaccine;
– having received at least one dose of Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty© or Moderna vaccine, and who can provide evidence of previous Covid-19 infection;
– having received one dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, supplemented by a dose of messenger RNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech).
In all other cases, a strict 14-day quarantine is applied.

Companies wishing to bring staff or individuals of French nationality (or foreign nationality, on request) or to expedite their entry or return to New Caledonia for a compelling reason may make a reservation at their own expense with the Beaurivage and Gondwana hotels via this notification form available on gouv.nc (subject to the advice of the New Caledonian Government). Passengers will be taken care of upon arrival at La Tontouta airport, and a mandatory PCR test will be carried out at the end of the quarantine.

This protocol allows New Caledonia to maintain its “Covid-free” status by ensuring that the person vaccinated is properly immunised and not contagious.

To learn about the procedures, click here (fr) https://bit.ly/2WnwThl .
 

Lockdown Details

New Caledonian officials are imposing nationwide lockdown restrictions through Sept. 20 due to COVID-19 activity.

Individuals must remain in their homes, with exceptions for purchasing essential goods, medical reasons, receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and authorized work that cannot occur at home, amongst others.

Workers must telecommute as much as possible.

Individuals may exercise outdoors at a travel limit of 1 km (0.6 miles) from their residence.

Inter-island flights and RAI interurban bus services remain suspended.

Essential businesses like food stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, and financial services may continue to operate with health protocols in place.

Recreational activities and non-essential establishments like bars and cinemas must close.

Restaurants can only offer takeaway services.

Gatherings are banned. Funerals may take place with up to ten people in attendance. Facemasks are mandatory in public areas.
 

Sources

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/pacific/new-caledonia
Data Source: covidcontrols.co