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Mise à jour : Mardi, 7 avril, 2020 - 15:49

Update
  • 18 confirmed cases in New Caledonia.
Suspension of International Flights
  • Considering the capacity of Quarantine Centers, The Government of New Caledonia has asked to suspend all international flights to New Caledonia, from Friday 20 March, 12 am.
     
  • French residents are able to transit through New Caledonia on their way to France. 
Repatriation of New Caledonian Residents
  • The Repatriation Plan began on Friday 3 April. People scheduled to return on these flights will be contacted at least 48 hours before the repatriation flight. Other repatriation flights will be departing from countries in the region (Fiji, French Polynesia etc.….).
     
  • 2 128 New Caledonians identified overseas, including 617 in France, wish to be included in this repatriation plan, which has two objectives: bring New Caledonians home while ensuring maximal protection for all New Caledonians. 
     
  • The repatriation of New Caledonian residents will take place according to several priority criteria : people with health problems ( notably those with a medical history), medical personnel, people in serious financial difficulty, families with children.
     
  • People who have a place to stay and are not facing an emergency are invited to remain where they are.
Health Measures associated with the Repatriation Plan
  • This repatriation Plan will be subjected to strengthened health measures, determined by the Government’s Department for Health and Social Affairs (DASS). Passengers will be subjected to various controls  at every stage of their journey:
    - before boarding :  Health information provided by passengers will be  checked by a doctor and each boarding passenger will have to  have masks in their possession;
    - During the flight: passengers will be spaced out to comply with social distancing guidelines;
    - At their arrival at La Tontouta, passengers will be  examined by a doctor. Depending on their results, they will be directed to the Médipôle, if they are showing symptoms, or placed into quarantine, either in a hotel or in their own home.   
To get more information, they can, ONLY IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY: 
- call +687 207 714 (6 h - 18 h),
- contact the closest French Embassy (contact details available at diplomatie.gouv.fr).
- Their loved ones can call 05 05 05 (6 h - 18 h).

 New Caledonian residents currently overseas are invited to make themselves known by filling this form:

 

  • The Government of New Caledonia would like to thank the Embassies and Consulates of France for the assistance they provide New Caledonian residents with.

 

Advice to Foreign Travellers Arriving in New Caledonia

Each passenger desiring to board a flight to New Caledonia must produce a medical certificate established less than 3 days before their departure date, and attesting that they are in good health.

NON-RESIDENT TRAVELERS ARRIVED IN NEW CALEDONIA AS OF THURSDAY 19 MARCH AT 4 PM :  strict 14 day quarantine in hotels specifically requisitioned for that purpose

NON-RESIDENT TRAVELERS ARRIVED IN NEW CALEDONIA BEFORE THURSDAY 19 MARCH AT 4PM : STAY HOME (FAMILY, HOTEL) FOR 14 DAYS

 

  • No exit from the place of quarantine will be authorized during the whole stay (no tourist visits, no travel on the Loyalty islands...)
  • Travelers who stay less than 14 days can leave New Caledonia on the desired date upon presentation of their modified plane ticket.
  • Travelers in quarantine at their hotel should not leave their room.

 

The government of New Caledonia provides that anyone who does not respect these quarantine measures will be forced to pay a fine of 90,000 francs per offense.

 

Thank you for your cooperation so that all together we can make a barrier to the coronavirus in New Caledonia.

 

Situation 1

If you have a fever AND a cough or a fever AND difficulty breathing: call 15 immediately

 

Situation 2

If during the 14 day period one of these symptoms appears (fever OR cough OR breathing difficulties):

  • Protect your loved ones by keeping your distance (1 m minimum).
    Wear a surgical mask if possible
  • If a second symptom appears within the three day monitoring period,
    dial 15 immediately

 

Situation 3

If no symptom appeared during the 14 day period, you are no longer at risk of having been infected during your travels

Strengthened Health Control at the Border

 

As of Thursday 19 March at 4 pm, all passengers arriving at La Tontouta  International Airport, without exception (residents and non-residents), will be placed under a strict 14 day quarantine in hotels specifically requisitioned for that purpose.  

Passengers who arrived at La Tontouta International Airport from Tuesday 17 March and were subjected to a 14 day self-quarantine (home isolation) period must stay home until the end of the aforementioned period.

 

 

From Tuesday 17 March, all arriving passengers at La Tontouta Airport, who do not show any symptom, are placed in self-quarantine (home isolation) for 14 days. People who disregard this order are subjected to a 90 000 XPF fine. Controls will be put in place, in collaboration with French authorities and City Councils. 

Passengers who are showing symptoms (cough and fever) will be placed in isolated rooms at the Médipôle (local hospital) until their detection test returns negative. Passengers seated close to the potentially ill passenger on the plane will be placed in quarantine at the International Center for Sports and Expertise (CISE). The quarantine will end if the detection test comes back negative.

Since 16 March 2020, the arrival of cruise ships in New Caledonia has been indefinitely suspended.

In collaboration with French Authorities the Government has decided to designate a single New Caledonian point of entry, in Nouméa, for pleasure boats.

The Government has decided to forbid the arrival of people who aimed to participate in manifestations or activities (sporting, cultural, educational, religious, customary events, etc.).

The Government is preparing to suspend all flights, except those to and from France, to maintain a minimal connection (for medicines, basic necessities, etc.).

As soon as the first case has been confirmed, the Government will forbid all gatherings and manifestations and will close nurseries, schools, tertiary education institutions and entertainment venues (bars, restaurants, nightclubs, nakamals, etc.).

The Government has decided to continue to monitor the health of commercial ship passengers (ore carriers, container ships, etc.)  48 hours and 1 hour before their arrival, without authorizing sailors to disembark.

Ships coming from International Waters

The arrival of international cruise ships, fishing vessels and pleasure boats in New Caledonia's inland and territorial waters is forbidden. This measure does not apply to ships already present, which may have to leave New Caledonian waters before returning to it, as long as the ship does not transit overseas and its crew has no contact with people embarked on a ship coming from international waters.

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