Arrival information: getting to New Caledonia

Scheduled international passenger flights to New Caledonia have been authorized since December 1st 2021. Nevertheless, the entry of travelers to New Caledonia remains subject to strict rules depending on vaccination status and origin.

Any person aged 12 years and over, coming from France or a foreign country classified as belonging to a green zone, must present:

  • either the negative result of a Covid RT-PCR test, taken less than 72 hours prior to flight, or the negative result of an antigenic test , taken less than 48 hours prior to boarding.
     
  • or a proof of vaccination
     
  • or a certificate of recovery (valid from 11ème day and up to 6 months after the RT-PCR or antigen test)
     
 Remember:
  • Vaccinated travelers aged 12 years and older, coming from France or a foreign country classified as belonging to a green zone, are no longer required to provide a pre-departure test.
     
  • Unvaccinated travelers must present either the negative result of a Covid RT-PCR test, taken  less than 72 hours prior to flight, or the negative result of an antigenic test, taken less than 48 hours prior to boarding, or a certificate of recovery.
     
  • Unvaccinated travelers coming from the national territory are no longer required to provide a compelling reason to enter New Caledonia.
     
  • All travelers 12 years of age and older are required to undertake a Covid test two days after their arrival. They must sign a Sworn Statement (downloadable below) and present it at the boarding gate.
     
Entry into New Caledonia

Vaccinated traveler (CLICK HERE)

Any vaccinated person 12 years of age and older:
 

1. is required to present proof of that they are fully vaccinated upon boarding

2. is required to undertake a Covid test two days after arrival. They must provide a sworn statement (downloadable below) to be presented at the time of boarding.
 

  • from a foreign country classified in the red zone:

1. must prove that the trip is based on a compelling personal or family reason, an emergency health reason or a professional reason that cannot be postponed (provide supporting documents) (check the list downloadable below).

2. is required to present the negative result of an RT-PCR test less than 48 hours prior to travel, or the negative result of an antigen test less than 24 hours prior to their flight.

3. is required to present a sworn statement (downloadable below) at the time of boarding certifying that :

  • they agree that a screening test or examination may be performed 48 hours after arrival ;
  • they agree to be subjected to a seven day quarantine period (strict isolation at his/her own expense) after their arrival and to undertake, a screening test at the end of the said quarantine period, while also specifying the place where they intends to observe the quarantine (with accompanying minors, if any), and indicating the address of his/her residence during the period of isolation (document downloadable below) ;
  • they exhibit no symptoms of a Covid-19 infection and that they have no knowledge of having been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to their flight

4. is required to undergo strict isolation (quarantine) for seven days upon arrival in New Caledonia.

5. agrees to be tested for Covid-19 by a health care professional (pharmacist, physician, etc.) :

  • 48 hours after arrival;
  • and the last day of his quarantine.

The test result is recorded by the health professional in a database that can be consulted by the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DASS).

 

Any unvaccinated person 12 years of age and older:

  • from a foreign country classified as belonging to a green zone:

1. must present :

  • either to present the negative result of an RT-PCR test less than 72 hours prior to travel, or the negative result of an antigen test less than 48 hours prior to their flight.
     
  • or a certificate of recovery (valid from 11 days to 6 months after the test)
     

2. is required to submit a sworn statement (downloadable below) certifying that they agree that a screening test or examination may be performed on the day of arrival, and 48 hours after arrival.

The test result is recorded by a health professional on a database that can be consulted by the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DASS).
 

  • from a foreign country classified  as belonging to an orange zone:

1. is required to justify that his or her travel is based on a compelling personal or family reason, an emergency health reason or a professional reason that cannot be postponed (provide supporting documents) (check the list below)

 

2. is required to present the negative result of an RT-PCR test less than 72 hours prior to travel, or the negative result of an antigen test less than 48 hours prior to their flight;
 

3. is required to present a sworn statement upon boarding certifying that they agree that a screening test or examination may be performed 48 hours after arrival (downloadable below).

The test result is recorded by a health professional on a database that can be consulted by the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DASS).
 

  • from a foreign country classified  as belonging to a red zone:

1. must prove that the trip is based on a compelling personal or family reason, an emergency health reason or a professional reason that cannot be postponed (provide supporting documents) (check the list downloadable below) ;

2. is required to present the negative result of an RT-PCR test less than 48 hours prior to travel, or the negative result of an antigen test less than 24 hours prior to their flight ;

3. is required to present a sworn statement (downloadable below) at the time of boarding certifying that :

  • they agree that a screening test or examination may be performed 48 hours after arrival ;
  • they agree to be subjected to a seven day quarantine period (strict isolation at his/her own expense) after their arrival and to undertake, a screening test at the end of the said quarantine period, while also specifying the place where they intends to observe the quarantine (with accompanying minors, if any), and indicating the address of his/her residence during the period of isolation (document downloadable below) ;
  • they exhibit no symptoms of a Covid-19 infection and that they have no knowledge of having been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to their flight

4. is required to undergo strict isolation (quarantine) for seven days upon arrival in New Caledonia ;

5. agrees to be tested for Covid-19 by a health care professional (pharmacist, physician, etc.) :

  • 48 hours after arrival;
  • and the last day of his quarantine.

The test result is recorded by the health professional in a database that can be consulted by the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DASS).

 

 Travelers under 18

 Any traveler under 18 who does not have proof that they are vaccinated and is accompanying one or more adults who have satisfied vaccination requirements:

  • If they are coming from a country classified in the green or orange zone: no need to provvide a compelling reason, provide the result of a test or to provide a sworn statement (download below);
  • If they are from a country classified in the red zone: no need to provide a compelling reason or a sworn statement but a screening test result is required. 

 

     Sea traveler (CLICK HERE)

    Fishing vessels, special vessels and pleasure boats are once again authorized to enter New Caledonia's territorial waters. stopovers are no longer limited to the Port of Noumea and the persons on board are authorized to disembark come ashore: the conditions of entry are identical to those for air passengers. On the other hand, cruise ships (passenger ships) remain prohibited, except in case of derogations.

    Pleasure boats wishing to enter New Caledonian waters should contact the DASS (by email at csf.dass@gouv.nc) and the Border Police to find out about the procedures in place.
     

    Entry requirements

    Any vaccinated person over 12 years of age wishing to  come ashore in New Caledonia must prove that they are fully vaccinated.
     

    Any person aged 12 and over who is not fully vaccinated, or has a medical contraindication to vaccination, has to :
     

    1.  present the negative result of an RT-PCR test less than 72 hours before boarding, or the negative result of an antigen test less than 48 hours before boarding;
     

    2. provide a compelling personal or family reason, an emergency health reason or a professional reason that cannot be postponed to travel, only if they come from a country classified as belonging to an orange or red zone (check the list below);
     

    3. Present at boarding:

    • a sworn statement indicating that they agree that a screening test or examination may be performed upon their arrival (downloadable below);
       
    • documents justifying the compelling reason for travel, if they are coming from a country classified as belonging to an orange or red zone). 
       

    4. agree to be tested for Covid-19 by a health care professional (pharmacist, physician, etc.) 48 hours after arrival.

    The test result is recorded by the health professional in a database that can be consulted by the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DASS).
     

    In order to benefit from free testing, boaters must present the "Arrival Permit" form issued by the Border Police, along with their passport.
     

    Cruise ships

    Passenger ships remain prohibited, unless an exemption is granted. People on board are therefore not allowed to come ashore. This measure applies to vessels arriving from international waters to the internal and territorial waters of New Caledonia only. Innocent passage through territorial waters is not prohibited. The measure does not concern vessels already in New Caledonian waters that would leave these waters and then enter again, as long as they do not make a stopover abroad and the crew does not have contact with people on board another vessel coming from international waters.
     

    Exceptions may be granted.

    • when compelling reasons related to victualling or repairs make it necessary to call at New Caledonia, by way of derogation, the Director of Maritime Affairs may authorize the vessel  to call. In this case, the stopover is only authorized in the port of Noumea and passengers are not authorized to come ashore.
       
    • Otherwise, express derogations may exceptionally be granted jointly by the High Commissioner of the French Republic in New Caledonia and the President of the Government of New Caledonia.

     Detailed requests should be sent to the New Caledonian Maritime Affairs Department: dam.snsm@gouv.nc
     

    For more information on the international maritime transport regime: consult the website of the Department for Maritime Affairs.

    Formalities and steps to take

    Before the flight to New Caledonia (CLICK HERE)

    Formalities to be completed :

     

    From countries classified as belonging to a green zone

    Requirements

    12 years and older, vaccinated

    1. Proof of full vaccination1 .

    2. Provide a sworn statement agreeing  to testing2 .

    12 years and older, unvaccinated

    or a person with a medical contraindication
     to vaccination

    1. Present the negative result of a Covid test2 (RT-PCR, taken less than 72 hours before boarding, or antigenic, taken less than 48 hours before boarding)

    OR

    Provide a certificate of recovery

    2. Provide a sworn statement agreeing to testing2 .

    Less than 12 years old
    (see the conditions for travel for unaccompanied minors with the airlines)

    None

    From countries classified as belonging to an orange zone

    Obligation

    12 years and older, vaccinated

    1. Proof of full vaccination1 .

    2. Provide a sworn statement agreeing to testing2 .

    12 years and older, unvaccinated

    or a person with a medical contraindication to vaccination

    1. Provide a compelling reason.

    2. Present the negative result of a Covid test2 (RT-PCR,  taken less than 72 hours before boarding, or antigenic, taken less than 48 hours before boarding)

    3. Provide proof and a sworn statement  of acceptance agreeing to testing2

    Less than 12 years old
    (see the conditions for travel for unaccompanied minors with the airlines)

    None

    From countries classified as belonging to a red zone

    Obligation

    12 years and older, vaccinated and unvaccinated

    or a person with a medical contraindication
     to vaccination

    1. Provide a compelling reason.

    2. Present the negative result of a Covid test2 (RT-PCR,  taken less than 48 hours before boarding, or antigenic, taken less than 24 hours before boarding)

    3. Provide proof and a sworn statement  of acceptance agreeing to testing2 AND that they agree to observe a quarantine (strict isolation at their own expense) for 7 days after their arrival.

    Less than 12 years old
    (see the conditions for travel for unaccompanied
     minors with the airlines)

    1. Present the negative result of a Covid test2 (RT-PCR,  taken less than 48 hours before boarding, or antigenic, taken less than 24 hours before boarding)

     

    1. The checks regarding vaccination or medical contraindication is performed by the airline  before boarding. The conditions to be considered fully vaccinated are as follows:

    - Janssen vaccine: 28 days after the single dose;

    - Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca vaccines: 7 days after the 2nd dose or immediately after a dose given following prior infection with Covid-19.

    2. RT-PCR or antigenic test performed under the supervision of a health care professional.
     

     

     

    72 to 24 hours before the flight to New Caledonia (CLICK HERE)

    Undertaking a screening test is required:
    • For all vaccinated passengers 12 years and older:

     - from a country classified as belonging to a red zone: 48 hours before boarding in the case of an RT-PCR test, or 24 hours in the case of an antigenic test.

    The result of this test must be negative.

    The negative test result is checked by the airline before boarding.

    • For all unvaccinated passengers 12 years and older:

     - from a country classified as belonging to a green zone or from France’s national territory (in the absence of a recovery certificate)

     - from a country classified as belonging to an orange zone: 72 hours before boarding in the case of an RT-PCR test, or 48 hours in the case of an antigen test.

     - from a country classified as belonging to a red zone: 48 hours before boarding in the case of an RT-PCR test, or 24 hours in the case of an antigenic test.

     

    TRAVELERS FROM ABROAD

    All vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers 12 years of age and older coming from a country classified as a red zone must undertake an RT-PCR test 48 hours prior to travel, or 24 hours in the case of an antigenic test.

       

       On the day of departure, when boarding the flight to New Caledonia (CLICK HERE)

      Make sure you have all the required documents depending on your vaccination status and your country of origin.

      • For all travelers, vaccinated or not, whatever the country of origin : sworn statement (downloadable below) by which you accept to be subjected to testing 48 hours after arrival.

      - only if coming from a country classified in red zone : sworn statement (downloadable below) indicating that you agree to observe a seven-day quarantine (strict isolation at its expenses) after your arrival.

      • For unvaccinated travelers:

      - presentation of a negative Covid test result (RT-PCR, taken less than 72 hours before boarding, or antigenic, taken less than 48 hours before boarding if coming from a country classified as belonging to an orange or green zone) or 48 hours before your flight for RT-PCR tests and 24 hours before your flight for antigenic tests if coming from a country classified as belonging to a red zone.

      - certificate of recovery (if coming from a country classified as a green zone)

      - Proof of a compelling reason for the trip (if coming from a country classified as belonging to an orange or red zone)

      Surgical masks may be required on aircraft. For more information contact the company airline.

       

       Upon arrival in New Caledonia (CLICK HERE)

      Recommendations to follow

      • Each traveler aged 12 and over is required to take a Covid test two days after arrival. They committed to do so by signing a sworn statement (downloadable below) that they presented upon boarding. They may be asked to undertake a test on the day of their arrival.

      Symptomatic or positive traveler on arrival

      • The positive or symptomatic traveler goes to the place where they will observe their isolation period for five days (from the date of onset of symptoms or the positive test if there are no symptoms).
      • The trip from the airport to the place of isolation is the responsibility of the traveler. It must be done as soon as possible, by relatives or a passenger transport, in strict compliance with the safety health measures and social distancing. 
         
      • After the five-day isolation period, the traveler must continue to strictly adhere to health precautionary measures for seven days. They are required to:
        Reduce social interactions as much as possible (avoid all contact with at-risk people even if vaccinated, avoid public transportation, favor teleworking) wear a mask; monitor their health.
         
      • After 48 hours, if the symptoms have disappeared or are mild, the isolation is lifted.

       

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