Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
On 12 May 2022, the French government announced that travel restrictions between France and New Caledonia would be relaxed. If you’re unvaccinated, you no longer need a compelling reason for travel or proof of a negative COVID-19 test before travel. You may still face restrictions for entry to New Caledonia depending on your vaccination status and your country of departure. You should check the status of your country of departure and relevant restrictions on the French government’s website, and the website of the New Caledonian government (in French) for details on any remaining local restrictions. For more information on specific entry measures, you should consult the French government website and this French government COVID-19 website (in French).
If travelling via France, you should also check our Travel Advice for France.
New Caledonia is a dependent territory of France.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter New Caledonia for stays of up to three months. Other British passport holders, and those who plan to stay longer than three months, should check the current entry requirements on the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and, if necessary, confirm with the nearest French Diplomatic mission.
You should ensure that your passport has at least 3 months of validity after the date you intend to leave New Caledonia.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. You will need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.
UK residents in New Caledonia
If you live in New Caledonia, you should carry your residence document, as well as your valid passport when you travel. If you have applied but not yet received your document, carry your certificate of application. You will have received this as an email. If you have not yet applied for a residence document, you should carry evidence that you are resident in New Caledonia. This could include a tenancy agreement or a utility bill in your name, dating from 2020. For more information, including on how to apply for a residence document, see the French government’s website.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
EU regulations regarding employment and right of abode do not apply to New Caledonia. British nationals have no right to work or to extend their stay beyond the initial 3 months without special authorisation from the local authorities.