Travel to New Caledonia

New Caledonia: Entry and Exit Requirements

Formalities, visas

Citizens of the EU, the USA, New Zealand or Australia do not need a visa for a stay of up to three months. All that is required for entry is a valid passport and a return or onward flight ticket.

Citizens of other nationalities should contact the nearest French embassy.

Import and export of goods

The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties. No dairy products, fruits, vegetables or raw meat may be imported. Canned food is allowed.


It is permitted to import the following quantities duty-free:

One liter of hard alcohol with more than 22% and two liters of wine, or two liters of alcohol under 22% and two liters of wine.

Arrival and transport

How to get to New Caledonia

The best way to get here is by plane.

New Caledonia is served by Air France from Europe via Japan, Australia or Srik Lanka. Qantas flies from Australia and Air Newzealand from New Zealand to New Caledonia. In the Pacific, Air Calédonie, Air Vanuatu, and AOM also connect New Caledonia with the neighboring islands.

Cruise Ships

From Sydney and Auckland you can get to the island with cruise ships like P + O. For example, you can get one-way from Sydney via New Caledonia and other neighboring islands, such as B. Vanuatu, drive to Auckland. As cruises are becoming more and more popular, the routes of the providers are currently being expanded.

Travel in the country


There is only a functioning bus system on the main island of Grande Terre.


New Caledonia has a total of 4,825 km of roads, 2,300 km of which are paved. There is right-hand traffic.

Rental car

With the rental car you can explore the 400 km long and 50 km wide island in about 4-5 days. The car rental companies can be found in Noumea. But you can also rent motorcycles and bicycles.

Ferry connections

The port cities are Muea, Noumea and Thio. There is a catamaran ferry, “Betico”, which connects Grande Terre with the Iles de Pines every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes about 2.5 hours.

Air connections The airline Air Calédonie connects the islands with each other, see

There is also the possibility of private charter airplanes or helicopters.

There are six helipads.

International license plate

The international license plate of New Caledonia is:


New Caledonia: Embassies and Consulates

Representations of New Caledonia in Germany

New Caledonia does not have its own diplomatic mission; these are handled by the French embassy in Berlin.

The embassy of the French Republic in Berlin is located on Pariser Platz – in the immediate vicinity of the Brandenburg Gate. The embassy stands on the same ground that the previous representative office was on until it was destroyed in 1945. It should be mentioned that the property has been owned by the French state since 1860. After reunification, it was returned to France. The building was built in 1997 based on plans by the Parisian architect Christian de Portzamparc.

Embassy of the French Republic in Berlin

Pariser Platz 5

10117 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 590 03 90 00

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 590 03 91 10


Web: www.

French Embassy in Berlin © goruma (Dr Ramm)

German representations in New Caledonia


The Federal Republic of Germany does not have its own embassy in New Caledonia. The embassy in Paris, France is responsible. But there is an honorary consul there

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Paris

13/15, avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt

75008 Paris


Ambassade de la République fédérale d’Allemagne

BP 30 221

75364 Paris CEDEX 08


Tel: 0033 – 1 – 5383 4500

Fax: 0033 – 1 – 4359 7418


In addition to France, the German embassy in Paris is also responsible for:

  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Guadeloupe
  • Martinique
  • New Caledonia
  • Reunion
  • Wallis and Futuna

Honorary Consul

Dr. Ralf Clasen

Honorary Consul Federal Republic of Germany

Nouméa Consul honoraire République fédérale dAllemagne

Nouméa 344

rue A. OHLEN BP 12

745 98802 Nouméa Nouvelle Calédonie

Tel.: +687 – 410020

Fax: +687 – 410021

Austrian representations in New Caledonia


Austria does not have its own embassy in New Caledonia. The embassy in Paris is responsible.

Austrian Embassy in Paris

6, Rue Fabert

75007 Paris

Tel: 0033 – (0) 1 – 4063 3063

Fax: 0033 – (0) 1 – 4555 6365


Representations of New Caledonia in Austria


New Caledonia does not have its own diplomatic mission; these are handled by the French embassy in Vienna.

Embassy of the French Republic in Vienna

Technikerstraße 2

1040 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 502 750

Fax: 0043 – (0) 1 – 502 177


Swiss representations in New Caledonia


Switzerland does not have its own embassy in New Caledonia. The embassy in Paris is responsible.

Embassy, Ambassade de Suisse in Paris

142, rue de Grenelle

75007 Paris

Tel: 0033 – (0) 1 – 4955 6700

Fax: 0033 – (0) 1 – 4955 6767


Representations of New Caledonia in Switzerland


New Caledonia does not have its own diplomatic mission; these are handled by the French embassy in Bern.

Embassy of the French Republic in Bern

Schosshaldenstrasse 46

3006 Bern

Tel: 0041 – (0) 31 – 359 2111

Fax: 0041 – (0) 31 – 359 2191


New Caledonia: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations and Warnings

Infectious Diseases

In New Caledonia, the following infectious diseases, which do not occur or rarely occur in Germany or Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:

  • Malaria, there is no risk of infection with malaria in New Caledonia.
  • Dengue fever disease
  • Intestinal infections caused by contaminated food or water, including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria.
  • Filariasis

Vaccination recommendations

When traveling to Caledonia are recommended vaccinations against the following diseases:

  • Diphtheria, a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Tetanus, this vaccination should always be carried out, including at home.
  • Typhoid, only in travelers who may come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons older than one year and coming from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against yellow fever.

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most children in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007.

There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory co-payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge:

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis.

As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.

Warning notices

Tropical cyclones are to be expected in the months of November to March.

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens’ Service

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000

New Caledonia: Currency, Exchange Rate Shopping

The local currency of New Caledonia is the

Pacific Franc, Cour de Franc Pacifique (CFP).

The following valid bills are in circulation:

  • 500 CFP
  • 1,000 CFP
  • 5,000 CFP
  • 10,000 CFP

and also the following coins:

  • 2
  • 5
  • 10
  • 20th
  • 50
  • 100

Exchange rate

You can find a currency converter here:

Banks and opening times

There are ATMs in Noumea, but you should not rely on them to work.

Unfortunately, the banks charge immense exchange fees.

Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Cards Credit cards are only accepted in Noumea or larger hotels.


It is not customary to tip. This is often even perceived as offensive.


Shop opening times

Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Travel to New Caledonia