New Caledonia updates visa requirements

New Caledonia is a tropical paradise located East of Australia and West of Vanuatu. It’s a French Overseas Territory and has its own way of doing things when it comes to visa entry for visitors.

There have been recent updates to conditions of entry for New Caledonia which all visitors should be aware of and include the compulsory requirement to have valid travel insurance.

The rules for non-European passport holders are different from European but there are countries and circumstances that are exempt from visa entry conditions. The recommendation is that you consult the visa wizard on the official visa website for France

If you visiting for less than 90 days you will need to provide the following supporting documents :
• You must have a passport for at least 3 months after the return date
• Your livelihood in New Caledonia (example: bank card for international use, cash, etc.)
• Your guarantees of return (ticket for returning to your country of origin or residence)
• Your travel insurance certificate or health insurance (covering any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent health attention and/or emergency hospital treatment) Minimum coverage : 30,000€
• The purpose of your stay

If you intend staying longer there are additional conditions, refer to website above.

One condition now required is the need for travel insurance and for those entering New Caledonia by private boat a suitable yacht travel insurance with full offshore cover is recommended. In the event that you have an accident offshore and arrive in New Caledonia needing treatment using a standard travel policy, you potentially don’t have any cover. Not only could you potentially incur substantial medical costs, you could possibly be refused entry as you have no valid medical insurance in place.

There are a few travel insurance providers which include a “bolt-on” to their standard travel insurance products. However, the Australian based company Topsail Insurance, provide a specialist Yachtsman’s Travel Insurance that includes medical cover up to A$10,000,000 and full offshore cover, suitable for Worldwide cruising including satisfying New Caledonian requirements details can be found at the Topsail Insurance website.

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