Customs regulations and required documents
Personal effects import regulations
Free import of:
the following items by persons older than 17 years:
50 grams of perfume and 25 milliliters eau de toilette;
Goods with a value of maximum XPF 30,000.- if being 15 years or older and XPF 15,000.- if being under 15 years of age.
An import authorization is required. Contact DIRAG – Direction de la Reglementation et de l’Administration Generale, BP C5 – 98844 Noumea. Tel: 687 266300.
The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES: www.cites.org.
For more information, contact Direction de l’Agriculture, de la Foret et de l’Environnement, BP 180 – 98845, Noumea. Tel: 687 232430.
The following items must be accompanied by a sanitary certificate in the form prescribed by the veterinary department of New Caledonia:
– cooked meat and other animal products;
– raw meat, which is only allowed if originating from Australia, Canada, Denmark, French Polynesia, Ireland (Rep.), New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, USA or Vanuatu.
Pets checked as cargo with an airway bill and carried on the same aircraft as the accompanying passenger. Pets should have a blood test completed more than 3 months before arrival. Contact the Veterinary Service in Noumea by Tel: +687 412536 or E-mail: [email protected].
Import generally prohibited (also when coming from USA).
Generally prohibited except if coming from a country free of aviary pest and newcastle disease. Parrots: import max. 2 per person (owner for more than 6 months), and the animal must be free of psittacosis. In all cases: apply for “import permit” at least one month in advance to “SVPA BP 256 Noumea, New Caledonia”.
Baggage is cleared at Noumea (NOU).
Currency Import regulations:
Local currency (CFP Franc-XPF) and foreign currencies: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or equivalent must be declared on arrival.
Currency Export regulations:
Local currency (CFP Franc-XPF) and foreign currencies: up to the amounts imported or declared.
No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.
Learn all about regulations for your destination country. From airport tax to be paid on departure, to importing pets, as well as rules on how much currency you may bring into and out of a country.
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PASSPORT VALIDITY: Six months
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES: One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED: Not required for stays under 90 days per six months
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY: None if arriving from another EU member state. If arriving from a country outside the EU, amounts exceeding EUR 10,000 or the equivalent in another currency must be declared.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:None if traveling directly to another EU member state. If travelling to a country outside the EU, amounts exceeding EUR 10,000 or the equivalent in another currency must be declared.
New Caledonia experiences natural disasters and severe weather, such as:
The New Caledonian Department of Emergency Management (French) responds to natural disasters and severe weather.
If there’s a natural disaster or emergency, a free crisis hotline is activated if required. Call +687 05 05 05 (French). Your tour operator or accommodation provider may also be may also be able to provide timely advice.
To protect yourself if a natural disaster occurs:
Get weather reports and disaster updates:
If you’re travelling during cyclone season, or after a natural disaster, contact your tour operator to check if services are affected.
Cyclones and severe weather
Cyclone season is from November to May, but cyclones can occur at other times.
The direction and strength of cyclones can change suddenly.
Cyclones and severe weather can bring:
If there’s a cyclone or severe tropical storm:
New Caledonia has a 4-phase cyclone alert system:
If a cyclone is approaching:
Once the SAFEGUARD PHASE is announced:
Flooding and mudslides
Heavy rains can cause flooding and mudslides. These can lead to:
Earthquakes and tsunamis
New Caledonia experiences earthquakes and tsunamis.
Tsunamis can happen within minutes of a nearby tremor or earthquake.
Ask your tour operator, host or accommodation provider about local procedures and what to do during an earthquake.
Tsunami risk is higher at:
On 5 December 2018, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit near New Caledonia. A tsunami alert was issued and later lifted. Several strong aftershocks followed the quake.
To prepare yourself for earthquakes and tsunamis you can:
If there’s an earthquake or tsunami:
If you’re near the coast, move immediately to high ground if advised by local authorities or if you:
Don’t wait for official warnings such as alarms or sirens.
Once on high ground, monitor local media.
After an earthquake:
New Caledonia can experience bushfires.
Bushfires usually occur from September to February. They can occur in other months.
Bushfire notifications are published by Météo France Nouvelle-Calédonie (French) from 15 September to 15 February.
To protect yourself from bushfires:
follow the advice of local authorities