Overseas visitors should check the Diplomatie website of the French Government to discern whether a visa is required for entry into the Territory of New Caledonia. Citizens of America, Australia and Canada do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days. Visitors from nations that are members of the European Union or European Economic Area may stay even longer without a visa.

Americans do not need any specific vaccinations to enter New Caledonia, although the following shots are usually recommended: hepatitis A and B, and typhoid. Those traveling to New Caledonia from yellow fever areas should note that proof of vaccination may be required.

Health and Safety

New Caledonia is a reasonably safe destination for travelers although visitors should be aware of bag snatchers and pickpockets, particularly in crowded areas. Use common sense and keep valuables out of sight. On the beach or snorkeling, watch out for sharp coral, sea anemones, broken glass, or other debris. The seawaters are home to sharks and poisonous sea-snakes, which should be avoided.

Visitors should stick to bottled water and avoid ice. Food from street vendors should only be eaten if it was cooked recently and is still hot. Visitors should wear loose, long, light colored clothing and use insect repellent to guard against mosquito borne illnesses.