Regulations and procedures can be subject to change at short notice. Please read instructions carefully and regularly check all official websites provided for the most up-to-date information and instructions applicable to your circumstances.
Check information and recommendations on Smartraveller under What you need to know before you go | Smartraveller. Check also information and recommendations under Australian citizens - Consular services and travelling abroad (consulate.gov.au).
Before you book your travel, check regulations as applicable to your circumstances - It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline or vessel operator you are travelling with and of countries you are travelling to or transiting through. You are responsible for checking requirements applicable to your circumstances regarding visas, entry permits and exemptions, quarantine (possibly at your own expense), mandatory health and other declarations, COVID-19 testing and vaccination, use of face masks, as well as insurance to cover your specific travel, condition and circumstances. Also check the safety and COVID-19 plans applied by the airline or cruise company you intend travelling with and ensure you meet their requirements. If you need information or assistance, please contact your airline, cruise line, travel provider or employer and the relevant competent authorities in Australia, New Caledonia and in Wallis-and-Futuna directly.
Comprehensive travel insurance - If you’re leaving Australia, travel insurance is just as essential as a passport. Without it, you or your family could suffer financially if things go wrong. Ensure your travel insurance (check the CHOICE travel insurance buying guide) covers you for the places you’ll visit, the things you’ll do and any pre-existing medical conditions you have. Some destinations may also require travellers to hold travel insurance as a condition of entry. No matter who you are, where you're going and what you're doing, get insurance as the Australian Government will not pay your medical costs or your medical evacuation costs. Travel insurance is mandatory for France and Overseas France, including New Caledonia and Wallis-and-Futuna, and needs to cover all medical and hospitalisation expenses, including repatriation costs and medical evacuation. You may need to present your travel insurance certificate at departure or on arrival.
Regarding foreign visa enquiries, please note every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. Foreign governments often require you to get a visa before they let you enter. Make sure you meet all entry and exit conditions. Check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Visa requirements can change at short notice. The Australian Government can't provide definitive information for every destination or situation. It's your responsibility to make sure you have the right visa and meet all entry and exit conditions. If you don't, the Australian Government can’t help you.
For information on French visas, stays and work permits in New Caledonia and Wallis-and-Futuna, consider contacting the French Embassy in Canberra or the French Consulate-General in Sydney or the French diplomatic or consular representation in your country of residence for up-to-date visa information and requirements (Visas - La France en Australie (ambafrance.org) and Do you need a visa ? | France-Visas.gouv.fr).
Please also check entry and stay conditions in New Caledonia for foreigners available on the website of the French High Commission in New Caledonia at Accueil des étrangers - Démarches - Les services de l'État en Nouvelle-Calédonie (nouvelle-caledonie.gouv.fr). Information on entry and stay conditions in Wallis-and-Futuna for foreigners are available on the website of the French Prefecture in Wallis and Futuna at Service de la Réglementation et des Élections - Préfecture (Administration Supérieure) - Services de l'Etat et du Territoire - Les services de l'État et du Territoire à Wallis et Futuna (wallis-et-futuna.gouv.fr).
Please also check the Australian travel advice for New Caledonia and the Canadian travel advice for New Caledonia. Follow the advice of your country of nationality for the countries you are travelling to or transiting through available from foreign diplomatic or consular mission in Australia.
If you have any questions or concerns around your planned travel to New Caledonia or Wallis-and-Futuna, contact your airline including Aircalin or Qantas, cruise line, travel provider or employer for help and to check regulations applicable to your circumstances. Check also with your airline including Aircalin or Qantas, or cruise line on their boarding conditions and on regulations applicable to travel by minors, including those unaccompanied.
Other useful sites
- Consulate-General of France in Sydney including information on visas, customs and medicine for personal use
- French High Commission in New Caledonia with regulations applicable to arrivals, stays of up to 3 months or over, work permits and driving licences for EU citizens and non-EU citizens.
- French Customs Directorate in New Caledonia with information for travellers, including authorised goods and customs regulations applicable to private yachts and travellers arriving by air
- New Caledonian Department for Animal, Food and Rural Affairs (Direction des Affaires Vétérinaires, Alimentaires et Rurales – DAVAR) including Information for travellers and a list of products not requiring import permit or biosecurity-sanitary certificates
- New Caledonia Tourism, including visas, entry requirements including for cruise ship passengers, COVID-19 travel updates and information and requirements for private sailboats, Traditions, Customs and Etiquette and New Caledonia Tourism - Kanak Culture
- Drones / Aéronefs télépilotés en Nouvelle-Calédonie (aviation-civile.nc) - regulations applicable to the use of drones in New Caledonia