Australian Consulate-General
Noumea, New Caledonia
French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna

 

 

COVID-19 – MUST READ INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUSTRALIA AND THE FRENCH PACIFIC

 

New measures for all travellers coming to Australia have been announced:  all travellers aged five years or older, departing on flights to Australia on or after 22 January 2021, will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result undertaken 72 hours or less prior to boarding a flight. Passengers transiting Australia on onward international flights will also be required to present a negative test result prior to boarding their plane for Australia. Passengers who will have had a COVID-19 vaccine will also be required to present a negative test result prior their departure for Australia and will also need to carry their vaccination certificate.

International travellers to Australia must be tested 72 hours or less prior to departure and present a negative result when checking in prior to boarding their flight. If flights to Australia are delayed by more than 72 hours passed the scheduled departure time, passengers will require new tests results. Travellers should contact their airline on the requirements for their specific flight, including for itineraries prior to 22 January 2021. Local foreign authorities may also have additional requirements in place for international departures from their country. Locations were to go to in the French Pacific for COVID-19 pre-departure tests are available under the country travel information below.

Masks are mandatory on all international and domestic flights, including within airports.

Anyone who has a negative test result and enters Australia, will still need to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine on a user-pay basis for quarantine fees at designated facilities in the port of arrival.

International arrival caps on the daily number of passengers coming into Australian airports from overseas will be reduced until 15 February 2021. This could affect your flight into Australia. If you’re scheduled to fly to Australia in the coming weeks, confirm your itinerary and travel plans with your airline or travel agent.

Please note the Australian Department of Home Affairs manages entry and travel restrictions to and from Australia, including visas and travel exemptions. The Health Departments of each Australian State and Territory manage health regulations, including quarantine exemptions and fees. All Australian States and Territories have travel restrictions relevant to their jurisdiction that must be adhered to.

Travellers needing assistance with their Home Affairs (e.g. visa or travel exemption) or health (e.g. quarantine advice and exemptions) enquiries must contact the relevant competent authorities in Australia directly. Alternatively, travellers (e.g. dual nationals or third country nationals seeking to transit Australia) should also contact Australian authorities directly or seek consular assistance from their nearest diplomatic or consular mission in Australia or contact their airline, cruise line, port agent, travel provider or employer as appropriate.

Australian authorities recommend submitting applications as early as possible and at least two weeks, but not more than 3 months, prior to the intended departure. The Australian Consulate-General is unable to escalate Home Affairs or State and Territory related enquiries or applications, including those relating to exemptions.

If you need to travel in Australia or overseas, make sure you know the facts about COVID-19. Travellers to Australia should contact their airline regarding any current requirements relating to COVID-19 measures and testing.

All travellers should regularly check all the website links provided for the most up-to-date information regarding their situation and contact relevant authorities in Australia and overseas for assistance applicable to their circumstances. Travellers should also keep up to date with all travel restrictions and regulations both in Australia and overseas and should follow the advice of local authorities, including in the French Pacific, as measures and regulations can be subject to change at short notice.

 

Travelling to/from Australia

Please refer to:

 

Travelling to/from New Caledonia

 

Travelling to/from French Polynesia

  • Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia, as well as Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada, still in French Polynesia and seeking to return to Australia or Canada are encouraged to examine commercial flights in the first instance. If you are in need of specific consular assistance in order to depart French Polynesia, you can contact us at [email protected]. Stay up to date with and follow the advice of local authorities. Stay also up to date with the Australian travel advice for French Polynesia on Smartraveller and the Canadian travel advice for French Polynesia and monitor news on our Facebook page at L’AustralieEnNouvelleCaledonie.
     
  • French Polynesia has reopened its borders to international travellers arriving by air. Strict pre-departure processes and measures on arrival and in country apply and may be subject to change at short notice. Masks are also mandatory on planes and at airports. Fines apply for non-compliance to these regulations. Further information is available on the website of the Health Department of French Polynesia and of the French High Commission in French Polynesia.
     
  • Authorities require all travellers entering French Polynesia by air to submit the results of a COVID-19 test and to register on the Government’s Electronic Travel Information System (ETIS) website at least within 3 days (72 hours) before their flight. Other tests may be carried out by airlines and airport authorities prior to boarding. Sailboats and other vessels seeking to come to French Polynesia must contact the Joint Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in French Polynesia (JRCC PF) (email: [email protected] – phone: +689 40 54 16 16) and the Maritime Affairs Directorate of French Polynesia (email: [email protected] – phone: +689 40 54 45 00) for advice on entry conditions to French Polynesia by sea, noting additional quarantine or health measures may apply.
     
  • For further information on requirements to enter French Polynesia, including departure processes and timeframes, please check the websites of the French High Commission in French Polynesia, the Ministry of Health of French Polynesia and of the French Ministry for the Interior. Please also contact the nearest French diplomatic or consular mission in Australia or the French diplomatic or consular mission in your country of residence for further advice. Please also contact your airline, cruise line, port agent, travel provider or employer as appropriate.
     
  • All travellers aged five years or older, travelling to or transiting through Australia on or after 22 January 2021, will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result undertaken 72 hours or less prior to boarding a flight at the departure point. COVID-19 (PCDR) pre-departure tests can be undertaken in French Polynesia at the Institut Malarde – Fare COVID (location: corner of Rue des Poilus Tahitiens and Rue du 5 Mars 1797 - email: [email protected] – phones: +689 40 41 64 72 or +689 40 41 64 16). The Fare-COVID is open Monday to Saturday from 7.30am to 3pm, and on Sunday from 7.30am to 12noon. Local authorities advise tests do not require an appointment and travellers should present at the Fare-COVID, with their  passport and itinerary (e-ticket), 3 days prior to their departure for a RT-PCR test or the day prior to their departure (or on the morning of their departure if their flight is scheduled on the same evening) for a antigenic test. Test results will be made available to travellers through internet with login details provided by Institut Malarde personnel. Local authorities also advise tests are currently priced at XPF 17,100 per person for RT-PCR tests and at XPF 5,700 per person for antigenic tests (prices subject to change). Further information is available on the website of the Institut Malarde. Travellers should check with their airline and the authorities of the other countries they are travelling to which type of test they require.
     
  • Please note the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea is unable to travel to French Polynesia to provide Australian passport and notarial services at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. We continue to work with relevant transport providers and local authorities on options to assist persons in need of these services. If you require Australian passport or notarial services, please contact us at [email protected].
     

 Welcome to the Australian Consulate-General in New Caledonia

 

The Australian Consulate-General in Noumea is Australia’s official diplomatic mission in New Caledonia. The Consul-General is also accredited to French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna and is the representative to the Pacific Community (SPC).

Opening hours are from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Australian Passports - All Australian passport applications lodged overseas must be lodged in person and additional overseas fees apply. 

Visa for Australia - French nationals with a valid French passport are generally eligible to apply online for an eVisitor visa. Australian citizens must travel to Australia on an Australian passport.

 

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