Security Alert
May 17, 2024

Worldwide Caution

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New Caledonia

New Caledonia
New Caledonia
Reconsider travel to New Caledonia due to civil unrest and crime.

Updated to reflect change to Travel Advisory Level 3.

Reconsider travel to New Caledonia due to civil unrest and crime.

U.S. citizens should reconsider travel to New Caledonia or consider departing by commercial or other privately available transportation options, in light of the current security situation and infrastructure challenges following riots related to electoral reform in May 2024. The French Government has taken and/or could take additional measures, including declaring a state of emergency, curfews, restrictions on freedom of movement, ID verification, and increased security inspections. Follow any state of emergency measures imposed in your province.

Protests, demonstrations, tire burning, and roadblocks are frequent, unpredictable, and have turned violent. During civil unrest, commercial transportation may become unavailable without warning for U.S. citizens wishing to depart New Caledonia. The U.S. government is extremely limited in its ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in New Caledonia – assistance on site is available only from local authorities.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to New Caledonia.

If you decide to travel to New Caledonia: 

  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
  • Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Formulate departure plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.   
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter/X.
  • Review the Country Security Report for New Caledonia.   
  •  Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel. 
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.    

Embassy Messages


Quick Facts


Six months 


One page required for entry stamp


Not required for stays under 90 days per six months




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.


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.

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Suva

158 Princes Rd, Tamavua
Suva, Fiji Islands
Telephone: +(679) 331-4466
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(679) 772-8049
Fax: +(679) 330-2267

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens do not need a visa if entering on a regular tourist passport and staying no more than 90 days out of every six months. Return ticket travel will be confirmed. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the duration of your stay in New Caledonia. Some travelers may be asked to show proof of medical insurance. For stays longer than 90 days in a six-month period, you must apply for a long-term visa at the nearest French embassy or consulate at least 30 days in advance as the processing time can be quite lengthy. For further information about entry requirements, particularly for those planning to enter by sea, please contact the French Embassy at 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20007, telephone 202 944-6200, fax 202-944-6212, or visit the Embassy of France website.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of New Caledonia.

Find information for travelers with dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our website.

Safety and Security

Public Safety: Marches highlighting labor or political issues take place in the greater Noumea area from time to time. Any protest or demonstration has the potential to turn violent. You should avoid large public demonstrations at all times. Roads leading into and out of Noumea may be closed during periods of civil unrest. Messages regarding demonstrations and strikes, explosive device/suspicious packages, and weather-related events are posted on the embassy’s website.

Crime: The crime rate in New Caledonia is low; however, petty crime such as pick pocketing and purse-snatching does occur. Fights and assaults sometimes occur outside discotheques and bars, especially over weekends and holidays and at closing time

See our website and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

Report crimes to the local police at 17 emergencies and contact the U.S. Embassy +679 331 4466.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Do not buy counterfeit and pirated goods in New Caledonia, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, you are breaking local law, too. The import or possession of counterfeit items is a crime in New Caledonia and even having any such items in your baggage on arrival can lead to their seizure and serious fines for the person involved.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Customs: Customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from New Caledonia of items such as agricultural products. Please contact the Embassy of France in Washington for specific information regarding customs requirements.

Cyclone Season: The official cyclone season is November through April. The Fiji Meteorological Service maintains a Tropical Cyclone Warning Center (TCWC) in Nadi serving the Southwest Pacific Region. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available at the State Department’s website, as well as from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website.

Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:

LGBTQI+ Travelers: We are not aware of any reports of violence against persons based on sexual orientation or gender identity or prosecutions of consenting adults under these provisions. 

See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: New Caledonia subscribes to laws that require disability accommodations and many new buildings with public or community space are accessible. However, some existing buildings as well as transportation systems do not yet meet these requirements. 

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.


  • Medical treatment on the main island is generally good but not up to standards of industrialized countries and it is more limited on the outer islands.
  • Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. Patients with more serious illnesses are often referred to Noumea, Australia, or France for treatment.
  • Serious medical conditions requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals in New Caledonia often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

The Department of State does not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Medication: If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of New Caledonia to ensure the medication is legal in New Caledonia. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers should consider being vaccinated for both typhoid and hepatitis A, which are transmitted through contaminated food and water.

General Health Information: The following disease is prevalent:

Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

Further health information:

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Roads in New Caledonia are generally well maintained, except in remote areas. Animals and pedestrians walking in the road make night driving on unlit secondary roads hazardous. Roads leading into and out of Noumea may be closed during periods of civil unrest. 

Traffic LawsDriving under the influence of alcohol is illegal in New Caledonia. Use of seat belts is required by law.

Public Transportation: Taxis and buses are available in Noumea and some of the larger towns. Watch your personal belongings while on public transportation to avoid pickpocketing.

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of New Caledonia’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of New Caledonia’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to New Caledonia should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings website.

For additional travel information

International Parental Child Abduction

For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) report.

Last Updated: August 9, 2023

Travel Advisory Levels

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Suva
158 Princes Rd, Tamavua
Suva, Fiji Islands
+(679) 331-4466
+(679) 772-8049
+(679) 330-2267

New Caledonia Map