Visa and entry requirements New Caledonia:

Passport not required

No visa is required

Information from the Foreign Office about your trip to New Caledonia:

New Caledonia is a group of islands in the Pacific with around 300,000 inhabitants. New Caledonia, which is politically part of France, includes the main island Grande Terre, the Ile des Pins, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep Islands and the Loyalty Islands.

The archipelago lies east of the Australian mainland and has the 1,628 meter high Mont Panie, the highest point in the country. Surrounding the main island is the barrier reef, the second largest coral reef in the world.

The official language of New Caledonia is French and the Central Pacific Franc is used as payment, with 1 euro equaling around 120 XPF.

The largest cities in New Caledonia include Noumea, Hienghene, Kone, Poum, Yate, Bourail, Sarramea and Poindimie.

The most important economic sectors of the archipelago are the mining of the enormous nickel deposits, agriculture and tourism. The main island has an international airport around 40 kilometers from the capital Noumea.

The most important attractions in New Caledonia include the Municipal Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Zoo, the Tijbaou Cultural Center, the History Museum of New Caledonia, the Anse Vata beach, the Plage de la Baie des Citrons and the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Noumea, the Blue River National Park in Yate, the rock formations of Upi Bay, the Ile des Pins with its long white sandy beaches, the church and the impressive beaches of Lifou, the steel lighthouse on the small island of Amadee, the aquarium, the main post office, the barracks , the “Place des Cocotiers”, the town hall, the Votive Church and the Pierre-Vernier promenade of Noumea and the Yejele beach of Mare.

The capital of New Caledonia is Noumea with around 120,000 inhabitants. Noumea on the main island of Grande Terre, lies on a peninsula and is by far the largest city in the archipelago.

Noumea is home to the country's most important port, which is primarily used for nickel exports.

In January 2017 I visited New Caledonia for the only time so far. I took off with Air Vanuatu in the morning from Port-Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. Thanks to public transport, it is quite easy to get to the capital, which is around 40 kilometers away, along the densely wooded landscape.

During my two-day stay, I undertook, among other things, an extensive tour of Noumea's beautiful beach landscape.

The urban area of Noumea is very wide and therefore rather unsuitable for sightseeing on foot. Unfortunately, in the end I didn't have the time for an extensive bus tour.

New Caledonia is generally very expensive; hotels and restaurants sometimes charge extremely high prices. Somehow I was never really able to get used to the whole island; some of the residents were difficult and quite unfriendly.

The next day I went on to Sydney.