New Caledonia

Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise normal precautions in New Caledonia. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

For the latest passport and visa requirements for this country, please consult the U.S. State Department’s “Learn About Your Destination” search tool, available through the link below.

US Embassy/Consulate

None (overseas territory of France); US citizens may call US Dept of State (202)-501-4444 for emergencies; alternate contact is the embassy in Fiji; +(679) 331-4466; +(679) 772-8049; US Embassy Suva, 158 Princes Rd, Tamavua, Suva, Fiji Islands

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 15; Fire: 18; Police: 17


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for New Caledonia: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, COVID-19, and influenza.


Tropical; modified by southeast trade winds; hot, humid

Currency (Code)

Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique francs (XPF)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

220 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, F

Plug Type CPlug Type F

Major Languages

French, 33 Melanesian-Polynesian dialects

Major Religions

Roman Catholic 60%, Protestant 30%, other 10%

Time Difference

UTC+11 (16 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Yes, but some opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Noumea (includes Tjibaou Cultural Center, Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, Harbor); Amedee Lighthouse; Port-Boise; Isle of Pines; Lifou Island

Major Sports

Soccer, rugby, cricket, cycling

Cultural Practices

It is considered impolite to cut into a conversation uninvited (wait to be asked), to speak too loudly in public, to arrive late to a pre-arranged meeting, or to fail to show respect to everyone, especially elders.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is generally not expected. However, small tips given to tour guides are accepted. Rounding up the total bill is a good practice.


Seashell, black coral, and precious metal jewelry; sandstone-carved items, essential oils, sarongs, woven baskets, preserves, ceremonial wood-carved items

Traditional Cuisine

Bougna — coconut milk combined with various root vegetables such as taro, manioc, and yams and often chicken, pork, or seafood; the mixture is wrapped in banana leaves and placed over hot coals in an earthen oven

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Thursday, March 28, 2024