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Bonjour world: New Caledonia now open to all except cruise ships

Get set for more accessible island time – New Caledonia has dropped all COVID-19 entry requirements from 1 August, regardless of country of departure and vaccination status, allowing all travellers to holiday in the island nation again.

Get set for more accessible island time – New Caledonia has dropped all COVID-19 entry requirements from 1 August, regardless of country of departure and vaccination status, allowing all travellers to holiday in the island nation again.

One notable exception is that while international boats are allowed to enter New Caledonia, cruise ships are not permitted.

The South Pacific nation dropped all COVID-19 formalities on Monday, no longer requiring travellers to complete any entry requirements.

This includes pre-departure tests and tests on arrival and seven-day isolation at home or at the hotel have been scrapped.

New Caledonia reopened to fully vaccinated Australians in May.

While COVID-19 entry requirements have been lifted, the health advice remains to wear a mask on planes, at airports and in places visited by vulnerable people.

Self-test kits will be available at Noumea’s Tontouta Airport until 31 August 2022.

The New Caledonia news follows the gradual reopening of the South Pacific to leisure travellers again.

Solomon Islands and Samoa also reopened to tourists on 1 August, while Vanuatu welcomed back visitors on 1 July and Fiji on 7 April.

The Cook Islands reopened to Australian holidaymakers on 13 April.

For more info, visit newcaledonia.travel/coronavirus