New Caledonia is a French territory comprising dozens of islands in the South Pacific. Lying in the western Pacific Ocean, by the east of Australia and the west of Vanuatu. Renowned for its white sand beaches and marine life lagoon. A massive barrier reef surrounds the main island, Grand Terre, a major scuba-diving destination.
The country offers relaxing beach holidays, camping, hiking, amazing snorkeling, diving and fabulous French cuisine.
Total Area : 19,060 km2
Population : 216,494 ( July 2006)
Dialing code: +687
Official Language : French
Sovereign state: French Republic
Capital and largest city: Noumea
Citizens of any EU country(including Metropolitan France), Andorra, Iceland, Liechenstein, Monaco, San Marino, and Switzerland can visit and stay visa-free for a unlimited time in New Caledonia. Some other nationalities may enjoy visa free to visit the country. Please explore more of the visa information at the following website.
Note: Passport must have at least 6 months validity to cover this journey
Currency: Pacific Franc
Flat change rate with Euro (1€=119.33 XPF)
Not easy to get the currency out of the country. It will be easier for tourist to withdraw some cash from the BNC or BCI branch ATMs on your arrival at the airport (if you have an ATM card) or bring foreign currency to exchange on arrival, there is one change desk at arrival lounge at La Tontouta Airport.
Euro or US or AU dollar is not commonly accepted at hotels, shops or restaurants.
Credit Cards :
VISA and MASTERCARD cards are widely accepted in shops and stores. AMERICAN EXPRESS cards are fairly widely accepted in New Caledonia but cannot to withdraw cash from an ATM.
Electricity & Voltage
220 and 240 volts AC. Primary sockets generally require European plugs of the two round pin variety. We recommend that you pack a universal travel adaptor. You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor in order to use U.S. appliances.
Average monthly temperature throughout the year is around 24°C in the shade. It hovers between 20-22°C during the cooler months (July/August) and 27-28°C during the hotter months (December/January/February).
Water temperatures are pleasant all year round, varying between 22 and 28.5°C.
More weather information please check:
Health & Safety
New Caledonia is a safe tourist destination. But still few precautions to take while you are in the country.
No vaccinations are required for a stay in New Caledonia.
However, mosquito bites can be dangerous. Although New Caledonia is free from malaria, other infectious diseases (dengue, chikungunya and zika viruses) can be spread by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes (particularly Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, a known vector of several viruses) are most prevalent from November to April but never completely disappear from New Caledonia, so you should protect yourself from mosquito bites whatever season you are staying in the country. Insect repellent must be in your packing list.
If you’re fond of fresh fish, you should take care what you eat. You can get ciguatera (locally known as “la gratte”) from eating some lagoon fish species. The risk of getting ciguatera if you eat fish in a restaurant is tiny but if you fancy cooking fresh fish bought at the market, it’s best to ask for advice from locals.
Please bear in mind that most land in the bush or in the islands is customary and belongs to local tribes. If you’d like to visit a site located on tribal land, should always ask a tribal chief (or his representative) for prior permission. Local communities are traditionally extremely hospitable and welcome visitors who show respect for their culture and customs.
Telephone, Internet and Wifi
Country calling code “687”
Internet or Wifi is available in the majority of Hotels or resort, some may offer to hotel guest but some are with charges.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Russia are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you would like to know more about the outbound Travel alert please explore the website:
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm