New Caledonia is a tropical paradise located East of Australia and West of Vanuatu, whilst being a French Overseas Territory, has its own way of doing things when it comes to visa entry to visitors.
There have been recent updates to conditions of entry into New Caledonia which all visitors will need to be aware, these include the compulsory requirement to have valid travel insurance.
The rules for non-European passport holders are different from European but there are countries and circumstances that are exempt from visa entry conditions. The recommendation is that you consult the visa wizard on the official visa website for France www.france-visas.gouv.fr
If you plan to visit for less than 90 days you will need to provide the following supporting documents :
• You must have a passport for at least 3 months after the return date
• Your livelihood in New Caledonia (example: bank card for international use, cash, etc.)
• Your guarantees of return (ticket for returning to your country of origin or residence)
• Your travel insurance certificate or health insurance (covering any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent health attention and/or emergency hospital treatment) Minimum coverage : 30 000€
• The purpose of your stay
If you intend on staying longer then there are additional conditions, refer to website above.
One of the conditions that are now required is the need for travel insurance and for those who are entering New Caledonia by boat a suitable yacht travel insurance with full offshore cover is recommended. In the event that you have an accident offshore and you arrive in new Caledonia needing treatment using a standard travel policy, you potentially don’t have any cover. Not only could you potentially incur substantial medical costs, you could potentially be refused entry as you have no valid medical insurance in place.
The specialist Yachtsman’s Travel Insurance includes medical cover up to £/€5,000,000 and full offshore cover, suitable for Worldwide cruising including satisfying New Caledonia requirements details can be found at www.topsailinsurance.com
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