British Citizens do not need a visa to enter New Caledonia. Other arrangement of British passport holders should confirm entry requirements in New Caledonia with the French Diplomatic mission. There is no minimum passport validity requirement but it is to be made sure that the passport is valid at least for the proposed period of your stay.
Citizens of other countries should contact Tlscontact or the French embassy in UK to get a visa for New Caledonia. Tlscontact is an organization to which the French embassy has outsourced its visa processing matters. A schengen visa would not help entry in New Caledonia.
Visit: French Consulate in London, UK
You have to register on the website of Tlscontact and fill out their form in order to get an individualized documents checklist. The documents required varies from case to case. However, some generic documents required are mentioned below:
a) A valid passport
b) Proof of Funds to finance your stay in New Caledonia
c) Proof of accommodation,Airline tickets or itinerary
d) Completely filled and signed application form
Applying for Visa
You have to visit the Tlscontact office to apply for a visa to New Caledonia. They will collect your information at the spot and completion of information collection process, they will give you a date for visa collection.
Visa Processing and fees
It is suggested that you apply at least 20 working days before departure. Also, You can not submit visa application more than 90 days before your departure date.
The visa fee range between 7.5 GBP to 100GBP. Als0, 23.33 GBP service fee is charged by Tlscontact. For updated fees or categories given exemption or relaxation in visa fees and other categorizations visit the Tlscontact website.
Collection of Visa
You should visit the Tlscontact office for the collection of your passport after visa processing is done.
Final checklist of things to take along
Below is s checklist of things to take along for visiting New Caledonia.
a) All necessary documents mentioned in Step 2
b) Cash or valid credit card
c) water bottle
d) Maps of city and other locations to explore
e) french language guide book because mostly people speak French.
f) Water shoes
Tips and Precautions for tourists before visiting New Caledonia
The following precautions are suggested for a safe visit to New Caledonia.
a) Visit your physician to take vaccines or immunizations
b) Confirm any abnormality in weather forecasts
c) Check with your insurance company about their travel insurance coverage
d) Passport must be carried all the time (while traveling into the country)
e) You will not be allowed to work on a tourist visa in New Caledonia