Australian Consulate-General
Noumea, New Caledonia
French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna

 

 

COVID-19 – MUST READ INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUSTRALIA AND THE FRENCH PACIFIC

 

New measures for all travellers coming to Australia have been announced:  all travellers aged five years or older, departing on flights to Australia on or after 22 January 2021, will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result undertaken 72 hours or less prior to boarding a flight (some exemptions apply). Passengers transiting Australia on onward international flights will also be required to present a negative test result prior to boarding their plane for Australia. Passengers who will have had a COVID-19 vaccine will also be required to present a negative test result prior their departure for Australia and will also need to carry their vaccination certificate.

Most international travellers to Australia must be tested 72 hours or less prior to departure and present a negative result when checking in prior to boarding their flight, though travellers from New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna can be tested up to 96 hours prior to departure (see below). If flights to Australia are delayed by more than 72 hours passed the scheduled departure time, passengers will require new tests results. Travellers should contact their airline on the requirements for their specific flight, including for itineraries prior to 22 January 2021. Local foreign authorities may also have additional requirements in place for international departures from their country. Locations were to go to in the French Pacific for COVID-19 pre-departure tests are available under the country travel information below.

Masks are mandatory on all international and domestic flights, including within airports.

Anyone who has a negative test result and enters Australia, will still need to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine on a user-pay basis for quarantine fees at designated facilities in the port of arrival.

International arrival caps on the daily number of passengers coming into Australian airports from overseas will be reduced until 15 February 2021. This could affect your flight into Australia. If you’re scheduled to fly to Australia in the coming weeks, confirm your itinerary and travel plans with your airline or travel agent.

Please note the Australian Department of Home Affairs manages entry and travel restrictions to and from Australia, including visas and travel exemptions. The Health Departments of each Australian State and Territory manage health regulations, including quarantine exemptions and fees. All Australian States and Territories have travel restrictions relevant to their jurisdiction that must be adhered to.

Travellers needing assistance with their Home Affairs (e.g. visa or travel exemption) or health (e.g. quarantine advice and exemptions) enquiries must contact the relevant competent authorities in Australia directly. Alternatively, travellers (e.g. dual nationals or third country nationals seeking to transit Australia) should also contact Australian authorities directly or seek consular assistance from their nearest diplomatic or consular mission in Australia or contact their airline, cruise line, port agent, travel provider or employer as appropriate.

Australian authorities recommend submitting applications as early as possible and at least two weeks, but not more than 3 months, prior to the intended departure. The Australian Consulate-General is unable to escalate Home Affairs or State and Territory related enquiries or applications, including those relating to exemptions.

If you need to travel in Australia or overseas, make sure you know the facts about COVID-19. Travellers to Australia should contact their airline regarding any current requirements relating to COVID-19 measures and testing.

All travellers should regularly check all the website links provided for the most up-to-date information regarding their situation and contact relevant authorities in Australia and overseas for assistance applicable to their circumstances. Travellers should also keep up to date with all travel restrictions and regulations both in Australia and overseas and should follow the advice of local authorities, including in the French Pacific, as measures and regulations can be subject to change at short notice.

 

Travelling to/from Australia

Please refer to:

 

Travelling to/from New Caledonia

 

Travelling to/from French Polynesia

 

Information on COVID-19 vaccinations in Australia and in the French Pacific 

AustraliaUp-to-date information about Australia’s national roll-out of COVID-19 Vaccination Program is available on the website of the Australian Department of Health. The COVID-19 vaccine will be voluntary and free and, if you choose not to have a COVID-19 vaccine, your eligibility for Government payments won’t be affected. Information on vaccines approved for use in Australia is available on the website of the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program will prioritise the rollout of vaccines in Australia and will not extend to Australian citizens while overseas. The Australian Government cannot provide advice on vaccines that have been approved for use outside of Australia’s regulatory process. Australians overseas should consult their local health professional or local health authorities for advice on vaccine options that may be available locally. The Government’s Australia.gov.au website has been launched with details of Australia’s approach to COVID-19 vaccination, including FAQs on COVID-19 vaccines for Australians overseas. Information is also available on Smartraveller. Australian authorities advise that, irrespective of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, international travellers will still be required to quarantine upon arrival to Australia and meet other travel restrictions sur as pre-departure COVID-19 testing. 

New CaledoniaInformation on COVID-19 vaccination programs in New Caledonia, including FAQs, is available on the website of the Government of New Caledonia at Info-Vaccination. Local authorities advise COVID-19 vaccination is currently free and not mandatory. Please check with local authorities on the availability of vaccines should you wish to be vaccinated. 

French Polynesia Information on COVID-19 vaccination programs in French Polynesia is available on the website of the Health Department of French Polynesia at Vaccination COVID-19. Local authorities advise COVID-19 vaccinations are currently free and not mandatory. Please check with local authorities on the availability of vaccines should you wish to be vaccinated.

 Welcome to the Australian Consulate-General in New Caledonia

 

The Australian Consulate-General in Noumea is Australia’s official diplomatic mission in New Caledonia. The Consul-General is also accredited to French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna and is the representative to the Pacific Community (SPC).

Opening hours are from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Australian Passports - All Australian passport applications lodged overseas must be lodged in person and additional overseas fees apply. 

Visa for Australia - French nationals with a valid French passport are generally eligible to apply online for an eVisitor visa. Australian citizens must travel to Australia on an Australian passport.

 

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For more information on implementing development projects in Wallis and Futuna (available in French) click here.

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Applications for the 2021 Australia Awards Scholarships are now open. Candidates can apply online until 11:59pm, 30 June 2020. To find out more about the program, please visit our Study in Australia page, or visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website

New Caledonians and French Polynesians are eligible to apply for the Destination Australia program. For more information, please visit our Study in Australia page.

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