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New Caledonia: Ongoing Protests and Civil Unrest

A number of locations in New Caledonia have experienced significant incidents of civil unrest and protest, some of which have been violent. These are particularly concentrated in the areas surrounding the city of Nouméa.

We advise avoid non-essential travel in New Caledonia due to ongoing civil unrest (level 3 of 4).

Local authorities have recommended that individuals stay in place and limit their movements wherever possible. 

On the 16 May 2024, the French Government announced a State of Emergency for New Caledonia with a curfew in place for the whole of New Caledonia from the hours of 6pm to 6am. The State of Emergency ended at 6am (NZT) Tuesday 28 May, but the curfew remains in place.

New Zealanders in New Caledonia are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations, as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. New Zealanders are also advised to monitor local media for developments and comply with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities.

Departing New Caledonia

Commercial flights out of New Caledonia are currently suspended as La Tontouta International Airport is closed to commercial planes.  French authorities advise that while reopening the airport is a priority it will remain shut until at least Sunday 2nd June.  New Zealanders should not attempt to travel to the airport until it is reopened and there is safe passage on the roads.

The New Zealand Government has operated seven government-assisted Royal New Zealand Air Force flights since Tuesday 21 May 2024. We operated a final flight on Tuesday 28th May.

New Zealanders should continue to stay in contact with their airlines to seek the most up-to-date advice about flight schedules. We recommend that you also contact your travel insurance provider to see what insurance cover may apply in these circumstances, and your accommodation provider to make alternative arrangements as required.

We provide general advice on contingency planning for New Zealanders overseas on our SafeTravel page here.

New Zealanders requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Consulate-General in Noumea on nznoumea@mfat.net or for consular emergencies after-hours on 0800 30 10 30 or +64 99 20 20 20.

All New Zealanders currently in New Caledonia are encouraged to register on SafeTravel.

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