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New entry requirements for New Caledonia

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This advice came from Island Cruising NZ today, looks like New Cal wants compulsory travel insurance and guessing the repatriation requirement is a ticket to your country of residency. seems like they are imposing similar rules to Tahiti

Worth checking out further if you are going to be voyaging there.

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According to a post on the Island cruising association the "repatriation" bit relates to return of a dead body and should be part of the travel insurance. 

 

quote; 

"Repatriation is the returning home of the body, remains or ashes of someone who has died outside of their country or their normal place of residence.

For those who have died overseas and wish to be repatriated to New Zealand, most of the cost can often be covered by their travel insurance policy. Before proceeding, check with the travel insurance provider."

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Tahiti used to waive the "return ticket" thing if you were an EU citizen... not sure that's still the case. 

 

R

 

As far as I can tell, EU citizens don't have to do this unless staying longer than 3 months.  Sadly I might not be an EU citizen much longer...

 

There is no change in the law, if you look at the date of the Ordinance it is 2002.  I think they are just enforcing the rules whereas they have been a bit patchy in the past.

 

I had a look at some of the French websites, but noonsite actually gives the best summary - https://www.noonsite.com/Countries/FrenchPolynesia?rc=Formalities#Immigration

 

Looks like there are ways of getting round it, but none easy or cheap.  A refundable air ticket on the credit card that you cancel before you get charged could be the best way.

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A entry broker / agent as guarantor @ $100 per person and he will in addition arrange all repairs with the locals, Knows where they are and their workmanship, reprovisioning for 10% of each account commission payable by the boat owner + do all the entry paper, pass ports work, saves you running around trying to find the departments, people who can speak English for directions and taxi fares to get there as the three departments are not all in the one place, or the Captain use's a open ended signed blank amount credit card so as a ticket or bond is not required by each person. The signed credit card is not actioned but held on file and is destroyed in front of you when you come the depart if all person on the crew entry list match the departure persons leaving with pass ports to be on board .  It is not the crew responsibility to provide the $1500 US bond or individuals airt tickets out of Tahiti, it is the boat owners or captain's responsibility if they want to enter New Caledonia or French Polynesia TAHITI, Singapore and elsewhere. In addition the captain is liable for all crews debts, fines, unpaid accounts, plus accommodation, food, fares to airport if the captain decides they are no longer to be a crew member once entry has been obtained. 

 

Crew at no instance should give their pass ports to the captain or an air ticket on his say so. Give him a photo copy of the first double page  which has your Photo and details so he can do the necessary crew documentation completion. If he / she chose's not to use a bond broker then go with him to all the authorities to get your passport stamped retaining possession at all times. If there is a dispute on passage and he tells you  are to be fired as a crew member and you are to find your own way home from where ever at your own expense then do not give your passport to the captain or bond broker under any circumstances. You will soon get your ticket  home plus hotel accommodation, food, taxi fare to airport on the owner or captain.

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Tahiti used to waive the "return ticket" thing if you were an EU citizen... not sure that's still the case. 

 

R

That still applies - also if you have an EU passport ( I think a British one will still qualify -once Brexit is finalised who knows) there is no 3 month time limit ie you can stay indefinitely and obviously don’t need air ticket out .

If you are entering on a NZ passport and want more than 3 months you will need to apply for a visa extension from the French Embassy in Wellington before you go - this process will require you making a booking and flying down to Wellington with relevant info and you need to allow at least 8 weeks for it to come through ( the application goes to Paris and back !) so allow for this before departure .

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