Money & duty free for New Caledonia

Exchange rates:

French Pacific Franc
C$1 = XPF85.82
€1 = XPF119.33
£1 = XPF142.59
US$1 = XPF115.06

Currency & Money

Currency information

French Pacific Franc (CPF). Notes are in denominations of XPF10,000, 5,000, 1,000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of XPF100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1.

New Caledonia is part of the French Monetary Area. Australian and New Zealand dollars are widely accepted in shops, hotels and restaurants. The French Pacific Franc is tied to the Euro. For further details on the Euro, see France section.

Credit cards

American Express and Visa are widely accepted; Diners Club and MasterCard have more limited use. ATMs are available in Nouméa, but sometimes have a maximum weekly withdrawal limit.

ATM

ATMs are available in Nouméa, but sometimes have a maximum weekly withdrawal limit.

Travellers cheques

To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros. There is, however, a charge for each transaction.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0730-1545.

Currency restriction

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency if arriving from or travelling to a country in the European Union. Import and export of local or foreign currency is limited to the equivalent of €10,000 if arriving or travelling from a non-European Union country and must be declared above this amount.

Currency exchange

Exchange facilities are available at the airport and at main branches of banks, but may charge a steep commission. However, Euro exchange is in theory free from commission.

New Caledonia duty free

The following goods may be imported into New Caledonia by travellers aged 17 or over without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 2L of table wine and 1L of spirits over 22% volume, or 2L of fortified wine less than 22% volume.
• 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.
• 500g of coffee and 100g of tea.
• Other goods to the value of XPF30,000 (reduced to XPF15,000 for children under 15).

Banned imports

Prohibited items include narcotics and counterfeit goods.

Restricted items include plants, animals and their products, endangered species, arms and ammunition, and medicines.

Banned exports

Narcotics and counterfeit goods.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.