France Grants Vanuatu Citizens Visa-Free Access To New Caledonia

Vanuatu government thanked for its support for New Caledonia and French Polynesia in becoming members of the Pacific Islands Forum

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, September 19, 2016) – France's Ambassador in Vanuatu has confirmed that Vanuatu passport holders will now have free entry into New Caledonia on a maximum three month visit.

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai had earlier questioned why New Caledonia had not kept its promise to allow Vanuatu passport holders visa free access to New Caledonia, after seeking Vanuatu's support for New Caledonia's and French Polynesia's bid to become full members of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Alain Duboispean told Prime Minister Charlot Salwai onboard a French warship visiting Vanuatu that he had just received the visa-free information from France.

Mr Duboispean also thanked the Vanuatu government for its support for the New Caledonia and French Polynesia to become members of Pacific Islands Forum during the recent leaders summit in Federated States of Micronesia.

New Caledonia's president Philippe Germain promised such an arrangement during his last visit to Vanuatu.

Prime Minister Salwai thanked the French Government for keeping its promise.

Vanuatu was a French and Bristish colony until 1980 and New Caledonia has been on the United Nations decolonisation list since 1986.

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