November 12th • 2 min read
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Extended Travel Restrictions in New Caledonia: 4 Workforce Secrets

Many countries are stretching their international travel restrictions to minimize the risk of seeing a COVID-19 spread. The biosecurity safety measures are designed to protect our communities and the world by preventing additional surges in the virus. In New Caledonia, overseas travel bans expected to lift in March have just been extended to July 31, 2021.
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There are some exceptions of course like one weekly flight from Paris to Noumea, as well as flights to and from Wallis and Futuna. However travel is largely accompanied by strict regulations for those who qualify and choose to fly, including a mandatory quarantine period for two weeks. As of November 10th, there are 29 confirmed cases being managed and zero fatalities.


As expected, putting people first comes at a cost. International tourism is down by 79% in APAC regions. While some regions like Europe boldly chose to gradually reopen international borders, it was short-lived as they also saw an increase in outbreaks. Amidst the uncertainty, the World Tourism Organization is forecasting an increase in international travel demands in the second half of 2021.


In the meantime, the population in New Caledonia is shrinking. For the first time in 30 years, more people have left the island than arrived. With a remote geography and a blended population that includes a steady influx of foreign talent, emigration trends can have major impacts on local businesses. We’re already starting to see evidence of a few trends.


Prioritising local talent

Companies have always been looking locally first. The current travel restrictions highlight this approach more than ever, even when it means providing on the job training to ensure new hires have the knowledge and skills needed to perform their jobs.

Increased reliance on technology. 

Companies are embracing innovations in technology like remote maintenance solutions to execute work without requiring the most senior experts to travel on-site. This enables better communications and collaboration in traditional industries.

Relying on a people partner. 

The competition for skilled talent is heating up, which is leaving many companies with a skills gap for an extended period of time. To build and complete their technical dream teams, many are turning to people partners like Easy Skill to find and land the highly-skilled human power at the right time.

Unlocking global mobility secrets.

When it comes to rare, hard-to-find expertise, sometimes a wider net is essential. Importing foreign talent is still an option and global mobility specialists have devised a COVID-safe way to relocate sought-after talent to the island to ensure the successful delivery of large, complex projects.


Prosperity on the island still relies on people power. Whether it’s the brains behind the operation or the brawn or some combination of it all, national companies need the right teams to execute projects that benefit our extended communities. Prolonging travel restrictions makes building dream teams more difficult as we have to learn to adapt. Failure isn’t an option and we look at this as an opportunity to get creative. By seeing challenges as an opportunity to learn and grow, we’re excited to find new ways to help our clients win the day. After all, that’s why we’re here.

Samantha Shah

Chief Marketing Officer

Our chief value creator with a knack for finding meaning everywhere. She bends words to create clarity while making a lasting impression. She can also make you laugh. An exiled Canadian now living in Australia, she enjoys the heat but misses snowboarding and the apres ski.

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