French Polynesia Entry Requirements and Travel Advice

[International Tourism starting on July 15th – Visitors’ Entry and Stay Conditions]

French Polynesia has had no active cases of COVID 19  since May 29th. The country’s authorities announced today the borders will be re-opening to international tourism in French Polynesia starting on July 15th, 2020

Please find the sanitary protocol below:

  • PRIOR TO DEPARTURE:
    – A SARS-CoV-2 virus genome test (the SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test) has to be carried out by all travelers in a health authority center (hospital, clinic, medical centre, Covid-19 testing Center, or medical analysis laboratory) within 72 hours before the flight to Tahiti (at the passenger’s expense).
    The results of this test must be negative and will need to be presented to airline staff upon check-in prior to boarding the flight to French Polynesia.
    No boarding will be allowed if the test is positive.
    Sanitary entry formAfter obtaining the negative test results, each adult must fill out a digital Sanitary entry form online on the dedicated platform (link coming up soon) agreeing to:

    • Respect the prevention measures and all health safety instructions issued by the authorities of French Polynesia for the pre-boarding phase, during the flight,  disembarkation and throughout the stay;
    • Call the 40 455 000 in case of cough, fever or respiratory difficulty;
    • Accept to perform a detection test for the Covid-19 if the health authorities request it and to respond to their instructions if needs be during the stay;
    • Have travel insurance covering Covid-19 expenses or personally assume all expenses related to cost of care including hospitalization, confinement, or repatriation, should the visitor fall ill during their stay;
    • Provide information about the stay in French Polynesia (except for residents) : itinerary, inter-island transport, accommodation (e-mail contacts / telephone / dates of stay).

    The Sanitary entry form is filled online on the dedicated digital platform ETIS.pf [Electronic Travel Information System] which will be available early July 2020.

    Once completed a receipt will be issued in return.

    A printout of this receipt, or digital file (tablet, cell phone) must be presented to airline staff upon check-in together with the test results to be able to boarding the flight to French Polynesia.

  • DURING THE FLIGHT:
    Application of International Air Transport Association (IATA)  travel health protocol will be applied (at airports and on board the plane)
    – Wearing the mask during the flight.
  • DURING THE STAY:
    – Wearing the mask is recommended (from the age of 11 years old)
    – Respecting prevention measures at all times and in all places
    – Self-diagnosis of visitors: report in case of fever and/or flu symptoms, COVID-19
    – Testing during the stay: as part of health prevention, the Ministry of Health of French Polynesia may carry out some test to visitors, at the request of a health representative
    – Accredited medical staff may carry out some inspections in hotels or other kind of accommodation.

Shall you need further information, feel free to contact our team, mauruuru !

Visa and Passport Formalities when traveling to Tahiti

1/ The following nationalities can stay without visa from one to three months in French Polynesia (except those with a remunerated employment during their stay, no matter for how long is it):

European Union : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, The United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, Greece..
Asia-Pacific : South Korea, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Tokelau Islands, Niue, Cook Islands, Mariana Islands, American Samoa Islands, Guam and American passport holders, Australia, Norfolk citizens and holders of Australian passports, Malaysia, Brunei, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Western Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Taiwan ( the condition to have a passport bearing the identity card number)..
Chinese nationals from Hong-Kong with HKSAR passports and those from Macao with RAEM passports.
North, South and Central America : United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guatemala, The Bahamas, The Barbados.
Other countries : Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Holy See, Switzerland, Croatia, Antigua and the Barbados, Israel, Macedonia, Maurice, Montenegro, Palaos, Saint Christophe and Nevis, Serbia, Seychelles.

2/ Nationals from other countries are required to obtain a visa from the Embassy of France or the French consulate of their country. This visa must have the required mention “Valid for French Polynesia”..

3/ Foreigners exempted of a visa should contact the direction of Borders Police of French Polynesia. Tel: 689 80 06 20. For more information, click on this link.

Since January 12, 2009, to transit on USA, you must:

  • Be in possession of a round-trip plane ticket (that proves you leave the U.S territory, no matter the airport of entry or departure).
  • Submit an electronic passport except if you have a valid individual machine readable passport and emitted no later than October 25, 2005. Otherwise, obtaining a visa will be required.
  • Complete the ESTA formalities, paying since September 2010, on this site before travelling to receive a travel authorization.

Recommended vaccines when traveling to the islands of Tahiti

There are no immunization certificates or vaccinations required to enter French Polynesia

Polynesian Airport Customs

Upon your arrival in French Polynesia, you will need to declare all goods and pay duties and taxes accordingly.

Are exepmted of taxes, for each adult travelling :

Tobacco : 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars
Alcohols: 4 L of wine or champagne, or 2 L of other alcohols

You must also declare all values of an amount of 10.000 Euros or more.