French Polynesia Entry Requirements and Travel Advice

Travel restrictions to French Polynesia

Faced with the resurgence of COVID-19 cases around the world and in order to preserve French Polynesia which has for its part, shown significant improvement for several consecutive weeks, the authorities have decided to temporarily suspend travel to French Polynesia including for tourists from all origins until further notice.

As of Wednesday, February 3rd, travel will be authorized only for travelers who can justify one of the compelling reasons (health, professional, family, return home) as described on the website of the High Commission. This measure is planned for an initial period of two months (March 31, 2021).

Travelers currently in French Polynesia whose return is scheduled during this week can end their stay normally; beyond that, it is advisable to contact your airline to check your flight schedule.

All travelers aged 11 and over who travel to French Polynesia by air are subject to the following mandatory conditions:

  • Prior to boarding:

– Proof of a negative RT-PCR test (any RT-PCR test listed on this FDA site is allowed) carried out within three days prior to their international air departure. If the result is not obtained in due time, a certificate of completion of the RT-PCR test must be presented to the airline company, together with a negative result to an antigen test performed on the day of boarding. Any antigen test listed on this FDA site is acceptable for the same-day test in the event the RT-PCR test result was not received. Self-tests are not accepted.

– Present the receipt of the health registration from the Etis.pf platform (Electronic Travel Information System).

– Present the certificate of derogatory travel HERE and the declaration on honour HERE completed and signed.

  • During the stay:

– Travelers must complete a self-test 4 days after arrival in French Polynesia. The self–test will be provided upon arrival in French Polynesia. The self–test will be provided upon arrival in French Polynesia. This self-test will no longer need to be carried out as soon as the 14-day quarantine will be enforced;

– A 14-day quarantine in dedicated isolation centers will be enforced soon, at passengers’ own expense (more information to follow).

  • Prior to departure (returning in United States only):

– Beginning January 26, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all passengers 2 years of age or older on a flight to the United States, regardless of their immunization status, to present at check-in :

– A negative result from a Covid-19 viral test carried out within 3 days prior to their international flight;

– or, in the case of a previous Covid-19 infection within the last 3 months prior to departure, a positive viral test result, along with an official letter from a physician indicating that the passenger has made a full recovery and is authorized to travel;

– The possible options for testing prior to departure are available HERE. For travelers who could not carry out their test before reaching the international airport, antigenic testing are available at Tahiti Faa’a Airport. Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Travelers staying in the islands need to ensure to reach Tahiti no later than 4:00 p.m to have enough time to get tested at the airport’s Covid Center.

Also, the authorities of French Polynesia have declared a state of health emergency with the application of reinforced measures through Feburary 15, 2021.

A curfew is in effect on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea. All trips, circulation or movement in public areas are prohibited, every day, between 9:00 pm and 4:00 am through February 15, 2021 with the possibility to be extended. The official statement can be downloaded on the website of the High Commission. Find the curfew terms and conditions in the frequently asked questions.

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.