Coronavirus COVID-19 - Travel Information
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
HOW TO GET TO FRENCH POLYNESIA
ENTRY & VISA REQUIREMENTS
MONEY, SHOPPING & COMMUNICATION
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY AND STAY IN 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 The Islands of Tahiti including for tourists from all origins until further notice.
As of Wednesday 3 February, Travel will be authorized only for travelers who can justify one of the compelling reasons (health, professional, family, return home) cf 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. 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).
During your stay, if you test positive for COVID-19:
- If in doubt about your state of health (fever and / or flu symptoms), contact the reception of your accommodation and / or directly on (+689) 40 455 000 (Health Watch Office of French Polynesia).
- Depending on the diagnosis made by the Office of Health Watch, you will need to follow their instructions (which may include isolation measures and / or performing a complementary SARS-CoV-2 genome detection test).
- If your results are negative, you will be able to continue your vacation peacefully.
- If your results are positive, and if your state of health requires it, you will be repatriated to the island of Tahiti, and will either be hospitalized at the island's Hospital Center, or housed in isolation in a dedicated COVID 19 center. If hospitalized, the best care will be given to you during your convalescence. All costs related to your health care will be billed to you.
- Your family can choose to continue their stay in the islands or prefer accommodation on the island of Tahiti. All costs incurred by these procedures will be your responsibility.
- As soon as your condition is declared "non-contagious", your discharge of care and / or dedicated accommodation and return to your country of origin can be organized.
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 in Tahiti or Moorea. 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 February 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 extend it.
More information on Tahiti Tourisme website.
What to pack?When packing for a trip to Tahiti, focus on casual, comfortable, warm weather clothing. Sandals are accepted everywhere and men can leave their neckties home! The dress code is very casual. However, while going out to dinner some nights in luxury hotels or fine dining restaurants, you may want to dress up.
Have something warm available for the evenings which are sometimes cooler (lagoon side, boat trips and in the mountains).
Essential:swimsuits, sunglasses, hat, sunblock and a powerful anti-mosquito lotion.
Time differenceFrench Polynesia is 10 hours behind GMT. (GMT+10)
What is the best time to travel to French Polynesia?The islands enjoy a pleasant tropical climate. On average, the temperatures are always high.
Tahiti gets an average of eight hours of sun per day, with temperatures ranging from 75 to 86 degrees F. There are two main seasons:
The dry season occurs from April through October with the coming of the southeast trade winds. It is also known as the austral winter and brings a relative coolness to Tahiti’s temperatures during the peak season.
A warmer and more humid season goes from November to March. The high islands are also more humid than the atolls because they have plenty of vegetation, while the atolls are more exposed to trade winds.
Further away from the equator, the Austral and Gambier archipelagoes, located down south, enjoy cooler temperatures.
Which languages?French and Tahitian are the two official languages. English is also widely spoken particularly in tourist areas.
Water and electricityTap water in Papeete is safe to drink; enquire locally in the other islands. If in doubt, use mineral bottled water. Electricity: 110 or 220 Volts (60 Hz) depending on the island and type of accommodation. Check before plugging in. Electrical plug adapters and a voltage converter
Getting to Tahiti is very easy. With over six international carriers coming here, finding flights is not a problem.
Air Tahiti Nui is flying from Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Auckland to Faa’a International airport (PPT). Tahiti is also accessible from Paris and Los Angeles on Air France while LATAM Airlines has one weekly flight from Santiago of Chile to Faa’a.
Weekly flights are also available from Auckland on Air New Zealand, from Noumea on Air Calin and from Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines.
VISA REQUIREMENTSVisitors must hold a return flight ticket to their resident country or to at least two more continuing destinations.
Entry Requirements and Customs Regulations are subject to change without notice.
Always check before travelling to Tahiti or contact us to get the proper information as it is your responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is complete and up to date for valid entry into the country.
A passport is required that is valid for three months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia. No visa is required for stays of up to one month.
A passport is required that is valid for six months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia.
A passport is required that is valid for three months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia. No visa is required for stays of up to three months.
A passport is required that is valid for six months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia. No visa is required for stays of up to one month.
Please check with the French Consulate and request specific information for entry to French Polynesia.
Nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries who are seeking to travel to the United States and stay for a maximum of 90 days, will have to apply for an approved travel authorization prior to departure, on the following secure website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov
CUSTOMSUpon arrival in French Polynesia, you must declare all goods you are carrying with you and pay the relevant duties and taxes to the Customs Office.
However, you may gain duty free cover (with no duties or taxes to pay) on the following goods (whether purchases or gifts): 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, 250 Pipe Tobacco, 50 grams of perfume, 500 grams of coffee, 100 grams of tea, 2 litres of alcohol.
Strictly prohibited imports are the following: live animals, all plant material (unless with an international phyto sanitary certificate), flowers and fruits (unless specially authorized), copies and pearls originally grown in Polynesia.
The following are also prohibited: weapons, munitions and narcotics.
LUGGAGE ALLOWANCEIn compliance with Civil Aviation Safety Authority Regulations, it is necessary to limit the size, weight and number of passengers' carry-on baggage’s.
For first-class or business-class passengers: 2 pieces of 32 kg (70 lbs) per person
For economy-class passengers: 1 piece of 23 kg (50 lbs) per person
Luggage can’t exceed total measure of 158 cm (62 in).
Carry-on bag cannot exceed total measure of 115 cm (45 in).
Some airlines will allow surf, golf and diving equipment as long as the dimensions and weight do not exceed the maximum. Please check with the airline prior to your departure.
International passengers are allowed up to three pieces at 22.5 kg (50 lbs) upon presentation of their international plane ticket. Luggage cannot exceed an overall dimension of 150 cm (59 in).
Luggage in cabin: only one luggage per passenger is allowed in the cabin, with a maximum weight of 5 kg (11lbs) and a maximum dimension of 45 x 35 x 20 cm (17 x 13 x 7 in).
An additional 5 kg (11 lbs) allowance is available for divers upon presentation of their dive certificate.
Luggages with a unit weight of over 25 kg can not be checked-in at Air Tahiti desk and require special procedures. Please contact us for more details.
The unit of currency in Tahiti is the French Pacific Franc (XPF). The exchange rate is stable as it is linked to the Euro. 1 EUR = 119.332 XPF
Banks throughout the islands are open mainly on weekdays only and are the best place to change foreign currency.
The international banks in Tahiti include Banque de Polynésie, Banque de Tahiti and Banque Socredo.
International hotels also provide this service, however rates of exchange are not as good.
There are ATMs on a few islands. Some atolls and islands in the Austral and Gambier archipelagoes do not have banking facilities.
Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are generally accepted in the tourist areas throughout the islands.
offices & shops
Shops are open from Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 11:30 am and from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Saturdays from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.
Most places are closed on Sunday including many restaurants except for the Papeete market, which is very busy from 5:00 in the morning. There you can find a wide variety of flowers, food, pareos, hats, mother of pearl, art objects and a variety of souvenirs.
Banks are always closed on Sunday with limited hours on Saturday. It is a good idea to take a small amount of cash to use for the purchasing of souvenirs or sundries.
Your travel designer can offer shopping recommendations.
There are dry cleaning services available in Papeete, and most hotels have a laundry service.
Bring film, extra batteries and memory cards. Never leave a camera in a hotel room.
Postal and telecommunication services
Papeete Central Post Office, located near the Yacht Wharf and Bougainville Park and is open weekdays from 7 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to 11 am. There are many international card-operated call boxes throughout most of the islands.