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Entry and stay conditions in The Islands of Tahiti

Updated on September, 14th 2021

VACCINATED TRAVELERS:

  • Travelers having stayed at least 15 days in a French territory (except Guyana), in the United Kingdom or the United States or in a country of the green-zone, prior to departure to French Polynesia.
  • Vaccinated travelers from the United States are still allowed to travel to The Islands of Tahiti
  • No compelling reason to justify
  • Deadlines to be respected between full anti-COVID 19 vaccination and departure:
    • 7 days for Pfizer, Moderna, and Astrazeneca vaccines
    • 28 days for the Janssen vaccine

OTHER TRAVELERS:

  • Are included in this category:
    • Unvaccinated travelers
    • Travelers immune by previous COVID-19 infection
    • Travelers having stayed less than 15 days in a French territory (except Guyana), in the United Kingdom, in the United States, or in a country of the green-zone, prior to departure to French Polynesia.
  • A compelling reason for travel is still applicable (Health, Family, Work)
  • Tourism is not a compelling reason for travel
  • A 10-day quarantine is still applicable

REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN:

  • Children traveling with a parent or legal guardian who is vaccinated: The child must take 2 self-tests (distributed upon arrival) to be done on day 4 and day 8 which are to be deposited at their hotel or in a dedicated health center
  • Children traveling with a parent or legal guardian who is unvaccinated: The child will be subject to a compulsory 10-day quarantine along with a parent or legal guardian in TAHITI ONLY with a requirement to take an RT-PCR test on day 4 and day 8 at the Louis Malardé Institute in Tahiti

PRIOR TO BOARDING

Important: registration on www.etis.pf must be filled between 30 to 6 days the latest, prior to departure. For other travelers, a boarding authorization must also be granted from the High Commissioner. The www.etis.pf is the gateway for both documents.

As of July 20, 2021, all passengers will be subject to a fee upon arrival to cover part of the costs associated with Covid 19 health measures. This fee covers the processing of administrative and sanitary requests, Etis procedures, arrival tests, and tracing of passengers disembarking in French Polynesia. Upon obtaining your Etis receipt, travelers will be required to pay a flat fee. The amount of the fee will be tiered according to the type of traveler:

  • 5 000XPF for vaccinated travelers 6 years and older and non-vaccinated children between 6 and 18 years old accompanying a vaccinated parent or legal guardian
  • 12 000XPF for unvaccinated travelers 6 years and older

 

EXEMPTION:

  • People under 6 years old
  • Student residing in French Polynesia – with supporting documents
  • Person returning from medical evacuation – with supporting documents
  • Accompanying person returning from a medical evacuation – with supporting documents
  • Flight attendants and health professionals, residing in French Polynesia, traveling for their professional activity with a stopover outside of Tahiti less than or equal to 7 days.

Travelers will have to pay this fee online when they apply on the www.etis.pf platform.


UPON ARRIVAL

RT-PCR SELF-TEST UPON ARRIVAL:

In view of the extremely low number of tourists found to be positive upon arrival (2 per 1000 passengers), the traveler screening process is modified as follows as of Thursday, August 12th:

  • All travelers must undergo an RT-PCR self-test upon arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • A self-test kit with instructions will be given to them upon disembarking. The test can be performed under the supervision of a health professional in a dedicated area at the airport from 5 am and 10 am. Outside of these opening hours, travelers can leave their test at their hotel reception in Tahiti and Moorea or directly in one of the drop-off locations.

DURING YOUR STAY

HEALTH RESTRICTIONS:

Applicable in The Islands of Tahiti from August 23rd to September 19th, 2021

To control the health situation in French Polynesia, the High-Commissioner and the President of the Government announced the new measures and restrictions  as follows:

  • Curfew from 8 pm to 4 am on all over the territory
  • Lockdown every day in the Society Islands including Bora Bora
  • Proof of vaccination or a negative test is required to travel to the islands
  • Cruises suspended in French Polynesia

The Islands of Tahiti’s borders are still open and commercial flights will continue to operate. As such tourists are welcome to travel to our islands as long as they comply with the existing entry protocol and the new measures in place in some areas of the territory. For the moment the flight programs of international and domestic airlines remain unchanged.

International Tourists in the Society Islands between Monday, August 23 and Sunday, September 19, 2021, may:

  • travel to and from the airport or the ferry terminal (with the travel authorization available on the High Commission’s website).
  • enjoy freely their place of lodging as long as they stay within the property. Activities respecting current health measures are allowed within tourist accommodation. Activities in a designated area in the lagoon in front of tourist accommodation (beach, snorkeling, swimming, paddle boarding, etc.) are permitted.
  • leave their accommodation for professional or health reasons or for essential goods purchases (with the travel authorization available on the High Commission’s website).

 

ANTIGENIC TESTS AT DEPARTURE FROM TAHITI:

For passengers departing to the United States requiring a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding, the test center at the Faa’a international airport is opened. The center is open on days when flights to the US are scheduled from 3 PM until 8 PM.


The updated entry and stay conditions are available below and also published on the Tahiti Tourism website and are subject to modifications.
See the entire protocol below.
French Polynesia entry and stay conditions
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