Coronavirus COVID-19 - Travel Information

Papeete, June 13th, 2022

– IMPORTANT UPDATE –

In response to improving health conditions, the State and local authorities have further eased the requirements of entry into French Polynesia. See the official decree.

 

FOR TRAVELERS WITH A STOPOVER OR TRANSIT IN THE UNITED STATES

ALL TRAVELERS: Tests are no longer required in the United States

As of June 12, 2022, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will no longer require air passengers (vaccinated or not) traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.

However, French Polynesia requires that unvaccinated travelers over 12 years of age coming from a country classified in green or orange zone and going to French Polynesia still need to perform an RT-PCR test less than 72 hours or an antigen test in less than 48 hours prior to departure.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS: declaration of compelling reasons no longer required (except in the orange zone)

  • The declaration of compelling reasons will be removed for travelers aged 12 years and older who are unvaccinated or who have an incomplete vaccination schedule.
  • Minors under 12 years of age are also exempt from declaring a compelling reason.
  • However, unvaccinated travelers traveling between French Polynesia and countries classified in the orange zone (in both directions) are still subject to a declaration of compelling reasons controlled by the airlines company upon boarding.

 

FOR TRAVELERS DEPARTING FROM HONOLULU, LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO, SEATTLE, NOUMEA AND AUCKLAND TO FRENCH POLYNESIA

VACCINATED TRAVELERS: Tests are no longer required

  • Individuals with a completed vaccination schedule are now exempt from the requirement to take an antigen or RT-PCR test prior to arrival.
  • Important: When the traveler is over 18 years old, in order for the vaccination schedule to be recognized as complete beyond 9 months, he must have received an additional dose (booster). In other words, when a traveler has completed a full vaccination (1 dose Janssen or 2 doses Pfizer / Moderna / Astrazeneca ), he will have to receive a booster shot before traveling to French Polynesia if his last dose is 9 months old or more. Only a booster is required, it is not needed to redo a complete vaccination process even if this 9 months deadline is exceeded.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS: Tests are maintained and the declaration of compelling reasons no longer required (except in the orange zone)

  • Unvaccinated travelers over 12 years of age coming from a country classified in green or orange zone and going to French Polynesia will have to perform an RT-PCR test less than 72 hours or an antigen test in less than 48 hours prior to departure.
  • The declaration of compelling reasons will be removed for travelers aged 12 years and older who are unvaccinated or who have an incomplete vaccination schedule.
  • Minors under 12 years of age are also exempt from declaring a compelling reason and from testing under French regulations.
  • However, unvaccinated travelers traveling between French Polynesia and countries classified in the orange zone (in both directions) are still subject to a declaration of compelling reasons controlled by the airlines company upon boarding.

REMINDER: On departure from French Polynesia, travelers must comply with their country’s entry restrictions and be tested in some cases.


Entry and stay conditions in The Islands of Tahiti

What are the vaccines authorized by French Polynesia? 

  • Travelers who have received:
    – Pfizer-BioNTech from Cominarty: 2 injections
    –  Moderna from Spikevax: 2 injections
    – AstraZeneca from Vaxzevria: 2 injections
    –  Nuvaxovid from Novavax : 2 injections
    – Covishield/R-Covi/Fiocruz: 2 injections
    – Johnson & Johnson from Janssen : 1 injection
    A mix of these authorized vaccines is also accepted.
  • For Sinopharm and Sinovrac vaccines, give two injections of the vaccine + one booster of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna
  • People who have received one or two doses of an unrecognized vaccine will need to receive two doses of  Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna to complete their vaccination status. Among the vaccines targeted is the Sputnik V.

COVID-19 RECOVERY CERTIFICATE

The recovery certificate is only recognized when the traveler comes from the European Union.

REFUND OF TRAVELLERS CONTRIBUTION TO THE HEALTH SURVEILLANCE FEE

Travellers arriving in French Polynesia from Monday 28 March 2022, who have registered on the ETIS platform and have paid their fixed contribution to the health surveillance fees, may apply to “Service du Tourisme” to request reimbursement. This request can be made by email ([email protected]) or by post (Service du Tourisme BP 4527- 98713 Papeete TAHITI French Polynesia).

Travellers requesting a refund are requested to attach their receipted invoice (downloadable from the “manage my file” tab or from the ETIS claim receipt email) and the flight information provided by the traveller’s airline (or travel agency) to the claim.

For any other questions regarding their ETIS application, please write to [email protected]

Consult the map of the French classification of countries on the sanitary base HERE.

 Protocol for entry and stay in The Islands of Tahiti from Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Nouméa and Auckland.

You can consult and download the protocol by clicking on the link above. These new formalities are likely to change in the coming weeks.

Protocol for entry and stay in The Islands of Tahiti with stopover or transit in the United States.

You can consult and download the protocol by clicking on the link above. These new formalities are likely to change in the coming weeks.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
– Entry conditions –


Conditions of movements within The Islands of Tahiti 

Wearing a mask is no longer be mandatory in public transport (airplanes, buses, boats) as well as in places open to the public, in establishments or for practicing activities.

Wearing a mask is still be required in health care facilities.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
– Movement conditions  –


Conditions of departure from The Islands of Tahiti

  • Covid-19 tests on departure from Tahiti.

Opening hours of the testing center at Tahiti Faa’a International Airport and at the (ILM) Fare Covid (antigenic tests and RT-PCR tests):

List of Drugstores performing Covid-19 antigen tests and providing certificates of results

 


Information cell

INFORMATION CELL TO ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS

  • If you are a non-resident visitor,
    • Call (689) 40.50.57.70 (Tahiti Tourisme)
    • Opening hours: from 8am to 4pm, 7 days a week
    • By email : [email protected]
  • For information on international flights, contact your international airline.
  • For information about your accommodation, contact your hotel.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  •  Since the reopening of the borders on July 15, 2020, The Islands of Tahiti have applied a common policy of canceling and modification to allow travelers to make reservations in full confidence

    The common policy and the list of members

    • Travelers: 
      • Wearing a mask is mandatory (from the age of 11 years old) in establishments open to the public, public transport, gatherings. It will no longer be mandatory outdoors.
      • Respecting prevention measures at all times and in all places;
      • In case of a change of itinerary, travelers should update the “itinerary” part of their file on the Etis.pf website;
      • Self-diagnosis of visitors: in case of doubt on the traveler’s state of health (fever and/or flu symptoms), they are required to contact the reception of their accommodations and/or call directly to (+689) 40 455 000. If they feel any sign of distress, they should dial “15” (emergency services);
      • Depending on the diagnosis made by the Health Authorities, follow their instructions which may include isolation measures and / or carrying out an additional RT-PCR test.
    • Recommendations before traveling to the islands :

      It is also essential that, upon arrival in French Polynesia, these persons apply as strictly as possible the barrier measures: physical distancing and wearing of masks, the negative result of the RT-PCR test done before boarding not being an absolute assurance of not being a carrier of the virus or developing the disease later. The same applies to any resident returning from a trip who must respect these same measures.

      • Local tourism professionals :

      Consult the Covid-19 procedures and recommendations guide for local tourism professionals:


  • If you have already booked your stay in The Islands Of Tahiti, we recommend that you consult the website of your airline company:

  • Consult the website of your cruise company:

  • More information on the website of the Polynesian Directorate of Maritime Affairs.

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  • 03/07/2020 – Communiqué de presse – Politique commune d’annulation et de modification de séjour résultant de la pandémie Covid-19