COVID-19 Travel Resources

At Venture Tahiti, we are committed to providing the most helpful Tahiti Travel Planning Tools and Resources on the web. Below, you will find comprehensive, real-time information related to traveling to Bora Bora and The Islands of Tahiti during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

COVID-19 Tahiti Travel Update

As of June 28, 2021

Dear Traveler,

Several Entry Protocol Changes Announced

On June 25th, Tahiti began accepting a specific type of Antigen test (as an alternative to the RT-PCR test). The Antigen test MUST allow for the detection of the "N" protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Unlike the RT-PCR test which must be taken within 3 days of departure, the Antigen test must be taken within 48 hours of departure.

On June 10th, as the next phase of French Polynesia's "Gradual Reopening" process, Tahiti Tourisme announced several major changes to the current entry protocols.

These changes bring good news and streamlined procedures for vaccinated travelers, non-US travelers, and families traveling with children.

However, for those planning on traveling to Tahiti with natural immunity (antibodies) from a previous Coronavirus infection, this is not welcome news at all. After June 16th, travelers with natural immunity will no longer be allowed to enter without restrictions.

Continue reading for the highlights of the new announcement. For additional detail, we have updated our article titled, “Tahiti | COVID-19” Entry Requirements”. We have also updated our popular "Venture Tahiti Pre-Flight Checklist". Please let us know if you would like access to the latest version.

Tahiti Officially Reopened to Tourism on May 1st

The temporary travel restriction for Bora Bora and The Islands of Tahiti ended on April 30, 2021. Since that time, dozens of happy Venture Tahiti clients have finally been able to take their long-awaited vacations and honeymoons. Some of these trips have been years in the making.

A “Gradual” Reopening

The authorities in France have made it clear that this is a “gradual” reopening. It appears we are now entering Phase II of this process. This new milestone allows travelers from other countries (not just the USA) to travel to Tahiti.

Vaccinated travelers that have resided for at least 15 days prior to departure in one of the following countries are now allowed to visit Bora Bora and The Islands of Tahiti:

  • United States of America,
  • France and French Territories (excluding Guyana),
  • United Kingdom, and
  • "Green Zone" countries (currently listed as Canada, the European area, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, and Singapore)

Prior to June 9th, only travelers who had resided in the US for 30 days prior to departure were allowed. This opens the door to many more travelers. International travel from countries not on the list remains restricted and requires a 10-day quarantine.

We have summarized the new entry protocols for your convenience. These procedures have evolved substantially over the past month. We have just updated them again as of June 11, 2021. Please see our post titled, “Tahiti | COVID-19” Entry Requirements”. Also, bookmark this page for real-time updates when they happen.

Only Vaccinated Travelers Welcome

After June 16, 2021, only vaccinated travelers (and their unvaccinated children) will be able to enter without restrictions. The CDC card obtained after full vaccination (or the EU equivalent) is adequate proof. Please see our full Entry Requirements article for more information and descriptions of the required online forms.

Travelers with natural immunity from prior COVID-19 infections will not be allowed to visit without restrictions after June 16th. Currently, these "immune" travelers had to demonstrate that they had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last six months and possessed antibodies. We have had clients travel under this provision and view the elimination of this allowance as a major step backward. The reported COVID-19 situation in France and Europe undoubtedly influenced these policies. France continues to be extremely cautious.

Families with Children

The good news is that unvaccinated children can now travel without restriction, as long as they are accompanied by vaccinated parents or guardians. We were able to surprise some very happy clients with this good news this morning. They are thrilled they will be able to take their summer vacations after all.

Prior Entry Procedures Remain in Place

Every traveler over the age of 11, must test negative on a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within three days of travel. The authorities also added an antigen test upon arrival for an extra measure of safety against COVID-19.

Masking and Social Distancing remain in place, as well. Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Protocols section for more information.

Also, several hotels and resorts in Tahiti have provided detailed, enhanced sanitation procedures. You are welcome to download these materials from the Resort Health and Safety section below.

The Venture Tahiti Pre-Flight Checklist

All of these new and everchanging requirements may seem daunting at first. But, we are here to help. Our Tahiti Specialists have been working hard to simplify and organize everything for you.

We have combined the requirements published by Tahiti Tourisme, Air Tahiti Nui, the High Commissioner of French Polynesia, Los Angeles County, and the CDC, into a one-page document named, The Venture Tahiti Pre-Flight Checklist. The checklist also contains supporting information, links, and explanations to simplify each of the new protocols and procedures.

Our checklist is available to all Venture Tahiti clients. For a limited time, we are also making the checklist available to subscribers on our newsletter mailing list. Please click here to request a copy of our new Pre-Flight Checklist.

Updated Infographic

Tahiti Tourisme has released another updated infographic to help clarify these new regulations and the recent changes.  

Venture Tahiti continues to work directly with Tahiti Tourisme to address specific scenarios as they arise. Please contact your Tahiti Travel Specialist with any questions specific to your situation.

Our new Coronavirus Travel News section contains more information on these travel restrictions. We also update our Frequently Asked Questions section on a regular basis.

COVID-19 Remains Low in Bora Bora and The Islands of Tahiti

Tahiti has managed the COVID-19 crisis very well. Coronavirus cases in the islands remain very low and are trending lower each month.

The CDC and the US State Department have validated these efforts by recently lowering travel risk assessment for French Polynesia to "Level I - COVID-19 Low" and "Level I - Exercise Normal Precautions", respectively.  

Book with Confidence

Please let us know if you believe these new entry protocols will impact your upcoming trip. We designed our new Book with Confidence! policy to protect you in situations like these. The policy, described in detail below, allows you to apply 100% of your prior payments to new travel dates. We will be glad to help you reschedule your trip once you have new dates in mind.

For More Information

Please scroll down for more Coronavirus Travel News. We constantly add new articles related to Bora Bora, The Islands of Tahiti, and international travel. You may also find our Packing Considerations for travel in the time of COVID-19 very helpful.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions. Our team of Certified Tahiti Specialists is always happy to help.

Kind regards,

The Venture Tahiti Team
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to buy travel insurance to go to Tahiti?

At the time of this writing, French Polynesia requires that you comply with one of the following:
1) Purchase Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 medical expenses; or
2) Personally assume ALL expenses related to the cost of your healthcare including potential hospitalization, quarantine, or medical evacuation/ repatriation, should you fall ill during your stay in the Islands.

Although you are presented with a choice, Venture Tahiti strongly recommends that you do purchase an independent insurance policy. Please see our Tahiti Travel Tip entitled, "Should I Buy Insurance" for more information or click this link to sort, compare, and purchase travel insurance from multiple providers.

Will I need a COVID-19 test to travel to Tahiti?

Yes, the entry requirements for French Polynesia, as of the date above, require proof of a negative COVID-19 test carried out within three days prior to your international departure. Even if you are fully-vaccinated. In addition, you will be tested upon arrival under the new entry protocols.

As June 25th, Tahiti began accepting a specific type of Antigen test (as an alternative to the RT-PCR test they have been accepting since July 2020). The Antigen test MUST allow for the detection of the "N" protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Unlike the RT-PCR test which must be taken within 3 days of departure, the Antigen test must be taken within 48 hours of departure.  

You will also be required to carry out a self test on the fourth day of your stay. Please see our Tahiti | COVID-19 Entry Requirements and Tahiti | COVID-19 Self Test Instructions articles located below in our COVID-19 Travel Protocols section for more details including which tests are acceptable, and other entry requirements.

Where can I get tested?

You can find a list of testing centers through this website. There are locations across the country, please make sure they offer the "RT-PCR" test or an Antigen test which allows for detection of the "N" protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

A list of acceptable RT-PCR tests can be found here.

For additional information on testing centers, please see our Air Tahiti Nui's COVID-19 policies article located below in our COVID-19 Travel Protocols section for more details, including information on the new testing center located at Los Angeles International Airport.

It is the responsibility of the traveler to make sure the test results are available prior to their international flight. Please remember to discuss this with your potential test facility to see if results will be available online or via email to ensure you receive them prior to check-in for your international departure.

When should I get tested?

If you will be taking the newly approved Antigen Test (must detect the "N" protein in the SARS-CoV-2 virus), then your test must occur within 48 hours of your departure.

For the RT-PCR test, your test must be carried out within three days prior to your departure. According to the examples provided by Tahiti Tourisme, the following days are the earliest you could get tested based on which day of the week you will be departing. Any time of day will suffice, regardless of your actual time of departure.

- Sunday Departure = Preceding Thursday (This is the earliest day you could be tested.)
- Monday Departure = Preceding Friday
- Tuesday Departure = Preceding Saturday
- Wednesday Departure = Preceding Sunday
- Thursday Departure = Preceding Monday
- Friday Departure = Preceding Tuesday
- Saturday Departure = Preceding Wednesday

Please note, if departing early in the week, you will need to verify that the lab actually works over the weekend and results will be available on time. It is the sole responsibility of the traveler to make sure their test results are available in time for their international flight.

For additional information, please see lease see our Tahiti | COVID-19 Entry Requirements page. It is updated on a regular basis.

How do I get tested before returning home?

On January 26, 2021 the CDC announced that all travelers flying to the United States from foreign countries (including US Citizens) will need to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight to the US. Upon this announcement, the government in French Polynesia implemented quick and convenient testing procedures available to all US bound passengers. Testing facilities that comply with US testing requirements have been set up at the Faa'a International Airport in Tahiti, as well as three other sites on the Island of Tahiti and one site on Moorea. It is our expectation that additional sites on different islands will be opened as time goes on.

Your Venture Tahiti Specialist will make sure that your travel itinerary allows for testing at Faa'a International Airport prior to your flight back to the United States, with minimal disruption to your current itinerary. More details are provided below in our COVID-19 Travel Protocols section.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

Venture Tahiti strongly recommends that you purchase a third-party travel insurance policy that protects you in the scenarios covered below. You can compare coverage and pricing and purchase a policy through this link.

Prior to Leaving the United States:
If you are unable to travel to Tahiti because you tested positive for COVID-19 prior to departure, you will be able to apply 100% of your payments toward new travel dates. Venture Tahiti will work with your airline and resorts to reschedule your trip once new dates have been selected.

During Your Stay:
If you test positive during your stay, you will be put in contact with the Health Monitoring Bureau and Ministry of Tourism. They will assist you with a mandatory 10 day quarantine from the date of your positive test.  

If you require medical assistance, you will be transferred to the nearest hospital. If you are asymptomatic or only have mild symptoms, you can stay at your reserved hotel if health conditions permit. Otherwise, you will be transferred back to Tahiti and placed in a dedicated accommodation (most likely a villa rental or a designated hotel) at your expense, if not covered by an insurance policy.

Prior to Returning to the US: If you test positive prior to departing Tahiti at the end of your stay, after taking the required self-test, you will be expected to quarantine for 10 days as described above, at your own expense, if not covered by an insurance policy.

Will I need the vaccine before traveling?

As of June 16, 2021, the High Commissioner and the President of French Polynesia and the authorities in France are mandating that only vaccinated travelers will be allowed to enter French Polynesia without restrictions. All other travelers must quarantine on the Island of Tahiti for 10 days, upon arrival.  

This requirement is part of the gradual reopening protocols. It is subject to change and we do not know how long they will be in place.

If you have already been vaccinated, you will still need to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding your flights to, or from, Tahiti. Please see our detailed Entry Requirements for Tahiti and the United States below.

What if the borders close again for my future travel dates?

If borders are closed for your future travel dates due to COVID-19, your Venture Tahiti Specialist will assist you in rescheduling your trip with new travel dates. Under our Book with Confidence! policy, 100% of your payments will be applied to your amended travel itinerary.

If the borders are closed, can I delay my final payment?

We understand you may be concerned about making a final payment toward your Tahiti vacation or honeymoon if the borders are currently closed. Please contact our Client Services team to inquire about flexibility on your final due date.

If borders remain closed, rest assured that 100% of your payments can be applied to new travel dates under our Book with Confidence! policy, detailed below.

What is it really like traveling to Tahiti right now?

Tahiti reopened to tourists on July 15, 2020. We have sent many happy clients to Tahiti since July, prior to the recent, temporary border closing. Since the second reopening on May 1, 2021, dozens of our clients and colleagues have overwhelmingly provided good feedback mentioning that the new health and safety protocols did not detract from their overall experience. You can read recent feedback in our Client Testimonials section.

Venture Tahiti has also curated a collection of recent articles written by Travel + Leisure and other travel writers about the experience of traveling to French Polynesia during COVID-19. You can find these first-hand accounts in our Tahiti Travel Trends, News & Articles section.

What if I want to cancel or postpone my trip?

Postponing or rescheduling is a more favorable option financially than completely cancelling a trip. If borders are open and the airlines and hotels are operating, we will need to defer to the terms and conditions of the suppliers that were provided at the time of your booking. Many resorts will require a certain amount of advanced notice, but they may also be operating under special conditions with more flexible rules.

Assuming borders are closed or adequate advanced notice has been given (usually 30 days), your prior payments and pre-purchased airfare are held as credits to be applied to your new travel dates, once dates have been selected and new reservations have been confirmed. You can read more about this under our Book with Confidence! policy,

If you have booked through Venture Tahiti, we will work with your resorts and airline to reschedule your itinerary for you. You would not have to select your dates immediately.

Should you prefer to cancel in full, Venture Tahiti will work with the resorts and airlines to cancel your reservations and request any available refunds. We will also work with your suppliers to preserve any credits associated with your non-refundable airfare, insurance policy premiums and non-refundable deposit.  

Where can I find more information?

Below you will find a collection of comprehensive resources concerning many COVID-19 related travel topics including recent news articles on the subject. In addition, we recommend checking your airline’s website as well as Tahiti Tourisme.

Importantly, prior to any international travel, we always recommend visiting the State Department travel website for safety information related to your travel plans. For medical and health information, we recommend visiting the Centers for Disease Control website as well as consulting with your family physician.  

If you have specific questions related to Tahiti travel and would like to speak to a Certified Tahiti Travel Specialist, feel free to schedule a call below. This is complimentary for Venture Tahiti clients.

If you have booked elsewhere, or on your own, we still welcome your questions. However, a small advisory fee will apply.

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Venture Tahiti's "Pre-Flight Checklist"
As we resume safe travels to Bora Bora and Tahiti, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the new Entry Requirements. Thankfully, the Tahiti Travel Specialists at Venture Tahiti have been working hand-in-hand with Tahiti Tourisme to simplify and organize everything for you. We have combined the all of the new entry requirements published by Tahiti Tourisme, Air Tahiti Nui, the High Commission of French Polynesia, Los Angeles County, and the United States CDC, into a one-page, easy to follow, document named, The Venture Tahiti Pre-Flight Checklist.
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Tahiti | COVID-19 Entry Requirements
Our Tahiti Specialists have compiled a summary of the entry requirements published for travel to French Polynesia. These protocols were in place prior to the current travel restriction imposed on February 3, 2021 and are accurate as of the date above. We expect these procedures to continue upon Tahiti's expected reopening on May 1, 2021. However, additional guidance by the French Polynesian government specific to the reopening in May is forthcoming. Please check back with us for updated guidance once it is released.
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Venture Tahiti's "Book with Confidence!" Policy
As the world adapts to travel in the time of COVID-19, we understand that your departure dates may need to change. So, Venture Tahiti has introduced a new “Book with Confidence!” policy, which includes one FREE date change. With our new, more flexible booking policy, you can plan your future travel with complete peace of mind.
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Air Tahiti Nui | COVID-19 Policies & Protocols
Air Tahiti Nui has adopted the updated Entry Protocols for both French Polynesia and the United States of America. For the convenience of our clients and fellow travelers, Venture Tahiti has provided a detailed overview of the new Entry Requirements for each country. As a passenger on Air Tahiti Nui, you will be required to adhere to these new protocols, which include mandatory COVID-19 tests prior to each flight. We encourage you to read and become familiar with the following summaries, as well as the corresponding source materials.
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French Polynesia | Health and Safety Protocols
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Tahiti | COVID-19 Self Test Instructions
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United States | COVID-19 Entry Requirements
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Venture Tahiti has been quoted in a recent Forbes Magazine article by Senior Contributor, Christopher Elliot. We have included an excerpt inside. "This Is How To Stay Safe When You Travel After The Pandemic"‍ - "A lot of people who want to stay safe while traveling during the coronavirus pandemic use other criteria to choose their destination — exciting, fun, or cheap. Mostly, cheap. That's a mistake, says Keith Smith, managing director of Venture Tahiti." A great way for travelers to stay safe as they begin traveling again is to be thoughtful and selective about their early destination choices," he told me. "I recommend traveling to destinations that have purpose-built health and safety protocols designed specifically for the resumption of incoming tourism." These protocols consider vaccinated or immune travelers and travelers complying with disciplined testing and entry requirements. If your intended destination has them, you can feel safer. Smith says places like Tahiti have been at the forefront of these purpose-built health and safety protocols, which allows visitors to not just feel safer, but to be safer."
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Tahiti Tourisme Infographic Clarifies Entry Protocols
New Entry Procedures for French Polynesia have raised many questions over the last week. To help clarify these new requirements, Tahiti Tourisme has released, and subsequently updated, an Infographic PDF. As this information is still being refined, we have linked to the source document on Tahiti Tourisme's website below. Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Resources page for more detailed information on the specific requirements and testing protocols. If you are a Venture Tahiti client and are unable to comply with the new protocols before your travel dates arrive, please contact your Tahiti Specialist to reschedule under our Book with Confidence policy.
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Venture Tahiti Releases COVID-19 Travel Guide
The Tahiti Travel Specialists at Venture Tahiti have recently introduced a comprehensive online guide providing resources for travel during the pandemic. In our COVID-19 Travel Resources, you will find a real-time COVID-19 travel update, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, new COVID-19 travel protocols introduced by the United States, French Polynesia and the airlines, and recent news articles related to international travel during the pandemic. You can also find suggestions on what to take with you as well as many health and safety protocols introduced by the hotels and resorts in Tahiti.
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French Polynesia Approves Antigen Test
The government of French Polynesia has just announced that they will accept a specific type of Antigen Test as an alternative to the RT-PCR test for entry into Tahiti. The RT-PCR test has been in place since July 2020. As mentioned in our French Polynesia COVID-19 Entry Protocols, the Antigen test must detect the "N" protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This test should prove to be more widely available, be less expensive, and produce faster results.‍
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New Entry Requirements Announced for May 1st Reopening
The new Entry Requirements have finally been announced for Tahiti's May 1st reopening. The cautious French Government, undoubtedly influenced by the level of infection in Europe, has announced that travel to French Polynesia can commence for fully vaccinated, or immunized, visitors from the United States only. Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Resources page for more detailed information on the specific requirements and testing protocols. The link below also provides more insight as published by the news site "Tahiti Infos". The content is in French, but Google Translate is available. If you are a Venture Tahiti client and are unable to comply with the new protocols before your travel dates arrive, please contact your Tahiti Specialist to reschedule under our Book with Confidence policy.
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Tahiti Tourisme Answers Questions on New Travel Requirements
For more details, click for a link to the source article.
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Air Tahiti Nui Issues Updated COVID-19 Policies & Protocols
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Tahiti Tourisme's Kristin Carlson | Reopening Q&A
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United Airlines' Travel-Ready Center
United Airlines streamlines boarding process for its San Francisco to Tahiti flights by integrating the new Entry Requirements into their "Travel Ready Center". Click the link below to view the Travel Ready Center on UA's website. This does not eliminate the need to complete the Tahitian government's online forms. But, it does streamline things, add some peace of mind, and allow you to check-in from another domestic US airport.
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We really enjoyed arriving in Tahiti and having everything taken care of. I always wanted to arrive at the airport and have someone holding a sign with my name on it. 😁 Also wanted to share with you there were other people using travel agents and they Did Not get the treatment we got. With that being said Thank you and your company for taking such good care of us.

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