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. As announced by the President of French Polynesia, travelers from the United States complying with new Entry Requirements will be welcome. Our clients aboard the first flight back to Tahiti have reported that everything went very smoothly.
A “Gradual” Reopening
The authorities in France have made it clear that this is a “gradual” reopening. Only travelers from the United States can visit for now. To qualify, you must have resided in the United States for at least 30 days before departure. International travel from other countries remains restricted.
We have summarized the new Entry Protocols for your convenience. These entry protocols have been evolving all week. We have just updated them as of April 30, 2021. Please see our post titled, “Tahiti | COVID-19” Entry Requirements”.
Only Vaccinated or Immunized Travelers Welcome
For now, only vaccinated or immunized travelers can enter without restrictions. The CDC card obtained after full vaccination is adequate proof.
Proving immunity has just become less complicated. Travelers just need to present a positive result on a COVID-19 Antibody test. This test must be taken between 15 days and 30 days before departure.
Only children under 6 years old are exempt from the vaccine or immunity requirement. Visitors who are not vaccinated or immune must quarantine for 10 days in Tahiti upon arrival.
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.
Impact on Families with Children
Please keep in mind this is a gradual reopening process. We understand the impact these requirements have on families with children. We expect these requirements to soften or adapt over time.
We are here to help you reschedule for future dates, if required.
The Venture Tahiti Pre-Flight Checklist
All of the new 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 Commission 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.
Requirements Still Being Refined
Late last night, Tahiti Tourisme released another updated infographic to help clarify these new regulations. Many questions have been addressed in the past two weeks. However, as these requirements are new and still evolving, questions may still remain.
Venture Tahiti is working directly with Tahiti Tourisme to address specific scenarios. 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 Tahitian government feels confident they will can reopen safely, once again.
It is important to note that the country of France mandated the current travel restrictions and entry protocols. The reported COVID-19 situation in France and Europe undoubtedly influenced these policies. France continues to be extremely cautious.
The current border closure began on February 3, 2021. In the preceding months, French Polynesia safely welcomed tens of thousands of tourists. The current travel restriction has been very difficult on Tahiti and her people.
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.
The Venture Tahiti Team