Temporary Health and Safety Enhancements Have Ended
As of September 20, 2021, the temporary COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place have ended. There is a lighter, modified version in place that, we believe, should not be very noticeable to tourists.
Remaining Temporary Health and Safety Protocols
In an effort to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 among the islands, the High Commissioner and President of French Polynesia recently announced a lighter, temporary restriction on the Society Islands (Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Taha'a, Tetiaroa, and Huahine) and a continued curfew for all of French Polynesia.
From September 20th, all of French Polynesia will remain under an evening curfew (guests must be back at their resorts by 8pm). For the Society Islands, listed above, guests will be restricted to their resorts on Saturday afternoon and on Sundays (from 2pm Saturday to 4am Monday).
As most shops, restaurants, excursions and other activities on Tahiti and Moorea are usually closed on Sundays, we do not anticipate this will have a major impact on a visit to the islands.
Travelers will continue to be able to travel between islands (and reserved accommodations) as confirmed on their travel itineraries even on Saturdays and Sundays. However, guests on the islands mentioned above will need to stay on resort property during these hours.
When traveling between islands on for previously confirmed inter-island flights or accommodations, visitors will need a special travel authorization from the High Commissioner's website. Travelers will also need to show their Vaccination Cards prior to inter-island travel.
Resort services, beaches, and pools will remain available for the guest to enjoy, unless specifically stated otherwise. You can access the full Press Release from Tahiti Tourisme through this link.
Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions published by Tahiti Tourisme regarding these temporary restrictions.
If you are a Venture Tahiti client, your Tahiti Specialist will inform you of any restrictions that may impact your stay. Please feel free to contact us for additional information.
Entry Procedures Streamlined
Tahiti Tourisme has just announced a few changes to the Entry Protocols for Tahiti that make the process a little easier on travelers.
- Proof of Vaccination - As of August 10th, travelers no longer have to "upload" images of their CDC cards during their online registration (ETIS) or submit the "Health Request/ Demand". They will simply show their CDC Vaccination Cards prior to departure from the United States, as well as upon arrival in Tahiti.
- COVID-19 Arrival Test - The rapid test administered upon arrival in Tahiti has caused some bottlenecks and impacted travelers trying to connect to other islands. As a result (and due to the fact that their have been very few positive results) travelers will be able to pick up a self test kit and quickly test themselves and drop off the completed kit, avoiding the long-wait.
- ETIS Registration Fees - Upon receiving travel clearance via email from the online registration system (prior to departure), travelers will be asked to follow a link to an online payment portal and pay a fee for the increased Health and Safety testing and monitoring efforts. The fee is 5,000 XPF, or approximately $50 USD per person.
Other Recent Entry Protocol Changes
As of August 11th, an overnight curfew on the islands of Moorea and Tahiti from 9pm to 4am local time. As well as restrictions for Sunday.
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.
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.
The Venture Tahiti Team