French Polynesia Eases Entry Requirements (again)!
As of May 18, 2022, things are beginning to feel a lot more "normal". Good news for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers was announced by the French Government.
For Travelers from the United States, here are the highlights:
- Vaccinated Travelers - No more pre-departure testing or online forms for vaccinated travelers. Just bring proof of a complete vaccinated schedule... That's it. See below to see if you might need a booster, though.
- Unvaccinated Travelers - It's time to get back in the game. Travelers that are not vaccinated or not currently "fully-vaccinated" (see below) are now welcome to travel to Bora Bora and the Islands of Tahiti as a tourist (with no quarantine)! You simply need to take a pre-departure test for COVID-19. See below or our FAQs for more information on testing.
COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated US Travelers (and Non-US Travelers)
Unvaccinated US travelers (and both vaccinated and unvaccinated non-US travelers) are able to take a single Antigen Test within 48 hours prior to their flight to Tahiti.
Or, if they prefer, travelers can take an RT-PCR Test within 72 hours prior to their flight to Tahiti. Please note, this must be an "RT-PCR" test. The Antigen Test within 48 hours should prove to be the easier and more widely-available choice.
Please click the following links for more information on same-day testing at the international airports in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Please continue reading for information on the types of acceptable tests.
Important Update - If You are Vaccinated, You May Need a Booster Shot to Enter French Polynesia without testing
Travelers are considered Fully-Vaccinated for up to 9 months after completing their initial vaccination regimen. After 9 months, an additional dose or "Booster Shot" will be required.
If you have been vaccinated, but don't plan to get a booster, don't worry. You just have to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test before departing the United States.
In summary, if your travel dates are more than 9 months AFTER your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or your single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, you will not be considered "fully-vaccinated" without a booster shot.
Complete Guide to Entry Procedures
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.
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.
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