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.
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.
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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The President of French Polynesia has announced that Tahiti will reopen on May 1st. After discussions with Emmanuel Macron, President of France, the table is set to reopen based on new Entry Protocols that are forthcoming. "We are going to put in place a protocol at the entry of our borders using virological testing, serological testing, vaccine and ETIS (Electronic Travel Information System). We will explain this protocol in detail with the High Commissioner in the coming days”. - Edouard Fritch, President of French Polynesia
A press conference was held by the President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, and the High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia to reconfirm that The Islands of Tahiti are still on track to resume tourism on May 1st.Tahiti will only allow tourists from the United States for now as France and other European countries are currently exhibiting "High Epidemic Risk." Tahiti Tourisme has not released the new Entry Protocols, yet. But, they are said to be released very soon. There is an indication that vaccinations and/or immunizations will be taken into account in the new procedures. Stay tuned and we will provide an update as soon as more details are released.
In response to the new regulations, requirements and entry protocols updated and clarified by the authorities in French Polynesia on April 22, 2021, Air Tahiti Nui has updated the guidance provided on their website. We have provided a helpful updated summary of Air Tahiti Nui's policies in our Tahiti Travel Tip called, "Air Tahiti Nui | COVID-19 Policies & Protocols". It is also found in our COVID-19 Travel Resources section. Air Tahiti Nui's source documents can be found through the link above or below.
You may not be ready to travel, but you should be ready to book your future trip to take advantage of the current special offers in the marketplace. Bloomberg travel writer explores destinations exhibiting extraordinary value, including Bora Bora.
Tahiti Tourisme's CEO, Jean-Marc Mocellin issued a statement that borders will remain closed through April, but with the intent to reopen to tourism on May 1st. Tahiti continues its positive trends of reducing COVID-19 numbers within its borders and looks forward to welcoming back tourism very soon.
On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, after meetings with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, the President of Tahiti has announced that Macron does indeed approve of Tahiti reopening its borders on May 1, 2021. Macron is satisfied with how French Polynesia has managed the COVID-19 crisis. More details on Entry Protocols to follow.
You don't have to be independently wealthy and buy out a private island resort to experience "private travel". Now more than ever, private travel moments are becoming more accessible and more popular among travelers. From airport lounge access to private tours to private airport transfers, the luxury of private travel is within reach. Feel free to ask your Venture Tahiti Specialist about ways to enhance your trip with more private experiences that won't break the bank.
Travel insurance policies are adapting to the new world of travel protocols, including COVID-19 testing and potential quarantine. AIG has introduced a new optional rider that would cover the accommodations expense incurred should you test positive for Coronavirus prior to returning to the United States. We encourage you to carefully consider the inclusions and coverage of several insurance offerings prior to making a decision on which policy to buy. Yonder Insurance makes it very easy to compare and contrast the policies and pricing of major carriers.
Conde Nast explains why a good Travel Specialist is more important now than ever before. (We happen to agree.)
Given discussions held between French Polynesian leaders and their French counterparts, Tourisme Tahiti expects current border closure, enacted on February 3, 2021, to be "very temporary". Eduoard Fritch, the President of French Polynesia, strenuously requested that the temporary closure of Tahiti be no more than three months in duration. Tahiti has seen much improvement in their COVID trends. However, leaders of France mandated the closure for all of its overseas territories due to fear of new COVID variants they were already seeing in Europe. French Polynesia's economy, and it people, depend on tourism. A closure of more than 2 or 3 months would be a devastating and avoidable mistake. Expectations are that the borders will be open for travel in April or May.
We wouldn't be in this business if we didn't enjoy helping dreams come true. Travel + Leisure features staying in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora (specifically, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort) as one of their top 5 bucket list dream trips. Your dreams can come true and we'd be glad to help.
Bora Bora is consistently regarded as one of the top Honeymoon destinations in the world. Salon Prive Magazine includes Bora Bora at the top of their list of 11 destinations.
Millions of Americans plan to get revenge on this horrible pandemic by taking amazing trips and getting back to enjoying life over the next few years. Bora Bora is among the top 10 destinations trending for the first post-pandemic trip.
For the latest from Air Tahiti Nui on the recent February 3, 2021 border closure and how it may affect your travel plans, please see the link inside. With the recent suspension of leisure travel, Air Tahiti Nui has a dedicated web page to provide travelers with the latest information. From conditions of entry to rebooking options, you will find everything you need to know related to flights scheduled for February or March.
Airgo Design has a new interior configuration for those long-haul flights to Tahiti. Lay-flat seats, in-flight entertainment, coolers, and more. If you are prepping your Private Jet for a long-haul flight to French Polynesia, you might want to upgrade your interior with this new configuration. Every seat on board converts to a lay-flat bed. You will definitely arrive well restedand ready to enjoy Bora Bora!
You may already be hearing a lot about the potential of Vaccine Passport Requirements. 30 airlines are already testing one version of one. Okay, we know this is a controversial subject. But, it isn’t going away. Some advocates for digital health passports are in the camp of safety first. Others don’t care as long as they can travel again. Still others have grave concerns about government overreach and privacy issues, assuming Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t already know everything about you. CNBC gives a solid overview in the attached link.
Four Seasons Bora Bora claims the award for "Best for an Epic Stay" for the fourth year running in AFAR's annual Traveler's Awards. Winning 4 years in a row has inspired Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort's Get a 4th Night Free package. Feel free to contact a Venture Tahiti Specialist for a quote on an Epic package for one of our favorite resorts.
Pent up demand, vaccine rollouts and realigned priorities are resulting in luxury cruises booking up more than a year in advance. Interest in cruises, specifically luxury cruises, is heating up as travelers are ready to hit the open seas again. French Polynesia is always a favorite destination on high end itineraries and deservedly so. BusinessWorld explores this trend as ships are selling out more than 1 year in advance.
Holland America has unveiled its 2022 itineraries featuring the South Pacific. Both the 34 night, "South Pacific Crossing" and the 45 night, "Tales of the South Pacific" make stops in our favorite destination.
To the delight of divers, snorkelers and nature lovers around the world, a first ever "census" count of all the coral in the Pacific Ocean has pleasantly surprised researchers that global extinction risk of certain types of corals is much lower than expected. There are roughly 500 billion corals in the pacific - roughly equal to the number of trees in the Amazon.
The President of Tahiti suggests this latest border closure should only last 2-3 months. Tahiti has seen much improvement in their COVID trends and has implemented excellent protocols and standards for tourism during the pandemic. With this latest border closure being mandated for all French Territories, the President of Tahiti is stressing the importance of keeping this closure to no more than 2-3 months. Tahiti depends on tourism to survive. A closure longer in duration than 2-3 months would have a devastating effect on the nation's economy and citizens. Expectations are that the borders will be open for travel in April or early May.
Recently vaccinated Americans are ready to travel again. However, health officials are not ready to take their feet off the brakes, just yet. The debate continues on proper protocols once vaccinated.
Millions of travelers have been disappointed over the last year due to canceled or postponed trips as a result of the Coronavirus. Adding to the disappointment was the realization that most travel insurance policies did not provide much, or any, coverage if the trip was canceled or delayed due to the pandemic. Thankfully, companies are offering more coverage options with regard to contracting COVID-19, being denied access to flights, or being quarantined. Since the pandemic, Venture Tahiti has expanded the available insurance options that they recommend to clients to help address some of these issues. Our specialists recommend that you compare policies very carefully and fully-understand what is and what is not covered. We recommend using a trusted comparison tool like Yonder to help you gather several quotes and select the best plan for your personal circumstances.
The World Health Organization voiced their opinion that a requirement of a Vaccine Certificate or "Vaccine Passport" is not the best solution at the current time. Many people around the world, including in developed and undeveloped nations do not have access to vaccines just yet, and may not for some time. Requiring a vaccine to travel would discriminate against those without equal access to a vaccine.
Business Traveller magazine's "Cellars in the Sky" has been ranking the best wine selections among airlines for 35 years. Air Tahiti Nui has been awarded the prestigious "Cellars in the Sky" gold medal by Business Traveller. The airline's selection of Grosset Springvale Riesling 2018, Clare Valley, Australia won the Best Business Class White Wine. Business Traveller magazine's "Cellars in the Sky" has been ranking the best wine selections among airlines for 35 years. Click the link below to see the other winners.
Bora Bora is the most popular destination that American's are dreaming about, researching, and planning travel to, during the pandemic. Throughout the crisis, Americans have been longing to return to travel. Recent research by KOALA has used web searches and internet traffic to confirm that American's are indeed planning their next trips already. The top spot among the destinations that American's are dreaming about, researching, and planning travel to is Bora Bora!
It breaks our hearts that so many of our clients have had to postpone their weddings during the pandemic. Our friend and industry colleague, Renata West, decided he would make the most of the situation and get married in Tahiti. Congratulations to him for his recent wedding in Tahiti and featured article in Brides! Details of their Destination Wedding can be found in the link below. Perhaps this can be an inspiration to the many couples whose dreams have been put on hold during the pandemic. A dream wedding can still happen by eloping to Tahiti. Please contact a Venture Tahiti Specialist if you would like to discuss how to make this happen for you!
As of February 3, 2021, Tahiti's borders will be closed again, temporarily. We expect borders to open again after 2-3 months. French Polynesia has been welcoming back guests since July, 2020. As of February 3, 2021, their borders will be closed again, temporarily. Despite Tahiti's progress in combatting the COVID virus, other areas under French rule have not fared so well. As a precaution, the leaders of France have mandated that all French Territories close their borders for a two month period. This is due to concerns in France about new COVID variants and is not correlated to the progress made on the ground in Tahiti. In the months preceding this mandate, Tahiti was trending very positively with decline numbers of cases. The leaders of French Polynesia have been very clear that this closure should not last more than 2-3 months.
Each of these luxury hideaways is equipped to handle the jet-setting elite with their own private airport. Congrats to The Brando for making the list. The Telegraph dives in to a list of the most sumptuous and luxurious resorts in the world narrowing the front-runners down to just eight. Each of these luxury hideaways is equipped to handle the jet-setting elite with their own private airport. If you are in between jets at the moment, never fear. The Brando will pick you up at the main airport in Tahiti in one of their private planes. As always, we believe The Brando deserves every accolade it gets. Please contact a Venture Tahiti Specialist if you would like to arrange a visit to this exclusive paradise.
We are not surprised. Are you? French Polynesia has earned a spot on the list of "safest destinations" to travel during the pandemic. Tahiti and Bora Bora should be on your list of safe destinations to travel to. Their track record for handling COVID-19 and implementing necessary safety protocols for tourists has put them at the top of the list of the safest destinations in the world. Let us know if you'd like to plan a trip to paradise.
French Bee’s no-frills, discounted fares have been a crowd pleaser for a few years now. They are becoming even more efficient with their new Airbus. Now, French Bee has brought more capacity and cheaper fares along the California to Tahiti routes. While we have always been focused on luxury travel to Tahiti, French Bee's Premium Economy has a comfortable cabin, more amenities and does represent a good value. The coach class remains the choice for the die hard frugal travelers who are not dismayed by fewer amenities on an overnight flight. The airline has stepped up their efficiency even more with their latest Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. It now boasts the most efficient passenger plane in operation in terms of "per seat operating costs" with 488 seats (40 of which are premium economy). If you are looking for a great fare and don't mind sharing space with almost 500 other people, look no further. One Mile at a Time explores this new aircraft in more detail in the linked article. As for our team at Venture Tahiti, our recommendation to upgrade to the Premium Economy seats on French Bee remains intact. In this class, you'll find more comfort at a great value.
Are you looking for a luxury Private Estate rental in Bora Bora? The newly refurbished Bora Bora One might be exactly what you need. Five Star Private Estate rentals are few and far between in Tahiti. If you are interested in a private estate, check out the newly refurbished Bora Bora One. If it is booked for your dates of travel, there are still options. The Four Seasons Bora Bora and the St. Regis Bora Bora have their own private estates to offer, too. Of course, the new Residence Teremoana at The Brando is a great option as well. Ask a Venture Tahiti Specialist on the best locations for the ultimate in luxury and privacy. We would be glad to help.
"A cocoon where simplicity is luxury and kindness a way of life." - Nice tribute written by a guest of Le Taha'a. We think it captures the essence of the resort. We hope you enjoy it as well.
COVID-19 has taken down its share of businesses and hotels worldwide. Unfortunately, the InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea is on the list and has closed permanently. Thank you for the memories InterConti Moorea. We will miss you.
Parade has assemble quite an all-star list of places to "Vacay Like the Stars!". The St. Regis Bora Bora ant The Brando make well-deserved appearances on the list.
The CDC has now mandated that all passengers must wear masks on public transportation - Effective Immediately. Most transportation providers were making sure of this already, but now its official.
Lucky number 21... There are plenty of Top 25 lists and Top 10 lists, Conde Nast Traveler has introduced "The 21 Most Romantic Places to Stay in the World" and The Brando made the cut!
As of February 3, 2021, French Polynesia will once again close its borders to temporary. This is a mandate passed down from France and is not indicative of the positive trends that Tahiti has been showing with regard to COVID-19. All French Territories must comply. We have been told this is a very temporary measure and expect borders to reopen by May 1st, if not sooner.
Got the lockdown blues? Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora has announced a nice array of benefits for guests who stay a while. New tiers of benefits are reached with stays of 10, 20 and 30+ nights. We'll take the 30 night plan, please!
Want a behind the scenes look at one of our favorite resorts? The Brando is featured in the BBC's "Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby".
We have been watching the ELYT Charter Floating Villa/ Luxury Solar Powered Houseboat very closely as it has been developed. Deservedly so, it has made its way to Secret Manchester's list of 8 "Seriously Lavish" getaways and it hasn't even opened for business yet. It is set to anchor in the Bora Bora lagoon on August 1, 2021. Let us know if you'd like to make a pre-opening reservation. They are currently offering 30% off.
Leave it to The Points Guy to give a nice synopsis of the new COVID-19 testing requirements prior to returning to the US. Never fear, the government of Tahiti, Tahiti Tourisme, and Air Tahiti Nui have already taken steps to make this very easy on its American visitors as well.
For some people a postcard or a Tahitian Black Pearl is enough. But, for others, and you know who you are, souvenirs have to be over the top. Well, this one lasts for ever (and it looks pretty cool). Our friends onboard The Aranui 5 have you covered.
It wouldn't be the 25 Best Island Beaches in the World without Matira Beach in Bora Bora. Conde Nast Traveler gets it right again. What a great beach!
COVID-19 testing is becoming ubiquitous with international travel. Testing is here to stay, at least for a little while. Now, LAX has made it a bit easier by introducing rapid result PCR testing right at the airport. Results available in 3-5 hours.
The travel writers at Forbes have put together a true bucket list of Outrageous Villas that you must visit when you are able to travel again. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort's exclusive "Royal Estate" made this very special list of only 6 properties. The full article is available through the link.
The CDC has issued new guidance and recommendations for International Travel during COVID-19, including separate recommendations for fully-vaccinated vs. unvaccinated travelers.
Travel + Leisure examines some of the issues surrounding Vaccine Passports. Are they the way of the future?
For current COVID-19 statistics in French Polynesia, including new cases and trends, check back with this link from time to time. Tahiti Tourisme updates it weekly.
Our Tahiti Specialists have summarized relevant information from this link in our Tahiti | COVID-19 Entry Requirements post in our COVID-19 Travel Resources section of this site. For additional information, including travel advisories for French Polynesia, COVID-19 travel restrictions for Bora Bora and the Islands of Tahiti, and entry and stay protocols for the islands, please visit the link below. This link is updated regularly by Tahiti Tourisme and Venture Tahiti has segmented these topics into helpful articles on our COVID-19 Travel Resources page.
In November of 2020, Travel + Leisure put out a nice article titled, "What It's Like to Travel to Bora Bora During the Pandemic, According to an American Who Went". For those of you wondering what the experience may be like with social distancing and new protocols in place, this is a nice piece to read. Please keep in mind this was prior to the new Entry Requirements that will go into effect on May 1, 2021.
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Conde Nast Traveler put out a nice piece, albeit "Pre-COVID", called "The 12 Best Travel Insurance Policies and Why You Need Them". We think the common themes in the article still ring true and all travelers should be well-versed on Travel Insurance. In our Tahiti Travel Tips piece called, "Should I Buy Travel Insurance", we recommend using Yonder Travel Insurance to compare and price major travel insurance policies that best fit your individual needs. It is a great tool and available through this link. Yonder also gives back to the global community. With every travel insurance policy sold, they donate a week of meals to vulnerable children in need in Nepal and Southeast Asia.
We are huge fans of the Four Seasons Bora Bora's recent makeover, especially its enhanced Beachfront Villa Estates. Hospitality.net gives an update on the recent renovation. You can also read a detailed overview and recommendations in our Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora page in our "Best Hotels and Resorts" section of this website.
BRIDES magazine has published a Top Ten List of the Best Fiji and Tahiti Honeymoon Resorts. We think their Tahiti recommendations are spot on for the most part. Please visit our lists of, "The Best Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora" and "The Best Overwater Bungalows in Tahiti", found in our Tahiti Travel Tips section for similar analysis and recommendations. You can see our full list of favorite resorts in Bora Bora and the Islands of Tahiti in our Tahiti & Bora Bora Hotels and Resorts section. If you are interested in learning more about the Fiji resorts mentioned or our view of the top hotels and resorts in The Fiji Islands, visit our sister site, Venture Fiji.
My New Orleans published a nice article featuring a recent honeymoon stay at Le Tikehau and Le Bora Bora sister properties owned by our friends at Pearl Resorts of Tahiti. We agree, French Polynesia is the BEST place to practice social distancing.
CEO World has put together a list of "The Best Honeymoon Destinations From Around The World". Guess where two out of the seven are located?
Le Meridien Bora Bora announced they will be closing for a significant refurbishment project expected to take 18-24 months. While we are sad we won't get to share this wonderful property with clients in the meantime, we can't wait to see the finished product. For more information on Le Meridien, including why we like it so much, visit our dedicated Le Meridien Bora Bora page.
Leave it to Conde Nast to put together a list of "The 30 Best Beaches In The World". We are proud to see Fakarava on the list featuring its white and pink sand beaches. Fakarava is a short flight from the main island of Tahiti if you are thinking of putting together your own list. See the list of our favorite islands on our Islands of Tahiti page.
Le Bora Bora's new solar powered boat is making a big splash. To experience this eco-friendly, sustainable water-craft, book some time at Le Bora Bora by Pearl Resorts. It's one of our favorites and a great value. Check out their current special offers if you need some convincing.
Was your Air Tahiti Nui flight cancelled due to COVID-19? Please click the link below for Air Tahiti Nui's COVID-19 Flight and Rebooking Information. Also visit our COVID-19 Travel Resources page for helpful articles as well.
Need another reason to visit The St. Regis Bora Bora? If you're a Marriott loyalist, The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort has made the list of the "Five best Marriot resorts in beachside locations".
Forbes Travel Guide has recently added both The Brando and The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort to its exclusive 5 Star Hotel List. Need we say more?
Ok, we like The Points Guy. They have some excellent writers and usually throw some nice compliments out to Bora Bora and The Islands of Tahiti. In this recent piece, they include French Polynesia as one of the six locations that you really need to book at least a year in advance. We agree. The sooner the better when it comes to a Bora Bora vacation or Tahiti Honeymoon.
Travel + Lesiure has published their view of the Top 5 Resort Hotels in the South Pacific. We are not surprised that four of them are found in French Polynesia. Our list would be a bit different, but we do like each of the resorts in Tahiti that they have chosen. Visit our article on "The Best Overwater Bungalows in Bora Bora" and "The Best Overwater Bungalows in Tahiti" for a recent ranking by our Award-Winning Tahiti Specialists.
The Travel Channel has put together a short little article on Bora Bora.
The exotic Islands of Tahiti have won Travel Pulse's Travvy Award for the "Best Destination Overall" for 2020. We are not surprised. Once you visit, you will agree!
Forbes provides a nice list of the Best Resorts in Tahiti. It's so hard to narrow it down to a top 5 as people have different tastes and preferences, but we think they made some great choices. Let us know if you want us to plan an itinerary for you featuring one or more of these great resorts.
COVID-19 has definitely been unprecedented. It has created a lot of new "firsts". Unfortunately, most of them have been negative. We do have a fun "first" to share with you though. Air Tahiti Nui has set the world's record for the longest non-stop flight with paying passengers as they ferried French nationals back home at the onset of the pandemic. This first flight non-stop from Tahiti to Paris covered 9,765 miles in 15 hours and 45 minutes.
Are you in the mood for love? One of our favorite places to stay, The Brando, makes Conde Nast's List of the 21 Most Romantic Places to Stay. Surprise your loved one with a trip of your own. We'd be glad to help.
Travel Pulse details the steps necessary, including testing and entry requirements, when traveling to French Polynesia during COVID-19.
French Polynesia advances protocols and safety measures to lead to a July 15, 2020 reopening to tourism. This makes Tahiti one of the first countries to reopen to travelers. Forbes lays out the details.
If you could fill your Bucket List with only 7 things, the writers at Pink Villa believe staying in an Overwater Bungalow in Bora Bora is one of the things you must do before you die. We happen to think that is a great idea.
Both Tahiti and Bora Bora make the list of the World's Best Places to Visit, according to CEO World.
Can planning travel make us healthier? Researchers at the University of Cornwall think so (and we agree)! The simple act of planning a trip in the future give us something to look forward and leads to a brighter outlook and more happiness. Travel planning can indeed be good therapy. So, why not start today?
French Polynesia's 118 islands are so spread out that it is hard to believe the total land mass is about the size of Rhode Island. It's 1,609 square miles of land is scattered around almost 1 million square miles of ocean (roughly the size of Europe). Nevertheless, these tiny islands pack a big punch. Thillist agrees as they have added French Polynesia to their "12 Tiny Countries for a Big Trip".
Rangiroa and Fakarava in the Tuamotu Atolls named by CNN as one of the world's "most epic" Diving destinations. We agree, of course. Let us know if you'd like to visit this part of French Polynesia. We'd be glad to help.
Recent research study by ILTM finds that restarting the $2.05 trillion luxury travel market (worldwide) will be critical to the post COVID-19 economic recovery of many world nations.