COVID-19 Entry Requirements for Bora Bora and the Islands of Tahiti
French Polynesia Began its Gradual Reopening on May 1, 2021
Since May 1st travelers from the United States have been able to vacation and honeymoon in Tahiti again! We have had wonderful feedback from clients that have traveled since the reopening. The Entry Requirements listed below have been evolving since early May. We have updated the summary below to coincide with the latest rule changes as of the date listed above. COVID-19 cases in the islands remain very low and are trending lower each month. The US State Department and the CDC have both lowered the risk assessment for travel to Tahiti to the lowest level.
The Venture Tahiti Pre-Flight Checklist
The new requirements for French Polynesia are listed below. In addition to these requirements for entry, our Tahiti Specialists have consolidated the requirements for before, during and after your stay published by Tahiti Tourisme, Air Tahiti Nui, the High Commissioner of French Polynesia, the United States CDC and Los Angeles County 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.
NEW French Polynesia Entry Protocols (updated as of April 5, 2022)
Our Tahiti Specialists have compiled a summary of the entry requirements published for travel to French Polynesia. COVID-19 health and safety protocols were announced on April 16, 2021 with further clarification and modifications occurring over the last several months. The protocols below include the most recent modifications and refinements.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will be updating this page as well as our COVID-19 Travel Resources section if additional guidance or further details are released.
Based on the New Entry Protocols, Incoming Visitors Fall into Two Classifications:
Fully-Vaccinated Travelers (see current definition) - Eligible to enter as of May 1st; Enhanced Testing Protocols Remain in Place (see below).
Unvaccinated Travelers (including immune travelers as of June 16th) - This classification includes unvaccinated travelers or travelers that have not remained in the approved list of countries for the 15 days prior to arrival in Tahiti. These travelers have additional requirements, not listed below.
Please note, as of February 8, 2022, French Polynesia is open for leisure tourism to visitors from the United States, France and French Territories (excluding Guyana), the United Kingdom or other Orange Zone Countries (currently includes Canada, please check this link for the most current list). This is specific to "travelers residing in these countries for at least 15 days prior to their departure". If you have traveled outside of these countries in the 15 days prior to your departure, you will not be allowed to enter without restrictions. Only children traveling with vaccinated parents or guardians are exempt from the vaccination requirements. Unvaccinated travelers, and their accompanying family, will be subject quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Tahiti.
In summary, leisure travelers that have been fully-vaccinated are allowed entry without quarantine, but must adhere to the following protocols. See below for more detail.
COVID-19 Test (Departing US)- A negative COVID-19 Test prior to departure. Travelers may choose between taking an Antigen Test within 48 hours of their departure, or an "RT-PCR" Test within 72 hours prior to departure from the US.
Proof Vaccination - Documentation of "complete vaccination schedule" (CDC Card or Canadian or home country equivalent)
Sworn Statement - Agreement to Abide by Sanitary Regulations upon Arrival
COVID-19 Test (Returning to US)- This is a requirement imposed by the United States. More information can be found here.
For more detail, please read the following advisories and associated links below, very carefully.
Mandatory Requirements Prior to Boarding
As of April 5, 2022, travelers may choose between taking an Antigen Test within 48 hours of their departure, or an "RT-PCR" Test within 72 hours prior to departure from the US. The test must be administered by a lab. It cannot be a self-test.
Negative COVID-19 Test Result
Upon check-in at the airport, your airline will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The government of French Polynesia accepts an Antigen Test administered within 48 hours of departure, or an "RT-PCR" Test administered within 72 hours of your international departure.
You can find testing facilities on this website. Or, you could check with your family physician.
When scheduling your COVID-19 test, please be sure to verify that the testing center can provide you with results prior to your departure. It would be helpful if the testing center offered access to your results online or via email, in case there are any delays and you are already on your way to Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Proof of Vaccination
ALL Travelers (excluding children traveling with vaccinated parents or guardians) must provide documentation proving vaccination.
Proof of Vaccination - A CDC card (or home government equivalent) proving completion of a "complete vaccination schedule" will suffice for proof of vaccination. As of February 8, 2022, all travelers who completed their full vaccination regimen more than 9 months prior to travel, will be required to have an additional dose (or booster). Full vaccination for Pfizer-BioNTech (2 doses), Moderna (2 doses), and Astrazeneca (2 doses) must be completed at least 7 days prior to travel. For the single dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, you are considered "fully-vaccinated" after 28 days.
Authorities have stated that these requirements are subject to change and are part of a "gradual" reopening process. The vaccination requirement is in addition to the testing requirements released by the government of French Polynesia and summarized in this article. No guidance has been given on how long these protocols will be in place.
Please note, as of June 9, 2021, unvaccinated children traveling with vaccinated parents or guardians will be allowed to travel to French Polynesia. This is a welcome change for the many families with planned summer travel. Prior to June 9th, this was not allowed. Unfortunately, as of June 16th, travelers with antibodies from a prior Coronavirus infection and proven immunity are no longer able to enter without restrictions. Any adults or unaccompanied minors that cannot demonstrate they have been fully-vaccinated, must quarantine (along with their entire family) for 10 days on the Island of Tahiti upon arrival, at their own expense.
Sworn Statement to Abide by Sanitary Regulations upon Arrival
ALL Travelers (including children or minors) must sign a sworn statement acknowledging they will abide by all sanitary (health) regulations while in French Polynesia. This document can be downloaded here.
Mandatory Requirements During Your Flight to Tahiti
Your airline will require you to comply with general guidelines that you may be accustomed to by now, including: wearing a mask, social distancing in the airport terminals, and complying with the International Air Transport Association's protocols. You can find more information about Air Tahiti Nui's guidelines and policies in our article called, "Air Tahiti Nui's COVID-19 Policies".
Mandatory Requirements During Your Stay
Upon arrival in Tahiti, you will be asked to comply with the local regulations and guidelines. Our clients have mentioned that the requirements to wear a mask in crowded areas or on public transport has not detracted from their overall experience. In Tahiti, there is plenty of privacy and space to unwind without worrying about masking or social distancing. You can read more about the general guidelines in our post called, "French Polynesia's Health and Safety Protocols".
Prior to Departing Tahiti
Upon departure from Tahiti, you will be required to adhere to the new CDC Requirements for all travelers arriving in the United States. You can find a detailed description of this in our article titled, "COVID-19 Entry Requirements for the United States". This involves another COVID-19 test prior to departing Tahiti. The government of Tahiti has set up testing sites to facilitate this. If you booked your travel through Venture Tahiti, your Tahiti Travel Specialist will make sure your itinerary accommodates this prior to sending your final travel documents.
Please don't hesitate to contact us or set up an Advisory Session with one of our Certified Tahiti Specialists, if you would like more guidance from our experts. We are always happy to help.
The information above is a summary of the current entry requirements when visiting French Polynesia. It has been compiled by our Venture Tahiti Specialists as a courtesy to clients and travelers and is accurate as of the date above. As this is summary data as of a specific date and time, and guidance has been changing frequently, it should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for specific advice, regulations or guidance provided by Tahiti Tourisme or the Government of French Polynesia.
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