As of the date of this post, French Polynesia is under a temporary travel restriction and currently closed to tourists. This current restriction was imposed by the government of France on February 3, 2021 for France and all French Territories. Tahiti is very eager to welcome back tourists as this temporary restriction caused a major economic impact on the country. We are very glad that Tahiti has announced a reopening date for tourism of May 1, 2021. COVID-19 cases in the islands remain very low and are trending lower each month. The government feels confident they will be able to reopen safely, just as they did last July.
Please note, if you have read about the current 10-day quarantine requirement for incoming visitors, this is specific to travelers who have exhibited a compelling reason to enter the country during the current border closure (family or medical emergencies, etc.) or visitors after May 1st who have not been fully-vaccinated or immunized. The only exception being children under the age of 6. If you comply with the Entry Protocols listed below, you will not be required to quarantine upon arrival. You can read more about the current restriction as well as view answers to frequently asked questions in the COVID-19 Travel Resources section of our website.
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 Commission 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.
Our checklist is currently 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.
Our Tahiti Specialists have compiled a summary of the entry requirements published for travel to French Polynesia. These COVID-19 health and safety protocols were just announced on April 16, 2021 with further clarification provided on April 22, 2021 to coincide with the planned reopening on May 1, 2021.
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.
Please note, French Polynesia is only opening leisure tourism to visitors from the United States at this time due to the potential for "High Epidemic Risk" presented by other countries, including France and other members of the European Union. This is specific to "travelers residing in the United State for at least 30 days prior to their departure". If you have traveled outside of the United States in the 30 days prior to your departure, you will not be allowed to board. Only children under the age of 6 are exempt from the vaccination and immunization requirements. Unvaccinated or non-immune travelers ages 6 and over, and their accompanying family, will be subject quarantine for 10 days upon arrival with their entire family.
For more detail, please read the following advisories and associated links below, very carefully.
Upon check-in at the airport, your airline will require proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The government of French Polynesia requires a "RT-PCR" based test. A list of acceptable RT-PCR tests can be found here. Rapid tests of any kind are not allowed. You can find testing facilities that offer this type of test on this website. Or, you could check with your family physician.
Some of our clients have had success with Passport Health. They have locations across the country, but not all of them offer the RT-PCR test. You may also want to contact the new on-site testing facility at Los Angeles International Airport. You can find more testing facility recommendations in our article called, "Air Tahiti Nui | COVID-19 Policies & Protocols".
The COVID-19 test must be carried out within three days prior to your departure. As an example, if you are departing on a Monday night, the earliest you could be tested would be the preceding Friday. You will need to verify that the lab actually works over the weekend and results will be available on time. It is the sole responsibility of the traveler to make sure their test results are available in time. For more detail on when you should be tested, please see our Frequently Asked Question, "When Should I Get Tested?".
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.
ALL Travelers (including children or minors) must provide documentation proving either vaccination or immunity.
Authorities have stated that these requirements are subject to change and are part of a "gradual" reopening process. The vaccination or immunity 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, no exceptions have been provided for children or minors ages 6 or over. Only children under the age of 6 are exempt from these requirements. Anyone age 6 or older that cannot demonstrate they have been fully-vaccinated or have immunity, must quarantine (along with their entire family) for 10 days on the Island of Tahiti upon arrival, at their own expense.
This online form (ETIS) is to be completed between 30 and 6 days prior to your trip. With this new timeline, you will complete the online registration BEFORE you have received your negative RT-PCR test results taken within 3 days of departure. You will be asked to agree with the following conditions for entry:
You will receive a receipt and an ETIS number via email after completion.
Please note, you will need to provide a print-out of your receipt with your ETIS number in conjunction with your negative test results in order to board your flight and again upon arrival in Tahiti.
This online form is to be completed after ETIS has been completed. We recommend you follow the link in your ETIS Receipt Email. You will be asked to declare why you are requesting authorization to travel to Tahiti. You will also submit your flight information, as well as supporting materials to prove you have been vaccinated or immunized.
If accepted, you will receive an email authorization at least 2 days prior to your departure.
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.
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".
When you land at Faa'a International airport in Papeete, Tahiti, you will be required to take a, presumably "rapid", Antigen Test, which will be provided by the authorities. At the moment, there is no charge for these tests, but they will eventually be priced at 5,000 Pacific Francs per person (approximately $50 USD) for vaccinated and immunized travelers and 12,000 XPF per person (approximately $120 USD) for non-vaccinated or immune travelers who will be asked to quarantine.
A negative result on this test will be required before proceeding with your itinerary.
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".
On the fourth day of your stay, you will be asked to perform a Self Test for COVID-19. You will be given the kit and instructions upon arrival at the international airport. You can also view an instructional video in our "Tahiti's COVID-19 Self Test Instructions" post.
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.
Importantly, as the information above is a summary and it is the responsibility of the traveler to read, understand and comply with the new guidelines for travel to French Polynesia, we encourage you to read the source information found on Tahiti Tourisme's website prior to travel. You can also find additional information on Air Tahiti Nui's website and the Office of the High Commission of French Polynesia. Also, prior to any international travel, we always recommend visiting the State Department travel website for travel safety information and the Centers for Disease Control website for medical and health information.
For more information curated by our team at Venture Tahiti, please visit our COVID-19 Travel Resources section of our website. You will find comprehensive resources related to Tahiti Travel in the age of COVID-19. You can also find additional recent COVID-19 related news articles in our Tahiti Travel Trends, News & Articles section.
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.