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.
Please note, if you have read about the current 10-day quarantine requirement for incoming visitors, this is specific to travelers who are not vaccinated or have note remained in an approved country for the 15 days prior to their arrival in Tahiti. 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 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.
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 announced on April 16, 2021 with further clarification and modifications occurring over the last month. 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.
Please note, as of June 9th, French Polynesia is open for leisure tourism to visitors from the United States, France and French Territories (excluding Guyana), the United Kingdom or Green Zone Countries (currently: Canada, European area, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, and Singapore). 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.
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 accepts a "RT-PCR" based test, or as of June 25, 2021, they will accept an Antigen Test (allowing for detection of the "N" protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus). The RT-PCR test must be taken with 3 days of departure. The Antigen test must be taken within 48 hours of departure.
A list of acceptable RT-PCR tests can be found here. 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 (excluding children traveling with vaccinated parents or guardians) must provide documentation proving vaccination.
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, 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.
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. Upon receipt of your ETIS approval email, you will be asked to pay an online fee of 5,000 XPF per person (approximately $50 USD). This fee covers the increased costs of testing and additional new heath and safety protocols.
Please note, you will need to provide a print-out of your receipt with your ETIS number in conjunction with your CDC Vaccination Card and your negative test results in order to board your flight and again upon arrival in Tahiti.
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 self-test for COVID-19, which will be provided by the authorities. 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, unvaccinated children traveling with parents will be asked to perform a Self Test for COVID-19. You will be given the kit and instructions for each child upon arrival at the international airport. You can also view an instructional video in our "Tahiti's COVID-19 Self Test Instructions" post. Unvaccinated children and children traveling on their parent's ETIS may be required to self test on the fourth day and the eighth day of their stay.
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 Commissioner 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.