COVID-19 Entry Requirements for the United States of America
Re-Entering the United States from an International Destination
On Tuesday January 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control issued new protocols for "air travelers" entering the United States, effective as of January 26, 2021. These new regulations and guidelines apply to all incoming travelers over the age of 2, including returning citizens of the United States and fully-vaccinated individuals.
United States Entry Protocols
Our Tahiti Specialists have compiled a summary of the entry requirements published for returning to the United States. These COVID-19 health and safety protocols are in place as of the date listed above. We expect these guidelines to stay in place for the foreseeable future. We are closely monitoring the situation and will be updating this page as well as our COVID-19 Travel Resources section for any additional guidance or updates.
In summary, due to COVID-19, the following mandatory requirements are in place. See below for more detail.
COVID-19 Test (Returning to US) - Proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 is required to enter the US
US Passenger CDC Disclosure Document - Required for each passenger age 2 and older.
Los Angeles County International Arrival Registration - Required for each traveler age 16 and over.
Masking - You are required to wear a mask on planes traveling into or within the US and in airports.
Prior to Departing Tahiti and Returning to the US
Negative COVID-19 Viral Test Result
Prior to departure from Tahiti, you will be required to adhere to the new CDC Requirements for all air passengers arriving in the United States. This requires a negative COVID-19 Viral test result no more than three days before your return flight. As an alternative, you could present documentation proving that you have recovered from the Coronavirus in the past thee months.
Lab results can be presented in paper or as an electronic copy. However, the test must be a viral test (NAAT or antigen). Rapid tests are acceptable if they adhere to the NAAT or Antigen test standards.
The government of French Polynesia has endeavored to make this required test as easy as possible for its guests from the United States. The Ministry of Health in French Polynesia is setting up rapid antigenic tests prior to each flight departing for the United States. As of now, testing facilities have been set up on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea as well as at the Faa'a International Airport in Papeete. These tests are available for approximately $57.00 per person (5,700 XPF). You can find a full list of testing facilities on this website. Over time, additional testing sites are expected to be opened on additional islands in French Polynesia, such as Bora Bora, Taha'a, Rangiroa and others.
If you have booked your travel through Venture Tahiti, your Travel Specialist will adjust your itinerary to accommodate time required for testing on your final day. If you are traveling back to the Island of Tahiti from Bora Bora or another island prior to your international departure, your Travel Specialist may need to adjust your inter-island flight schedule slightly to accommodate this.
This disclosure document is required by the United States CDC. It should be provided to you upon check-in for your flight back to the United States. A separate form must be filled out by each passenger age 2 or older. An example can be found here.
Los Angeles County International Arrival Registration
This is to be completed prior to returning to the United States (if flying out of LAX). It is a Los Angeles County requirement for international arrivals and can be found through this link.
Additional Guidelines and Recommendations
In addition to the mandatory requirements above, due to COVID-19, the CDC has issued additional safety guidelines and recommendations for fully vaccinated travelers and travelers that have not been vaccinated. The summary has been included for your convenience, but is not meant to be an exhaustive list of guidelines. Please refer to the official website for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention for the authoritative list of guidelines for international travel during COVID-19.
In summary, due to COVID-19, the following CDC recommendations are also in place.
Know Your Destination - Understand and Follow Destination Guidelines. See our COVID-19 Travel Resources for comprehensive information on Tahiti Travel.
Wear Masks and Practice Social Distancing - Masks are required on public transportation and social distancing is advised.
Practice Good Hygiene - Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. Visit our Travel Store for recommended products.
Post-Travel Testing, Self Monitoring, and Isolation - For more information on these recommended actions, visit the CDC's website.
Follow State and Local Guidelines - Always check and follow state and local requirements.
For More Information
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 returning to the United States, we encourage you to read the source information found on Centers for Disease Control website prior to travel. You can also find more information on your airline's website. Also, prior to any international travel, we always recommend visiting the State Department travel website for travel safety information.
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 returning to the United States. 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 your state and local authorities or the Centers for Disease Control.
We are often asked about the cost of food in Bora Bora and Tahiti. Food tends to be a bit expensive in French Polynesia. It is on par with dining out in New York, Los Angeles or Honolulu. If you are trying to stick to a preferred travel budget, regardless of how much you plan to spend, the cost of dining in French Polynesia should be considered in your travel and vacation planning.
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