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COVID-19 Travel Policy for French Polynesia

All visitor eligibility to French Polynesia is now dependent on your vaccination status and your country of departure.  In addition, a 'health surveillance fee' must be paid by all travellers aged 6 years and over.  See below for details.
Updated 13 September 2021

Entry and Stay Conditions

Entry conditions vary for vaccinated travellers who are travelling from a permitted country of origin and those who have not been vaccinated.

 

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Fully vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over, as well as minors who accompany these vaccinated adults, can travel to French Polynesia without needing to justify the reason for travel or complete mandatory quarantine provided they have stayed at least 15-days on the French Territory (except Guyana), United Kingdom, USA or a designated Green Zone country before their departure to French Polynesia.

Green Zone countries:  New Zealand, Australia, Albania, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Comoros Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, Vanuatu, and Europe (European Union, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland).  Subject to change at any time.

 

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

Any passenger aged 12 years and over, who has not been fully vaccinated* must provide a Boarding Authorisation Certificate issued by the High Commissioner in French Polynesia that approves your 'Compelling Reason Justification' for travel and your quarantine request. This also applies to any passenger, regardless of health and vaccination status, who has visited an orange or red zone country in the 15-days prior to visiting French Polynesia.  

A 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in French Polynesia is required for any traveller who is not fully vaccinated.  The mandatory quarantine can only be done on the island of Tahiti in a place of the passenger's choice at the passenger's expense.  

Documentation Formalities

All visitors entering French Polynesia, regardless of health and vaccination status, must register and submit documentation on a web-based Electronic Travel Information System (ETIS).

 

Completing the Electronic Travel Information System Formalities

Registration on the ETIS website between 6 to 30 days before flight departure is mandatory.  You must disclose your full itinerary and possible contacts, and also submit a completed Sworn Statement to abide by Healthcare Regulations and report any symptom of COVID-19 that may occur during your stay (e.g. cough, fever, difficulty to breathe, loss of taste, loss of smell etc) to the authorities while in French Polynesia. You must also declare that you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14-days prior to your trip to French Polynesia.

Only one application is needed for an adult and accompanying child.  When completing an application for an Unaccompanied Minor (UM) the responsible adult should identify themselves and fill in the necessary information fields about the child.  A printed copy of the email approval must be shown to the airline at flight check-in.  Non-residents must maintain possession of the approval for the duration of their stay in French Polynesia.

A Health Surveillance fee must be paid when completing the ETIS application.  The fee for a vaccinated traveller aged 6 years and over will be XPF5000.  For an unvaccinated traveller aged 6 years and over the charge is XPF12000.  Exception: an unvaccinated child aged 6-18 years who is accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or legal guardian will be charged XPF5000.  Exemptions apply for students who reside in French Polynesia, persons returning from a medical evacuation including approved accompanying person, flight crew and health professionals living permanently in French Polynesia making a trip as part of their professional activity who have been outside French Polynesia for 7-days or less.

Travellers who are eligible to travel for compelling reasons and need a travel authorisation from the High Commissioner in French Polynesia must submit their application on the mes demarches online platform.  These passengers will be informed of the validation of their request no later than 48-hours before flight departure.

 

Pre-flight COVID-19 Test Requirement

All visitors aged 12 years and over, regardless of health and vaccination status, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR virus genome only) carried out less than 72-hours before boarding a flight to French Polynesia, or a negative Antigen test performed less than 48-hours before flight boarding.  The results of this test must be negative and the medical certificate confirming this, issued by a Doctor, Hospital or Medical Clinic, must be presented to airline staff at flight check-in.  Please consult Tahiti Tourisme and the Directorate of Health for more information on the type of test accepted.

 

Mandatory test taken upon arrival in French Polynesia

All visitors aged 6 years and over must submit to taking an RT-PCR self test upon arrival in French Polynesia.  A negative result is required before commencing your holiday.  If a fully vaccinated traveller receives a positive test result, the passenger must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine at their own expense on the island of Tahiti.

 

Mandatory quarantine conditions

Any visitor aged 12 years and over who is not fully vaccinated must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine on the island of Tahiti at the passenger's expense in a place of the passenger's choice.  Exception:  an unvaccinated minor child aged under 18 years of age who is accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or legal guardian will not be subject to quarantine but they will need to submit to taking two self-administered tests during their stay.  These must be performed 4 and 8 days after arrival in Tahiti.  A 10-day mandatory quarantine, including the family group, will be required if a positive result is returned.

Unvaccinated minor children who are travelling alone are subject to the same conditions as an unvaccinated adult, however they must be accompanied by their legal guardian in the 10-day mandatory quarantine on the island of Tahiti.
 

Testing during the 10-day mandatory quarantine

Any passenger aged 6 years and older who is required to complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine is required to take two SARS-CoV-2 RT-PVR tests while in quarantine.  These will be taken on the fourth (D+4) and eight day (D+8) of their stay in quarantine.  If negative results are received, then they can leave quarantine upon completion of the quarantine period.  The tests will be conducted at the Louis Malarde Institute (ILM).

 

Detailed information, including costs for Mandatory Quarantine and information on Antigenic Testing at Faa'a International Airport for passengers departing French Polynesia, can be found on the Tahiti Tourisme Website.  For information on health protocols in place within French Polynesia you can visit the Directorate of Health website.

Definition of Fully Vaccinated

You are considered to be fully vaccinated;

  • 7 days after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna and Astrazeneca vaccine.
  • 28 days after receiving your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.  

 

For people who have a dated and proven infection with SARS-CoV2, a vaccination schedule will be declared completed:

  • After receiving one dose of vaccine within 6-months of infection
  • 7 days after receiving the vaccine

 

Your proof of vaccination must be authenticated by a Healthcare Professional and it must include the following:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Vaccine Name
  • Date of each vaccination 

In New Zealand, to obtain a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record you can contact your General Practitioner (GP) to request a copy of your personal information from the COVID Immunisation Register (CIR).  You can also submit an online request to obtain proof of COVID-19 vaccination from the Ministry of Health.  For more information click here.    NB. please note that COVID immunisation data is not stored on the National Immunisation Register (NIR).

Pre-flight Checklist 

In summary, you must present the following documentation for your Air Tahiti Nui flight to Papeete.  

For all travellers

  • Valid Passport with any applicable visas
  • Valid flight ticket
  • Negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of flight departure, or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of flight departure for all passengers aged 12-years and older
  • Approved ETIS receipt
  • Sworn statement declaration to abide by healthcare measures while in French Polynesia. 
    Note: a separate Sworn Statement is required if travelling to France
  • An RT-PCR self-test will also be required upon arrival in Tahiti.  If this is positive the passenger will be subject to a 10-day quarantine at their expense.
  • Completed Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) if flying to/from Paris on a flight that has a transit stop in Vancouver, Canada
  • Completed Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) if flying to/from Paris on a flight that has a transit stop in Los Angeles, USA

 

For vaccinated travellers

  • Proof of your vaccination status

 

For unvaccinated travellers

  • Boarding authorisation certificate issued by the High Commissioner for French Polynesia
    Nb. also needed for anyone who has visited an orange or red zone country within the previous 15-days prior to visiting French Polynesia

Passengers who must provide a 'Compelling Reason and Justification' for travel

Entry to French Polynesia is prohibited for these travellers except those travelling for the following reasons:

  • an overriding personal or family reason,
  • an emergency health reason,
  • a professional reason that cannot be postponed

 

An exceptional travel certificate must be accompanied by supporting documentation.  Travellers must also complete a declaration that they will adhere to the rules related to entry into French Polynesia, attest to the absence of symptoms, and confirm that you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your trip.  Copies of the required forms can be downloaded below.

Passengers must send electronically their supporting documents to the High Commission for French Polynesia at least 6 days before boarding through this online platformAfter analysis of the documentation submitted, the approval or denial of the request will be notified no later than 48 hours before departure via email and through the online platform.  The approval receipt must be presented at check-in on the day of departure.