Travel Documents and Entry Conditions

Entry Requirements

Please find below, the entry requirements for all of our destinations.

French Polynesia entry restrictions vary by nationality and length of stay.  New Zealand and Australian valid passport holders do not require a tourist visa if staying for less than 3-months and provided they can present evidence relating to:

  • the purpose of your stay
  • your means of subsistence in French Polynesia
  • and your guarantee for repatriation
    (e.g. valid and adequate travel insurance, valid attestation, valid travel ticket to the usual residence country, etc)


Please note that if you are not a citizen of French Polynesia and French Polynesia is your end destination you will need a visa to enter the country on a one-way ticket.  This will also apply to anyone who is planning on joining a yacht or commercial vessel (Maritime Agency Letter of Guarantee and Bond Letter required from an authorised Maritime Agency) in French Polynesia.  It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure that they possess all the necessary documentation before they can board the aircraft.  We would recommend that all visitors to French Polynesia visit the State Services for French Polynesia website to fully understand what documentation is needed.


13 Sep 2021:  New Entry and Stay Conditions due to Coronavirus

All resident and non-resident traveller eligibility to French Polynesia, including French Polynesian citizens, is now dependent on your vaccination status and your country of departure.  For complete information on COVID-19 related entry restrictions please ensure that you refer to our Health Advisory for travel to the Islands of Tahiti.  You can also visit Tahiti Tourisme and the Directorate of Health website for more information.

Travel requirements to enter the United States of America are changing from 08 November 2021.  For more information click here.


Entry requirements and quarantine restrictions to the United States of America are subject to both State and Federal provisions.  For detailed information please refer to the information contained in the links below.  



Testing in French Polynesia

If you have stopped in French Polynesia enroute to the U.S. and you need to submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding a flight to your next destination, this can be completed while in French Polynesia.  A test centre is located at Faa'a International Airport and is open between 3pm-8pm on flight operation days.  It is recommended that you pre-register for this antigen test. At least two-days before your flight departure contact with your last name, first name, date of birth and the file number (label affixed to your passport) obtained when you arrived in French Polynesia.  Click here for more information.

Passengers can also obtain a test at the Louis Malardé Institute in Papeete.  Hours of operation are 7:30am to 1:00pm Monday through Friday, and 7:30am to 12:00pm on Saturdays.  An appointment is not necessary.

On the island of Moorea, a test can be obtained at the Moorea Laboratory. Hours of operation are 7:00am to 11:00am Monday through Friday, and 7:00am to 10:00am on Saturdays. To book an appointment click here.

For more information on testing in French Polynesia please click here.

For information on French entry conditions please visit the French Diplomacy website for visitors to France.  While in France a health pass must be presented when entering public locations such as restaurants, museums, cinemas etc.  

From Monday October 4th, 2021, new provisions are in place and will apply to all travellers leaving French Polynesia and going to any location in the Republic of France. Travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, must download and complete the necessary Sworn Statement documentation before boarding a flight to France. Other useful links include:


In addition, passengers travelling on a Papeete-Paris flight will need to obtain the following necessary transit visa at least 72 hours before flight departure.

The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all visitors to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


To visit New Zealand, you need either an NZeTA or a Visitor Visa - unless you're an Australian citizen.  Most people visiting the country must pay an NZD35 International Visitor Levy (IVL).  This will be paid at the same time you pay for your NZeTA or Visitor Visa.  Before you make a booking to New Zealand you need to learn about the following:


Every visitor to New Zealand must have:

  • A passport that is valid for 3 months beyond the date of return, or
  • A passport that is valid for 1 month beyond the date you intend to depart New Zealand, if the issuing government has consular representation in New Zealand that is able to issue and renew travel documents.

Australia's borders are currently closed and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Travel is only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption.


Australia's immigration and border controls have been modified to protect the country from COVID-19 and are regualrly reviewed.  To stay up to date on the current measures please click here.   For information applicable to normal entry conditions applicable for your visit we recommend that you visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.  To learn about security checks you will experience at an Australian airport you can visit the TravelSECURE website.

For information on entry and visa restrictions based on the nationality and purpose of the visit to Japan we would recommend that you check with the nearest Japanese Consulate or visit the website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Japan.  Special border enforcement measures are currently in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Check-in for your flight 3 hours before departure. Our counters close 1 hour before flight departure.

Travel Documents

It is the passenger's responsibility to obtain and carry all required valid documents for your travel (i.e. passport, entry permits, vaccinations etc) and sufficient funds to cover the length of your stay. You must check the expiration dates on all documents and renew them if needed.

Always make certain that the name on your Air Tahiti Nui flight ticket matches the name on your passport.  It is also advisable that any accompanying documentation also matches the name on your passport and that you identify yourself by the nationality on your passport.

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Your passport must be valid for the required time beyond your travel dates. Be advised, some countries require a passport to be valid for six month beyond the date of departure.

Please note, because travel documents required for entry are subject to change without warning, it is advisable that you check with the consulate of each country on your itinerary or consult with your travel arranger before departure.  Each passenger is solely responsible for understanding and possessing the correct documents for legally travelling to the countries served by Air Tahiti Nui.  Alternatively you could check the IATA Travel Centre to see what documentation you will need.



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It is recommended that you keep your Air Tahiti Nui e-ticket receipt with you as it may be requested at the check-in counter or by customs officials as proof that you hold a return or onward ticket.   

Unaccompanied Minor Travel

As of January 15, 2017, any child aged under 18-years of age planning to travel without their parents or legal guardian must be in possession of an authorisation to travel document before they will be permitted to leave French Territory, including French Polynesia. 

This authorisation is applicable to all minors residing in France or French Polynesia, irrespective of their nationality.  During their journey, the minor must be provided with:

  • a valid passport
  • authorisation to leave the territory
  • a photocopy of the identity document of the legal guardian who signed the exit authorisation
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Please note: No other document (e.g. family record book) should be required when the minor crosses the French territorial border, even if the minor does not have the same last name as the legal guardian who signed the authorisation.

Find out more.

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. This must be a paper form.
  • Approved ETIS receipt for all passengers, including French Polynesian citizens
  • 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.  i.e. vaccination certificate that matches your passport data.


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


For Non EU travellers

  • Onward ticket, or Visa, or Maritime Agency Letter of Guarantee for those joining a ship or yacht.