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COVID-19 Travel Policy for French Polynesia

Effective 09 June 2021, the President of French Polynesia and the High Commissioner for French Polynesia have announced that new entry restrictions will be introduced for visitors to French Polynesia.  From this date, all visitor eligibility will be dependent on your vaccination status and your country of departure.  See below for details.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING TO FRENCH POLYNESIA FROM THE USA, FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM OR A GREEN-ZONE* DESIGNATED COUNTRY 

From 09 June 2021 the travel restrictions for these travellers will be:

  • Visitors aged 11 years and over who are fully vaccinated can travel to/from French Polynesia without having to provide a compelling reason justification.
  • Visitors aged 11 years and over who are not fully vaccinated must declare a compelling reason justification (family, professional, health) for travel to the High Commission for French Polynesia no later than 6 days before flight departure. Travel is not permitted without prior approval.

 

* Green Zone countries as at 02 June 2021:  New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Lebanon, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Europe (European Union, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland).  Subject to change.

 

Passengers from any other country who transits through one of the aforementioned  countries, regardless of their vaccination status, will be subject to the 'declaration of compelling reasons' if they have not stayed in the transit country for 15 days or more.  Please note, even those who transit in one of the above countries for a minimum of 15 days will still need to meet the 'fully vaccinated' definition if they want to enter French Polynesia on the basis that they are a fully vaccinated visitor.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING TO FRENCH POLYNESIA FROM ALL OTHER COUNTRIES.  i.e. not from the USA, France, UK, or a Green-zone country. 

From 09 June 2021, regardless of your health or vaccination status, you must declare an overriding reason (family, professional, health) to the High Commission for French Polynesia no later than 6 days before flight departure. Travel is not permitted without prior approval.

DEFINITION OF FULLY VACCINATED

You are considered to be fully vaccinated;

  • 14 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.  

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.  To submit their file, travellers must go to the website of the High Commission and access the Demarches-simplifees platform.  After 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.

 

Anyone who is eligible to travel to French Polynesia will also be subject to the Entry and Stay Conditions noted below.

ENTRY AND STAY CONDITIONS FROM 09 JUNE 2021 FOR THOSE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE COUNTRY

Entry conditions vary for vaccinated travellers and those who have not been vaccinated.

 

1. Fully Vaccinated Travellers

Quarantine upon arrival in French Polynesia will not be required for these visitors, however you must still meet several entry requirements.  These include:

  • Proof of 'completed vaccination schedule' must be provided. Note: this must be finalised at least 8 days before flight departure.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test (SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR virus genome only) carried out within three 72 hours of your international flight departure. The results of this test must be negative and the medical document confirming this, issued by a Doctor, Hospital or Medical Clinic must be presented to airline staff at check-in prior to boarding the flight to French Polynesia for all passengers aged 11 years and over.  Exception: travellers visiting from France can travel if they receive a negative Antigenetic test performed less than 48 hours before flight departure.
  • Complete a Sanitary Entry Form via the Electronic Travel Information System (ETIS).  A printed copy of the email approval must be shown to the airline at check-in.  This is a statement of commitment to follow sanitary measures and reporting to the authorities of any symptom of COVID-19 that may occur during your stay (cough, fever, difficulty to breathe, loss of taste, loss of smell).  You must also disclose your full itinerary and possible contacts.  The ETIS documentation should be completed between 6 to 30 days before flight departure.
  • An Antigen Test will be completed upon arrival at Faa'a International Airport in Tahiti for all passengers aged 6 years and older.  If the test is negative the passenger may freely enter French Polynesia.  If the test is positive the passenger must complete a 10-day quarantine at the passenger's expense in Tahiti.

 

Unvaccinated minor children who are travelling with a vaccinated adult will not be subject to quarantine, and will be exempt from declaring a Compelling Reason for travel, but will be subject to the following test regime.

  • A Virological self-test is required four days (D+4) and again eight days (D+8) after arrival in French Polynesia. If the test is negative the passenger may continue their holiday in French Polynesia.  If the test is positive the passenger must complete a 10-day quarantine at the passenger's expense in Tahiti.
    Note:  If a minor child passenger tests positive after taking the Antigen or Virological Test, the entire family group will be subject to the quarantine requirement.

 

2. Travellers who are not Fully Vaccinated

A 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in French Polynesia is required for these visitors.  The mandatory quarantine can only be done in Tahiti in a place of the passengers choice at the passenger's expense.  You must also provide the following.

  • A Boarding Authorisation Certificate issued by the High Commissioner in French Polynesia that has approved your 'Compelling Reason Justification' for travel.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test (SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR virus genome only) carried out within three 72 hours of your international flight departure. The results of this test must be negative and the medical document confirming this, issued by a Doctor, Hospital or Medical Clinic must be presented to airline staff at check-in prior to boarding the flight to French Polynesia for all passengers aged 11 years and over.  Exception: travellers visiting from France can travel if they receive a negative Antigenetic test performed less than 48 hours before flight departure.
  • Complete a Sanitary Entry Form via the Electronic Travel Information System (ETIS)Refer to point 1 above for additional information related to this requirement.  
  • An Antigen Test will be completed upon arrival at Faa'a International Airport in Tahiti for all passengers aged 6 years and older. 
  • A SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test will be conducted, in Tahiti only, at four (D+4) days, and again eight (D+8) days after arrival in French Polynesia for all passengers aged 6 years and older.  The test 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.