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COVID-19 Travel Policy for French Polynesia

All resident and non-resident travel eligibility to French Polynesia, including French Polynesian citizens, 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. 

Update 21Jan22:  Modification to entry conditions.  See below for details.

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 resident and non-resident travellers 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 continuously at least 15-days on the French Territory or a designated Green or Orange or Red Zone country before their departure to French Polynesia.  It is important that you review the list of  countries right up to the day of departure to ensure that unrestricted travel is still permitted because the list can 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 a Scarlet 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 resident and non-resident travellers, including French Polynesian citizens, 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  (new rules now apply)

All resident and non-resident travellers aged twelve (12) years and older, regardless of health and vaccination status, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed less than 24-hours before flight departure.  There are three testing options available.  Exception:  if travelling via the USA this rule applies to all travellers aged two (2) years and older.

Option 1:  Presentation of a negative RT_PCR test taken within the previous 24-hours before boarding a flight. 

Option 2:  Presentation of a negative Antigen test taken within the previous 24-hours before boarding a flight plus a negative RT_PCR test taken within the previous 48-hours before boarding a flight. 

Option 3:  Presentation of a negative Antigen test taken within the previous 24-hours before boarding a flight.  Upon arrival in French Polynesia submit to an obligatory RT-PCR test, at the expense of the traveller.  The cost of this test is XPF26250.  Pending the results of this test that can take up to three days, it is required that travellers adhere to barrier gestures and avoid non-essential contact. 

Note:  Please refer to the above attached Tahiti Tourisme summary documents for details on how to apply/interpret the 24-hour definition.

 

The results of all tests 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 resident and non-resident travellers 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 7-day mandatory quarantine at their own expense on the island of Tahiti.

All visitors from Red Zone countries aged 6 years and older (regardless of vaccination status) aged 6 years and older must get tested with a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on the second day (D+2) and- fifth day (D+5) after arrival at the passengers' expense.

 

Mandatory quarantine conditions

Any resident and non-resident traveller 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 2 and 5 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 second (D+2) and fifth day (D+5) 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

Updated 14 January 2022

You are considered to be fully vaccinated;

  • 7 days after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca or Vaxzevria vaccine.  Exception:  for transit/stop in the USA enroute to French Polynesia you must wait until 14 days after receiving your second dose.
  • 28 days after receiving your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen 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 register online with the Ministry of Health to obtain a digital copy of your vaccination record.  For more information click here for 'My Covid Record' health information.  Be sure to download the COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate for International Travel.

In Australia, to obtain a copy of your International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate please visit the Services Australia website.

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 or a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of flight departure for all passengers aged 12-years and older. This must be a paper form.  Exception:  if your itinerary includes a transit or stop in the United States, the pre-flight test must be taken by all passengers aged two (2) years and older, less than 24 hours before flight departure.  See above for the 3 options and the conditions apply.
  • 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 a scarlet 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.

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.

Health Pass using the TousAntiCovid app

To help fight the spread of COVID-19 in French Polynesia a Health Pass must be used while in French Polynesia for anyone aged from 12 years and 2 months.  This also applies to visitors to French Polynesia.  Obtaining a Health Pass is easy if you already hold  a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate for International Travel.   Please follow these simple steps.

  1. Download the TousAntiCovid app directly from the Apple app store or Google Play
  2. Scan the QR code located on your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate for International Travel.   Your Health Pass will now be available on your wallet within the TousAntiCovid app. 

 

To find out where the use of the Health Pass is compulsory please visit the website of the State Services in French Polynesia.