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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.  See below for details.
Updated 21 July 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.

 

1. Fully Vaccinated Travellers

A fully vaccinated visitor who has stayed at least 15-days on the French Territory (except Guyana), United Kingdom, USA, Canada or a designated Green Zone* country before their departure to French Polynesia will be subject to the following entry conditions.

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, or a negative Antigen test performed less than 48-hours before 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 12 years and over.  
  • 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, and also submit a completed sworn statement to abide by sanitary regulations while in French Polynesia.  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.

 

* 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.

 

 

2. Other Travellers

Any passenger who has not been vaccinated, or has previously been infected with the COVID infection, or is fully vaccinated but is travelling from a country outside the Green Zone*, or is fully vaccinated but has stayed less than 15-days on the French Territory (except Guyana), United Kingdom, USA, Canada or a designated Green Zone* country before their departure to French Polynesia will be subject to the following entry conditions

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, or a negative Antigen test performed less than 48-hours before 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 12 years and over.  
  • 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.

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.  

 

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), or you can contact 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).

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.