Mandatory health measures and entry requirements for French Polynesia
The current regulations for entry to French Polynesia require that each traveller:
- Proof of a negative Covid-19 test (SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR virus genome only) carried out within three days prior to their international air 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 upon check-in prior to boarding the flight to French Polynesia for all passengers aged 11 years and over. Note: where passengers can show proof that they applied for the RT-PCR test within the designated time frame but have not yet received the results of this test, they may still be permitted to board if they can show proof of a negative Rapid Antigenic Test.
- Complete a Sanitary Entry Form via the Electronic Travel Information System (ETIS). A printed copy of the 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). More information can be found on the Tahiti Tourisme website.
- Travel insurance for anyone who does not possess French nationality. If the insurance does not cover costs in the event of a pandemic, including any event associated with COVID-19 infection, you must agree to cover any health costs incurred in French Polynesia.
- In addition to the above, a temperature check will be taken at check-in for the flight to ensure the passenger temperature is below 38°C
If you fail to comply with any of the above mandatory health measures, you will not be allowed to board the aircraft.
Important COVID-19 testing in French Polynesia
- Random controls will be carried out upon arrival in French Polynesia by Health Department staff to check that the test taken is acceptable.
- In addition to the test required prior to departure, a self-administered test provided by the French Polynesian authorities, must be carried out on the fourth day after arrival in French Polynesia. An envelope containing the test equipment will be given to each traveller aged over eleven (11) years of age upon arrival at Faa'a International Airport. The test consists of an oral and nasal swab, to be self-administered on the date shown on the envelope containing the self-test kit. Instructions and an information note are also provided. A short video detailing the process can be viewed here.
The authorities of French Polynesia have implemented the following measures until 16 November 2020. These rules are subject to extension.
- Closure of discos and nightclubs.
- Application of strict rules in restaurants and bars. Patrons must be seated, maintain a minimum distance of 1 metre between each table, and wearing a mask is mandatory for everyone when moving around the establishment.
- Wearing of masks is mandatory in outdoor public spaces subject to large number of people, including shops, water taxis/ferry transportation, airplanes, public ground transport, airports, and ferry terminals. Requirements will be enforced by controls and sanctions. Failure to comply with these requirements is punishable by a fine of up to €745.82.
- Informal meetings of more than 6 people are prohibited on beaches, green spaces and public parks, riverbanks, picnic areas and all sites used for this purpose. For members of the same family the limit is 10 people.
For the latest information on COVID-19 within French Polynesia please visit the Health Department website.
New Zealand Government Travel Policy
28 September 2020: All travellers entering New Zealand on/after 5 October 2020 will need to register on the Managed Isolation Allocation System to secure a place in a Government managed isolation facility. The booking portal goes live on 5 October 2020. An amnesty grace period will apply to anyone arriving between 8am, 5 October 2020 to 11.59pm, 2 November 2020 if they have not completed the necessary arrangements, but from 3 November 2020 it becomes mandatory. Visit the Managed Isolation and Quarantine website for details.
09 April 2020: Every traveller arriving into New Zealand on a flight which departs from another country after 23:59 on 9 April must go into one of two registered facilities for a minimum of 14 days. For more information view the current Government regulated border controls.
19 March 2020: In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the New Zealand Government announced on Thursday 19 March 2020, significant new measures that apply to all international travellers arriving in New Zealand that took affect at 11:59pm on March 19th 2020.
From this time only New Zealand residents and citizens (and their children and partners) will be permitted to enter New Zealand. This includes the Realm countries, Australian citizens and permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand, airline and marine crew. There will be some exceptions, on a case by case basis, for example for essential health workers, humanitarian reasons, and others. Those who are permitted to enter the country will need to comply with a 14 day self isolation requirement.
International Transit passengers: New Zealand’s borders will be closed to international transit passengers from 0200 hours Thursday 26 March 2020 (NZDT). No passengers will be able to transit international flights in New Zealand after this time
Domestic Transit passengers: Passengers who arrived on international flights after 0200 hours Thursday 26 March 2020 (NZDT) will not be able to connect to a domestic flight during this 14 day period. New Zealanders needing to take onward domestic flights will be required to provide a self-isolation plan for their arrival port, such as Auckland, or the government will provide temporary accommodation for the 14-days
Australian Government Travel Policy
The Australian Government announced on Thursday 19 March 2020, that from 9:00pm AEDT 20 March 2020 that only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. All eligible people entering Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel.
To keep informed on Australia’s entry requirements please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
US Government Travel Policy
If you are a resident of French Polynesia and have not visited any of the countries listed below* within 14 days prior to entering the United States, there are no special requirements for entering the United States, except for the ESTA requirements.
Customers who have visited or transited through one of the countries listed below* within 14 days prior to entering the United States will not be allowed to enter the United States.
*List of countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China (People's Rep.), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (excluding overseas territories outside Europe).
French Government Travel Policy
From 30 October 2020 new lockdown measures have been implemented and tourism travel between French Polynesia and France is not permitted until further notice. For more information, visit the French Government travel advisory website.