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Entry Requirements | Health & Safety Measures

Effective 01 May 2021 new entry restrictions will be introduced for visitors to French Polynesia.  From this date, all visitors travelling from the USA will be allowed to enter French Polynesia subject to certain entry criteria.  Travel from France and all other countries continues to be restricted to those with justifiable and compelling reasons to visit French Polynesia.  See below for details.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING TO FRENCH POLYNESIA FROM THE USA

All visitors, including tourists, who have resided in the USA for at least 30 days before travelling to French Polynesia may enter the country.  The exact Entry and Stay Conditions (see below) will vary depending on whether the traveller has been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, possesses immunity to COVID-19 through a previous infection, or is neither vaccinated and has not been previously infected with COVID-19. 

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING TO FRENCH POLYNESIA FROM FRANCE AND ALL OTHER COUNTRIES EXCEPT THE USA

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 departing from and to French Polynesia will be required to send electronically their supporting documents to the High Commission 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 granted permission to travel to French Polynesia will also be subject to the Entry and Stay Conditions noted below.

ENTRY AND STAY CONDITIONS FROM 01 MAY 2021 FOR THOSE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE COUNTRY

Entry conditions vary for vaccinated travellers, those who have proven immunity because they have already contracted COVID-19, and those who are neither vaccinated and do not have proven immunity because they have not previously been infected with COVID-19.

 

1. 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 days of their 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.   
  • 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).  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.
  • A Virological self-test is required four days (D+4) after arrival in French Polynesia for all passengers aged 6 years and older.  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 passenger aged 6 years or older tests positive after taking the Antigen or Virological Test, the entire family group will be subject to the quarantine requirement.

 

2. Travellers with proven immunity who have previously contracted COVID-19 between 15 days to 6 months prior to departure

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

  • A serological test dating from 15 to 30 days before departure that demonstrates proof of 'the presence of antibodies to COVID-19' must be provided
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test (SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR virus genome only) carried out within three days of their international flight departure.   Refer to point 1 above for additional information related to this requirement. 
  • 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.  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.
  • A Virological self-test is required four days (D+4) after arrival in French Polynesia for all passengers aged 6 years and older.  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 passenger aged 6 years or older tests positive after taking the Antigen or Virological Test, the entire family group will be subject to the quarantine requirement.

 

3. For unvaccinated travellers who have not previously contracted COVID-19 between 15 days to 6 months prior to departure

A 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in French Polynesia is required for these visitors.  The quarantine, when applicable can only be done in Tahiti in a dedicated hotel at the passenger's expense.  You must also provide the following.

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test (SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR virus genome only) carried out within three days of their international flight departure.   Refer to point 1 above for additional information related to this requirement. 
  • 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 Virological self-test four (D+4) days, and again eight (D+8) days after arrival in French Polynesia for all passengers aged 6 years and older.

 

Detailed information, including costs for Mandatory Quarantine, can be found on the Tahiti Tourisme Website.

Air Tahiti Nui is aware of the importance of protecting the Polynesian islands from the COVID-19 epidemic. Your well-being and security are therefore at the centre of our priorities more than ever before. We collaborate with health authorities, airports, and suppliers to observe these commitments throughout your journey.

Physical distancing

The sanitary measures adopted by Air Tahiti Nui and the airports actively contribute to limiting the spread of the virus. The specific measures to maintain physical distance in all waiting areas must be respected and include ground markings and signage. The contactless check-in counters are also designed to limit the risks.

Mandatory mask

Masks are compulsory for everyone at the airport. The wearing of a mask is required at airports and on board, for the duration of the flight for all passengers, excluding children under 11 years. Failure to comply with this measure on board is considered an offense and will be subject to penalty. All our crew on board and on the ground are also equipped with surgical masks.

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Sanitary kit

Air Tahiti Nui provides customers with a health kit including 2 surgical masks, a bottle of hydroalcoholic gel and disinfectant wipes.

To ensure proper hygiene in airports, hydroalcoholic gel dispensers are also available throughout your journey.

Cleaning and disinfection measures

The hygiene on board is at the centre of our priorities. The procedure for cleaning and disinfecting our devices is reinforced at the start and at the finish of each route, using specific measures against the coronavirus. Thorough cleaning of our cabins and strict sanitary rules imposed on our various suppliers also allow us to limit the risks of contamination via our equipment and services on board.

During the flight, our crew are taking care of the cabins, with more frequent cleaning of all common areas using a specific disinfectant. As an example, our bathrooms are cleaned every 30 minutes. Passengers are requested to limit moving around the cabin as much as possible in order to maintain physical distance and the cleanliness of the cabins.

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Cabin air filtration

Our latest generation 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft are equipped with a high-performance air filtration system, effective for removing particles, bacteria and viruses. The cabin air flow does not circulate from one row to the other, and the air is renewed every 2 to 3 minutes.

This system is equipped with filters identical to those employed in hospitals and manage to capture and block up to 99.995% of bacteria and viruses in the cabin. This air purification system guarantees a significant reduction in the risk of contamination by air on board. However, to avoid any risk, we ask our passengers to wear a mask for the entire duration of the flight.

Hygiene on board

Simplified on-board services

The on-board catering offer has been simplified to limit contact. The aperitif and meal services are combined. Meals are provided in a single passage in all travel classes and concentrated in a single tray service, including desserts for Poerava Business class. The choice of wines and drinks is also reduced with the same purpose: limiting interactions and serving time. Finally, the choice of special meals is also limited to facilitate the service on board.

For the same purpose, the magazines on board have been removed, excluding the safety card - modified for single use only. However, a selection of press and magazines, in-flight magazines and meal service menus can be viewed on our entertainment system. The duty-free service on board is suspended. However, this service remains available at the airport shop upon your arrival in Tahiti