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Entry Requirements | Health & Safety Measures

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 dependant 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.

 

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.

 

* 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.

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.
  • 14 days after receiving your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.  Note:  for entry into France you will be considered fully vaccinated 28 days after receiving the single dose 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 dedicated hotel 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.

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.

flight crew cleaning screen with new hygiene measures
onbaord air filtration

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