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Travel Documents and Entry Conditions

Entry Requirements

Please find below, the entry requirements for all of our destinations.

 

Disclaimer: Please be aware that entry requirements are subject to change without notice, at Government discretion.   Air Tahiti Nui seeks to provide accurate information, however does not assume any liability. 

We recommend that passengers verify entry and pre-flight testing requirements on the relevant Government website and check the IATA Travel Centre website prior to booking their flight for up to date border entry/transit and travel requirements.

Entry and Stay Conditions - French Polynesia

Updated 16May22:

 

Conditions of entry to French Polynesia are slowing returning to normal but some restrictions remain.  Please take care to understand your obligations.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

French Polynesia welcomes both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors. Exception:  Unvaccinated visitors aged 12 years and older from an orange zone country (e.g. Australia) must present a Certificate of travel for compelling reasons and the supporting documents justifying the need for them to come to French Polynesia.  They must also complete a Sworn Statement committing to comply with the rules relating to entry into French Polynesia.

Note: it is important to note that where you enter/transit another country when travelling to/from French Polynesia you must comply with the vaccination requirements for that country. 

 

Pre-flight Testing

Fully vaccinated travellers do not have to provide a pre-departure test for COVID-19 to enter French Polynesia, however you must present proof of vaccination at flight check-in.

Note: If you enter/transit another country enroute to French Polynesia, OR you are travelling beyond French Polynesia to another country on a connecting flight refer to the conditions for that country and apply the most restrictive rule with respect to pre-departure COVID-19 test requirements.  

 

Unvaccinated (or incomplete vaccination schedule) resident and non-resident travellers aged twelve (12) years and older must provide :

  • proof of a negative supervised COVID-19 RT-PCR test performed within 72-hours of flight departure, or a negative supervised COVID-19 Antigen test performed within 48-hours of flight departure.

 

For visitors travelling to French Polynesia from a French National Territory or the European Union there is also the option to provide a certificate of recovery.   See below for exception for travel via USA.

  • a certificate of recovery (positive result of a RT-PCR or Antigen test carried out more than eleven days and less than six months previously). This certificate is only valid for a period of six months from the date of the examination or test.

 

Note: If you enter/transit another country enroute to French Polynesia, OR you are travelling beyond French Polynesia to another country on a connecting flight refer to the conditions for that country and apply the most restrictive rule with respect to pre-departure COVID-19 test requirements.  

For example:  if travelling via the USA to French Polynesia all travellers (vaccinated & unvaccinated) aged two (2) years and older must present a supervised negative RT-PCR or Antigen test result that is performed within 24 hours of flight departure. In addition, the certificate of recovery is only valid for 90 days after recovery from COVID-19, not 6 months when travelling via the USA.. 

 

Definition of Fully Vaccinated

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. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  In addition, the vaccination status for fully vaccinated travellers aged 18 years or older, will only remain complete 9 months after completing your vaccination schedule if the traveller receives an additional booster dose during this period. 

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 

 

We recommend that you verify before travel that your vaccination is accepted by the French Polynesian authorities. You can also visit Tahiti Tourisme and the State Services in French Polynesia website for more information.

 

Visa Information

French Polynesia entry restrictions vary by nationality and length of stay.  New Zealand and Australian valid passport holders (i.e. at least 6-months validity) do not require a tourist visa if staying for less than 3-months and provided they can present evidence relating to:

  • the purpose of your stay
  • your means of subsistence in French Polynesia
  • and your guarantee for repatriation
    (e.g. valid and adequate travel insurance, valid attestation, valid travel ticket to the usual residence country, etc)

 

Please note that if you are not a citizen of French Polynesia or France/European Union passport holder and French Polynesia is your end destination you will need a visa to enter the country on a one-way ticketThis will also apply to anyone who is planning on joining a yacht or commercial vessel (Maritime Agency Letter of Guarantee and Bond Letter required from an authorised Maritime Agency) in French Polynesia.  It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure that they possess all the necessary documentation before they can board the aircraft.  We would recommend that all visitors to French Polynesia visit the State Services for French Polynesia website to fully understand what documentation is needed.

Entry and Stay Conditions - USA

 

Entry requirements and quarantine restrictions to the United States of America are subject to both State and Federal provisions. 

 

Vaccination Requirements

All non-U.S. citizen, non-immigrant passengers aged 18 years and older arriving from a foreign country to the United States by air (including transit) must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and eligibility to fly to the USA.  There are some vaccination exemption criteria - for an extensive list of vaccination exemption criteria click here.  Other useful associated web links include:

 

Pre-flight Testing

All passengers aged two years of age or older who plan to enter/transit the United States must show proof of negative COVID-19 test (Antigen or RT-PCR) taken within 24 hours of flight departure, or documented proof of recovery* from COVID-19 within the last 90 days. You will find precise information on pre-flight COVID-19 test requirements, and quarantine and self-isolation procedures by US State by clicking on the links provided.

* Note: Documented proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 90 days will only apply for those with a transit/connecting flight where this is an accepted alternative to a test for COVID-19.

 

Mandatory Travel Declaration

All passengers must download and complete an Attestation for entry/transit into the USA.  To view the  Presidential Proclamation from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for unvaccinated non-citizen visitors please follow the link provided.

 

Visitor Visa

Australia and New Zealand passport holders, along with 37 other countries, qualify for the United States Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If you plan to visit the United States under the VWP, you must get an approved travel authorisation before your trip by registering for a Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) at least 72 hours before flight departure.  If you do not hold either an Australian or New Zealand passenger and you wish to establish whether you need a visa to enter the United States, please check here for your eligibility

 

Other useful links

 

Connecting Flights

Please ensure that you also familarise yourself with all travel conditions for each of your flights and transit city/country.  E.g. French Polynesia.  To assist you with this exercise please scroll to the bottom of the page or refer to our Pre-flight Checklist.

 

Testing in French Polynesia

If you have stopped in French Polynesia enroute to the U.S. and you need to submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding a flight to your next destination, this can be completed while in French Polynesia.  A test centre is located at Faa'a International Airport and is open between 3pm-8pm on flight operation days.  It is recommended that you pre-register for this antigen test. At least two-days before your flight departure contact departure@ilm.pf with your last name, first name, date of birth and the file number (label affixed to your passport) obtained when you arrived in French Polynesia.  Click here for more information.

Passengers can also obtain a test at the Louis Malardé Institute in Papeete.  Hours of operation are 7:30am to 1:00pm Monday through Friday, and 7:30am to 12:00pm on Saturdays.  An appointment is not necessary.

On the island of Moorea, a test can be obtained at the Moorea Laboratory. Hours of operation are 7:00am to 11:00am Monday through Friday, and 7:00am to 10:00am on Saturdays. To book an appointment click here.

For more information on testing in French Polynesia please click here.

Entry and Stay Conditions - France

 

For the latest information on entry conditions and vaccination status requirements for foreign nationals please visit the French Diplomacy and French Interior Ministry websites for visitors to France.  For details on the latest health measures while in France please click here

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

France welcomes both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors.  Exception:  Unvaccinated visitors aged 12 years and older from an orange zone country (e.g. Australia) must present a Certificate of travel for compelling reasons and the supporting documents justifying the need for them to come to mainland France.  

Note: it is important to note that where you enter/transit another country when travelling to/from France you must comply with the vaccination requirements for that country. 

 

Pre-flight Testing

Fully vaccinated travellers do not have to provide a pre-departure test for COVID-19 to enter France.  You must present proof of vaccination at flight check-in.

All unvaccinated travellers aged twelve (12) years and older must provide one of the following:

  • proof of a negative supervised COVID-19 RT-PCR test performed within 72-hours of flight departure, or a negative supervised COVID-19 Antigen test performed within 48-hours of flight departure. OR
  • a certificate of recovery (positive result of a RT-PCR or Antigen test carried out more than eleven days and less than six months previously). This certificate is only valid for a period of six months from the date of the examination or test.

 

Note: If you enter/transit another country enroute to France refer to the conditions for that country and apply the most restrictive rule.   For example:  if travelling via the USA to France all travellers (vaccinated & unvaccinated) aged two (2) years and older must present a supervised negative RT-PCR or Antigen test result that is performed within 24 hours of flight departure.  

 

Travelling to France via the United States

Please ensure that you also familarise yourself with all travel conditions for each of your flights and transit city/country.  If travelling to France via the United States (E.g. AKL-PPT-LAX-CDG) you must obtain the following necessary transit visa at least 72 hours before flight departure and comply with COVID-19 specific legislation.

 

Testing after arrival in France

When unvaccinated travelers come from a country on the "orange" list, they must continue to present a compelling reason justifying the need for them to come to mainland France and may still be subject to a random test on arrival. Travellers who test positive will have to isolate themselves, in accordance with the recommendations of the Health Insurance.

 

Health measures while in France

Wearing a mask is no longer compulsory in establishments open to the public, with the exception of health or care facilities (in particular hospitals, pharmacies, or even laboratories of medical biology) in which it remains required for caregivers, patients and visitors.

From Monday May 16, it will no longer be compulsory on all public transport (metro, bus, train, plane, taxis).

Obtaining a Health Pass for use in France 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. 

Entry and Stay Conditions - New Zealand
 

The New Zealand border is now open to New Zealand citizens, Australian citizens or permanent residents, eligible critical worker visa holders, temporary worker and student visa holders who still meet their visa requirements, travellers from Visa Waiver Countries, and existing holders of valid visitor visas.  All except New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and Australian citizens who normally reside in New Zealand must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

For other visitors the key dates are:

  • 16 May 2022: Apply for a New Zealand visitor visa from a Pacific Island Forum country (excluding Australia).
  • 4 July 2022: Applications for work visas open, including the Accredited Employer work visa.
  • 31 July 2022: Applications for visitor visa and student visas open.

 

To learn more about the reopening for other visitors and check your eligibility to enter Aotearoa New Zealand please click here.

Other useful links include the New Zealand Government's Unite against COVID website, New Zealand's current COVID-19 Protection Framework, the New Zealand Ministry of Health website.

 

Vaccination Requirements

Most non-New Zealand citizens aged 17 years and older must meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements before travelling to New Zealand by air.  This also applies to transit passengers.  To learn more about these requirements and your eligibility for entry please click here.   

 

Mandatory Travel Declaration

An online New Zealand Traveller Declaration must be completed by all travellers, including transit passengers and New Zealand citizens/permanent residents, to obtain a Traveller Pass. You need to provide a copy of the Traveller Pass at your flight check-in and can start the application up to 28 days before you fly.  You will need to provide your passport details, flight information, proof of vaccination (if required), travel history for 14 days prior to arrival in New Zealand, contact details in New Zealand, emergency contact details and proof of a pre-departure test unless you are exempt.  You can return to the declaration after you start completing it.  There is no charge for the Traveller Pass.  

If, for whatever reason, passengers are unable to complete an online New Zealand traveller declaration (NZTD) then a manual paper-based process will apply.  Click here for a downloadable form. 

 

Pre-flight Testing

A negative COVID-19 test is required to board your flight to New Zealand for all passengers aged 2 years and older. This can be a RT-PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before your scheduled flight departure, or a rapid antigen test or a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test - both of which must be taken within 24 hours of your flight departure.  Downloadable form for completion click here. We recommend that you stay up to date with these testing requirements by clicking here before you board your flight.   

Transit passengers who remain in transit for less than 24 hours do not need a pre-departure test but you must meet the conditions of your next destination or you will not be eligible to transit New Zealand.

Please also ensure that you also familarise yourself with all travel conditions for each of your flights and transit city/country by reviewing our Pre-flight Checklist.

 

Testing after arrival in New Zealand

Fully vaccinated and eligible travellers entering New Zealand must take 2 rapid antigen tests (RAT) after they arrive in the country.  The tests are taken on Day 0/1 and again on Day 5/6.  Find out what you need to do by clicking here.  

 

NZeTa or Visitor Visa

To visit New Zealand, you need either an NZeTA or a Visitor Visa - unless you're an Australian citizen.  Most people visiting the country must pay an NZD35 International Visitor Levy (IVL).  This will be paid at the same time you pay for your NZeTA or Visitor Visa.  Before you make a booking to New Zealand you need to learn about the following:

  • Immigration and visa requirements
  • How to request an NZeTA via website or mobile app
    Note: the name used on the NZeTA must match the machine-readable part of the passport.  For a married woman who has both names on the passport, it is mandatory to use the MAIDEN name.
  • Biosecurity and customs regulations

 

Valid Passport

Every visitor to New Zealand must have:

  • A passport that is valid for 3 months beyond the date of return, or
  • A passport that is valid for 1 month beyond the date you intend to depart New Zealand, if the issuing government has consular representation in New Zealand that is able to issue and renew travel documents.

 

Transit Passengers

If you are a transit passenger please visit the Immigration New Zealand website for more information. 

 

Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ)

Managed Isolation and quarantine (MIQ) will be used in limited circumstances, by some refugees, maritime crew and some international aircrew.  To learn more including how to book your stay if required, please click here

 

Entry and Stay Conditions - Australia

Australia's immigration and border controls have been modified to protect the country from COVID-19 and are regularly reviewed.  For information applicable to entry conditions applicable for your visit we recommend that you visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

 

Entry into Australia - Visa Requirements

Australian passport holders do not need a visa to enter Australia.  New Zealand passport holders can travel to Australia without a visa and obtain a visa at the airport upon their arrival in Australian.  All other passport holders need the right visa to enter Australia.  You must obtain your visa before you travel to Australia.  You may also need a visa to transit through Australia to another destination.  To find out what type of visa you need, please use the Visa Finder tool located on the website of the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs.

To learn about security checks you will experience at an Australian airport you can visit the TravelSECURE website.

Other useful links:  COVID-19 and the Border

 

Vaccination Status

To travel into and out of Australia, travellers must provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status. To learn more about the requirements based on your vaccination status, including whether you may be eligible for a travel exemption, please click here.

 

Pre-departure Testing

Australia does not require you to undertake any pre-departure COVID-19 testing to enter, leave or transit Australia however you may be required to take a COVID-19 test soon after arriving due to differing state and territory restrictions. For more information see State and territory arrival requirements.  Please ensure that you also familarise yourself with all travel conditions for each of your flights and transit city/country.  To assist you with this exercise please refer to our Pre-flight Checklist and individual country restrictions.

 

Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD)

All passengers arriving by air into Australia must complete the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) between 72 hours and 7 days before your departure for Australia.  You will be asked to provide your health information and a declaration of your vaccination status. 

 

For information on entry and visa restrictions based on the nationality and purpose of the visit to Japan we would recommend that you check with the nearest Japanese Consulate or visit the website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Japan.  Special border enforcement measures are currently in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Check-in for your flight 3 hours before departure. Our counters close 1 hour before flight departure.

Travel Documents

It is the passenger's responsibility to obtain and carry all required valid documents for your travel (i.e. passport, entry permits, vaccinations etc) and sufficient funds to cover the length of your stay. You must check the expiration dates on all documents and renew them if needed.

If your itinerary includes a flight not operated by Air Tahiti Nui (including codeshare flights) you should check to see if the operating airline has any vaccination requirements.  For example, if travelling from Australia or New Zealand on a flight operated by Qantas or Air New Zealand you need to comply with their conditions of carriage. 

Always make certain that the name on your Air Tahiti Nui flight ticket matches the name on your passport.  It is also advisable that any accompanying documentation also matches the name on your passport and that you identify yourself by the nationality on your passport.

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Your passport must be valid for the required time beyond your travel dates. Be advised, some countries require a passport to be valid for six month beyond the date of departure.

Please note, because travel documents required for entry are subject to change without warning, it is advisable that you check with the consulate of each country on your itinerary or consult with your travel arranger before departure.  Each passenger is solely responsible for understanding and possessing the correct documents for legally travelling to the countries served by Air Tahiti Nui.  Alternatively you could check the IATA Travel Centre to see what documentation you will need.

 

 

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Tickets

It is recommended that you keep your Air Tahiti Nui e-ticket receipt with you as it may be requested at the check-in counter or by customs officials as proof that you hold a return or onward ticket.   

Unaccompanied Minor Travel

As of January 15, 2017, any child aged under 18-years of age planning to travel without their parents or legal guardian must be in possession of an authorisation to travel document before they will be permitted to leave French Territory, including French Polynesia. 

This authorisation is applicable to all minors residing in France or French Polynesia, irrespective of their nationality.  During their journey, the minor must be provided with:

  • a valid passport
  • authorisation to leave the territory
  • a photocopy of the identity document of the legal guardian who signed the exit authorisation
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Please note: No other document (e.g. family record book) should be required when the minor crosses the French territorial border, even if the minor does not have the same last name as the legal guardian who signed the authorisation.

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