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Travel Documents and Entry Requirements

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Travel Documents

It is your responsibility to obtain and carry all required valid documents for your travel (passport, entry regulations, vaccinations,  visas…) and sufficient funds to cover the length of your stay. You must check the expiration dates of these documents and renew them if necessary.

Always make sure that the way your name appears on the Air Tahiti Nui airline ticket matches your passport. It is also advisable that the other documentation you carry matches your passport name and that you identify yourself by the nationality on your passport.

Make sure your passport is valid for the required time beyond your travel dates. Be advised, certain countries require a passport to be valid for six months beyond the date of departure.

Please note, as travel documents required for entry are subject to modification without notice, it is advisable to check with the consulate of each country on your itinerary or to consult with your travel arranger before departure. Each passenger is solely responsible for understanding and possessing the correct documents for legally traveling to the countries serviced by Air Tahiti Nui.

Don't forget: Check-in required 3 hours before departure. Check-in closes one hour before departure.

Tickets

It is recommended to keep your Air Tahiti Nui e-ticket receipt with you, as it might be requested at the check-in counter or by Customs officials as proof of your return travel.

All passengers with paper tickets must be in possession of the ticket issued by Air Tahiti Nui or travel agent.

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Traveling Minors

As of January 15, 2017, any minor aged under 18 years old planning to travel without his or her parents or legal guardian must be in possession of an authorization to travel form to leave the French Territory, including French Polynesia. 
This authorization is applicable to all minors residing in France or French Polynesia, irrespective of their nationality.
During his or her journey, the minor must be provided with:

  • His or her passport
  • Authorization to leave the original territory,
  • A photocopy of the identity document of the legal guardian who signed the exit authorization.

 

Please note :

No other document (for example: family record book) should be required when the minor crosses the French territory border, even if the latter does not have the same surname as the parent who signed the authorization.

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Entry Requirements

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

Any foreign citizen who is not a citizen of the European Union must be prepared to present at the customs border a passport whose expiration date must be at least 3 months after the date of the planned stay.

French Polynesia has reopened to international tourism effective from July 15th, 2020. The Government has established strict entry requirements. These conditions of entry and stay in the country are applicable to all travelers arriving by air (except Covid-19 testing, children 10 and under exempt).

Starting from July 15th, 2020:

  • Quarantine measures will be lifted and French Polynesia’s borders will re-open to international tourism from all countries. All travelers (except Covid-19 testing, children 10 and under exempt) will be subject to the following mandatory conditions.
    • Prior to boarding:
      • Proof of a negative Covid-19 test (RT-PCR) molecular laboratory test, carried out within three days prior to their Air Tahiti Nui international air departure (e.g. if the flight departs on a Tuesday at 10:30 PM, the passenger needs to take the test the preceding Saturday).
      • RT-PCR Covid-19 test is mandatory for all passengers 11years of age or older. The test has to be a molecular SARS-CoV-2 genome detection for Covid-19 by Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed by a qualified professional.
      • The document with the results of this test must clearly state:
        • A negative result
        • Test type being RT-PCR
        • Date test taken
        • Name of individual/passenger
        • The medical document must be issued by a Doctor, Hospital or Medical Clinic and must be presented to airline staff upon check-in prior to boarding the flight to French Polynesia.
           

Please note that Antigen, Antibody, Self-Testing or Rapid Tests of any kind, including rapid RT-PCR tests such as the Abbott ID NOW are not accepted by the Health Authorities of French Polynesia and aircraft boarding will be denied.

If a passenger presents at ATN departure proof of having taken an RT-PCR laboratory test within three days, but does not have the result of that test, a rapid antigen negative test result may be accepted. The traveler must present a medical document, clearly identifying when and where the RT-PCR test was taken and a medical document showing the negative rapid antigen test, taken on the day of the ATN departure.

The list of tests accepted to enter French Polynesia can be found on the website of Tahiti Tourisme. Click here to consult the list of approved and non-approved tests.

 

Information on where to get a Covid-19 test within the Southern California area, or the rest of the US can be found on this webpage: https://www.airtahitinui.com/us-en/covid-19-testing-entry-french-polynesia-0
 

  • Complete the online Heath Document Etis.pf and obtain a receipt and authorization to travel. Present the receipt of the health registration from the Etis.pf platform (Electronic Travel Information System). A printout of this authorization receipt must be presented upon check-in together with the test results in order to be able to board the flight to French Polynesia and these documents will need to be presented upon arrival at Tahiti’s Faa’a international airport and carried with you while in Polynesia.
  • A traceability form distributed during the flight should be filled up and kept and carried with you while in Polynesia.
  • Required travel insurance or sign a declaration assuming all associated medical, confinement, or repatriation costs, should they fall ill during their stay.
  • During the stay:
    • Self-test 4 days after arrival in The Islands of Tahiti. Click here to view instructional video.
    • In addition, all passengers over 11 years of age will be given a kit and will be required to carry out a self-sampling test four days after arrival and return it within the time limit and place indicated on the materials provided.

 

Full details are posted on the Tahiti Tourisme website found here: https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/?

 
Customers who fail to comply with any of the above mandatory health measures will not be allowed to board.

Travelers from the 38 Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries * who are seeking to travel to the United States and stay for a maximum of 90 days, will have to apply for an approved travel authorization prior to departure, on the following secure website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov

Any ESTA authorization request must be submitted at least 72 hours before the flight departure. Instant approvals are no longer available. The Electronic Travel Authorization System usually returns the status of an ESTA request within 72 hours. It is recommended for the applicant to check the status of his application via the official ESTA website.
 
As a reminder, the passenger is solely responsible for complying with all laws, regulations, orders, demands and travel requirements of countries to be flown from, into or over (in transit).
Once granted, and unless revoked, a travel authorization is valid for two years from the date of authorization, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. Travelers are thus requested to keep with them a printed version of their authorization for every travel or transit in the United States. It is highly recommended to update your authorization before each travel to the United States by using the application number you have been given on the ESTA website.

Passport Requirements: As per a recent US law, all passengers eligible to travel under Visa Waiver Program MUST have an e-passport to enter or transit through the United States on or after April 1, 2016. An e-Passport, denoted by the symbol    on the passport cover, is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip. If your passport is not identified by the symbol described above, you have to make a visa application with the Embassy of the United States, or renew your passport.

Click here for links to websites for Visitors Visa's and general information on United States.

As Entry Requirements and Customs Regulations are subject to change without notice, always check with your travel arranger and/or the proper authorities before traveling internationally. It is the responsibility of each passenger to carry the proper travel documentation and to meet the entry conditions of each country on their itinerary.

*Andorra  -  Australia  -  Austria -  Belgium  -  Brunei  -  Chile  - CzechRepublic -  Denmark -  Estonia -  Finland -  France -  Germany - Greece -   Hungary -  Iceland -  Ireland -  Italy -  Japan -  Latvia -  Liechtenstein -   Lithuania -   Luxembourg  - Malta  -  Monaco -  Netherlands -   New Zealand -   Norway -  Portugal -   San Marino -   Singapore -   Slovakia -   Slovenia -   South Korea -   Spain -   Sweden -   Switzerland -   Taiwan -  United Kingdom

 

All foreign travelers who are not Schengen citizens must present a valid passport, issued less than 10 years ago and valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of stay. No visa is required for citizens of the following countries for stays of up to 90 days: United States, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Switzerland, Britain and countries of the European Union. Australia citizens do need a visa that can be obtained from the French consulate. Citizens of other countries can obtain visas from their nearest French tourist office or consulate.

As Entry Requirements and Customs Regulations are subject to change without notice, always check with your travel arranger and/or the proper authorities before traveling internationally. It is the responsibility of each passenger to carry the proper travel documentation and to meet the entry conditions of each country to be flown from, into or over (in transit).

See the Los Angeles Entry Requirements tab if your flight to France includes a stopover or a transit in Los Angeles (US). 

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 after you have left, but only if your passport was issued by a country that has a New Zealand embassy or consulate that issues passports.

NEW REQUIREMENTS TO TRAVEL TO  NEW ZEALAND

New travel rules for New Zealand

The New Zealand Government has introduced a new travel requirement for some visitors and transit passengers. It’s called the NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) and travellers need to request theirs via the official mobile app or website. 

The NZeTA is required for travel from 1 October 2019. 

Before you travel to New Zealand, check if you need an NZeTA. You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL).

Visit immigration.govt.nz/nzeta to find out if you need one. 

Who needs an ETA?

•    visiting or in transit from a visa waiver country — that is, a country whose passport holders do not need to get a visa before they arrive in New Zealand
•    travelling on a passport from a transit visa waiver country*, and you will be in transit through Auckland International Airport’s transit lounge, on the way to another country 
•    a permanent resident of Australia.

New Zealand and Australian passport holders and travellers who hold a valid New Zealand visa do not need an NZeTA.

When to request an NZeTA and pay your IVL?

 From August 2019, you have 2 ways to apply for your NZeTA and pay your IVL :
 
1. Download the New Zealand immigration » app to your mobile phone.
2. Complete the form on «  New Zealand Immigration » website
 
Request your NZeTA well in advance of your trip to New Zealand. It can take us up to 72 hours to approve your NZeTA.

Validity and cost: 

An NZeTA will last up to 2 years and cost NZD $9.00 for mobile application requests and NZD $12.00 for web browser requests.

International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL)

•    The IVL will be introduced alongside the NZeTA and will cost NZD $35.00.
•    Once paid, the IVL will last as long as the ETA is valid. It will be payable on application for a visa or NZeTA from August 2019.
•    Australian permanent residents will need to hold an ETA but will not be required to pay for an IVL.

Important questions:

I need a visa to travel to New Zealand (e.g.: Student or Working Holiday Visas…). What do I need to do if I am arriving in New Zealand after 1 August 2019?
If you apply for a visa after August 1 2019, you might be charged the IVL fee along with your application fee for the visa. If you have applied for a visa before August 1 2019, the IVL is not payable, even if you are arriving after August 1 2019.
 
What do I need to do if I do not need a visa to travel to New Zealand before October 1, 2019 (visa-waiver* citizen) and I am not Australian?
There are no changes to travel or entry requirements prior to September 30, 2019.
 
What do I need to do if I do not need a visa to travel to New Zealand on or after October 1, 2019 (visa-waiver* citizen) and I am not Australian?
You have to hold an NZeTA or you will not be able to board your aircraft. When you apply for an NZeTA you may be charged the IVL alongside your application fee (the application system will automatically check if you are liable or exempt).
 
What do I need to do if I have already booked my trip to New-Zealand?
You will be able to request your ETA and pay your IVL from August, and before the NZeTA becomes mandatory on 1 October 2019. 

I have got both my maiden and my married names on my passport. What name should I use when applying for an NZeTA ?
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.

For more information click here: www.immigration.govt.nz/nzeta

*Andorra  -  Australia  -  Austria -  Belgium  -  Brunei  -  Chile  - CzechRepublic -  Denmark -  Estonia -  Finland -  France -  Germany - Greece -   Hungary -  Iceland -  Ireland -  Italy -  Japan -  Latvia -  Liechtenstein -   Lithuania -   Luxembourg  - Malta  -  Monaco -  Netherlands -   New Zealand -   Norway -  Portugal -   San Marino -   Singapore -   Slovakia -   Slovenia -   South Korea -   Spain -   Sweden -   Switzerland -   Taiwan -  United Kingdom

Every visitor to Australia must have a passport, Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or non-electronic label visa, proof of onward or return ticket, and sufficient funds. An ETA or non-electronic label visa is required for tourist or business stays of up to 3 months. An ETA is an electronically stored authority to travel to Australia. Application forms are available from participating travel agencies or online or by contacting an Australian visa office.

The Australian Government has developed a new traveler-friendly website, TravelSECURE, to help you to navigate the security checks at the airport quickly and easily and to ensure you are adequately prepared for your trip. TravelSECURE is an easy-to-use resource that consolidates traveler and transport security information, videos and fact sheets in one easy-to-find place. The site includes information about prohibited items, passenger and baggage screening, and liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) restrictions. Travelers will also find recommendations about traveling with children, laptops, medicines and sports equipment. Key pages from TravelSECURE have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish to ensure greater accessibility.

Visit TravelSECURE website for more information.

As Entry Requirements and Customs Regulations are subject to change without notice, always check with your travel arranger and/or the proper authorities before traveling internationally. It is the responsibility of each passenger to carry the proper travel documentation and to meet the entry conditions of each country to be flown from, into or over (in transit).

Every visitor to Japan must have a valid passport. Visas are often required depending on the nationality and purpose of the visit. Check with your travel arranger or the nearest Japanese consulate.

As Entry Requirements and Customs Regulations are subject to change without notice, always check with your travel arranger and/or the proper authorities before traveling internationally. It is the responsibility of each passenger to carry the proper travel documentation and to meet the entry conditions of each country to be flown from, into or over (in transit).