Updated : 18 June, 2021
Reopening of Borders to Tourism
Flights have resumed between Los Angeles and Papeete from May 2nd.
However, the entrance requirements and application procedure has changed from June 10th. For flights departing from June 24th onwards, all passengers must complete the new approval process via the ETIS platform and Health Application, confirming vaccination.
Non-vaccinated and those who are immunized by a previous Covid-19 infection, must complete a separate “Administrative Application".
All application forms must be completed between 30-6 days prior to travel.
Exact details for Entrance are found in the MUST-READ Entrance Requirements for French Polynesia shown below. It is critical that all passengers read the Conditions of Entrance to French Polynesia as well as the CDC Entrance Requirements to the US, as shown below. If these sections are not read Boarding of the Aircraft may not be possible.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Air Tahiti Nui call center, which may be reached PDT, Monday – Friday, 7:00AM-5:30PM PDT, Saturday - Sunday, 9:00AM-1:00PM PDT, at +1 (877)-824-4846 or by email at email@example.com.
Tahiti Opens May 1st, Paris August 3rd – Tokyo and Auckland remain suspended
The Islands of Tahiti are open to travel from the United States effective May 1st, 2021. Anyone travelling from the US to Papeete, including non US citizens, must have been in the US for the preceding 30 days, in addition to other requirements as noted on the Entry to French Polynesia tab below.
Paris and the EU remain closed due to Government directives for travel from the US, as does the US remain closed for most travel from the EU. LAX-Paris ATN flights are open for sale from August 3rd, subject to US/EU directives. Flights up to August 2nd have been cancelled due to Government restrictions.
Flights from Papeete to Auckland and Tokyo, again due to Government directives, are suspended through to October 29th, 2021.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRANCE TO FRENCH POLYNESIA - VACCINATION REQUIRED FROM MAY 1ST
French Polynesia has been very successful in combatting Covid-19. Vaccination of the local population is under way and new cases are minimal. The CDC ranking is in the yellow tier, the lowest of the four tiers, ranked as “Low”.
In order to prevent the introduction of new strains of Covid-19, to eradicate Covid-19 completely, to protect the local population and to provide visitors with the best possible vacation experience, the re-opening of the International borders, are subject to the conditions listed below:
If entering French Polynesia from the United States, only persons from the US, France, EU countries, United Kingdom, Israel, Lebanon, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or other “Green zone”* countries, and “Orange Zone” (Canada), irrespective of nationality, who have been in the United States for the preceding 15 continuous days prior to their departure, and residents of French Polynesia on their return flight may be accepted onboard flights originating in the United States to French Polynesia.
Full Vaccination (and minors up to the age and including the age of 17 with vaccinated parents, legal guardian)
- Proof of "complete vaccination schedule" – (CDC vaccination card, ETIS Sanitary Receipt). For children up to and including the age of 17, if travelling with their parents or official legal guardian, they are not required to be vaccinated and may enter the country with their parents/legal guardian.
- A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.
- A person is considered fully vaccinated 28 days after receiving the dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
- A negative laboratory RT-PCR test three days before departure, age 11 and older.
- Between 30 to 6 days prior to departure register on the ETIS online platform. First complete the Health Form section, uploading a copy of your Vaccination Certificate, and receive a receipt via email. Then complete the remainder of the ETIS Application and receive by email an ETIS receipt.
Must Have Documents for Airport check in are :
The ETIS receipt copies, the negative RT-PCR test result and valid Passport. It is recommended to carry a copy of the vaccination document.
No quarantine on arrival needed.
- Upon arrival an antigen test will be given for all passengers 6 years and older. If the test is positive, a 10-day quarantine at the traveler’s expense may be required.**
- Children 6 and older, on arrival will be given a self-test kit to be used 4 days and if still in country, 8 days after arrival. Hand this in at the hotel.
For travelers who 1.) have already been infected by Covid-19, or who 2.) are not vaccinated or who 3.) have stayed less than 15 days in the US, France, EU countries, United Kingdom, Israel, Lebanon, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or other “Green zone”* countries irrespective of nationality: Mandatory quarantine is required upon arrival for 10 days in Tahiti at the expense of the traveler in Government assigned properties. (Except for 1. returning students, 2. residents who are returning medical evacuees and their companion, and 3. those who have recovered from Covid-19 and have been fully vaccinated after 6 months of recovery).
- A negative laboratory RT-PCR test three days before departure, which must be presented at departure.
- Between 30 to 6 days prior to departure register on the ETIS online platform. Complete first the “Administrative Application” Note Family, Health and Work justification for entry. Receive by email the administrative receipt.
- After that is completed, then complete the ETIS Application. This application must be submitted for each passenger (including children) and is valid for both the inbound and outbound flight if both are filled out in the application. Receive by email an ETIS receipt.
- After completion of point 2 and 3 above, receive at least 2 days prior to departure a Boarding Authorization from the High Commission.
Must Have Documents for Airport check in are :
The ETIS receipt, the "Administrative Application" authorization receipt, the negative RT-PCR test result and a valid Passport.
Quarantine on arrival needed for 10 days at Government approved property.
- Upon arrival an antigen test will be given for age 6 and above.
- Mandatory quarantine for 10 days in Tahiti, except returning resident students and returning residents medical evacuee and their companion.
- RT-PCR test at day 4 and 8.
- Release from quarantine after day 10 assuming negative infection.
Prior to boarding – INFORMATION ON THE RT-PCR TEST REQUIRED:
- 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 11 years 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 laboratory molecular RT-PCR. All molecular tests proposed with the abbreviations below* are accepted:
- *RT-PCR = reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction
- *RT = reverse transcriptase
- *RT-LAMP = loop-mediated isothermal amplification
- *TMA = Transcription Mediated Amplification
- *Isothermal amplification
- *STAR = Selective Temperature Amplification Reaction
- 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, Home 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.
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
- Required travel insurance or sign a declaration assuming all associated medical, confinement, or repatriation costs, should they fall ill during their stay.
Customers who fail to comply with any of the above mandatory health measures will not be allowed to board.
Full details are posted on the Tahiti Tourisme website found here: https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/?
* "Green Zone" as defined by the European Union
** Please note that at some undetermined time in the future the Covid-19 tests upon arrival and during the stay will be at travelers' expense. The start date of these charges will be advised when known. Rates will be:
- 5,000XPF for vaccinated and immunized travelers
- 12,000XPF for other travelers
CDC ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS TO THE US
CDC rules for Covid-19 testing:
Prior to departure (returning in United States only)
- Beginning January 26, 2021, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all passengers 2 years of age or older on a flight to the United States, regardless of their immunization status, to present at check-in :
- A negative result from a Covid-19 viral test carried out within 3 days prior to their international flight
- Or, in the case of a previous Covid-19 infection within the last 90 days prior to departure, a positive viral test result, along with an official letter from a physician indicating that the passenger has made a full recovery and is authorized to travel
- The CDC Covid-19 test required is a viral test of any of the following:
The test must be a viral test. The following types of viral COVID-19 tests can be used: Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) In addition to NAAT, phrases indicating a NAAT† could include, but are not limited to: • Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) • Quantitative PCR (qPCR) • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) • Molecular test or molecular diagnostic test • Isothermal amplification • Droplet Digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR) • Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)
- Self-testing kits ordered from emed (https://www.emed.com/airline-travel) are now approved for use by the CDC. These will be accepted by Air Tahiti Nui, within the CDC guidelines found on the emed website. The test type is the Abbott's BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag test detecting active COVID-19 infections and FDA authorized home test for SARS-CoV-2. These test kits must be ordered in the United States prior to departure.
- Testing locations prior to departure from Papeete offering the approved tests. For travelers who could not carry out their test before reaching the international airport, antigenic testing is available at Tahiti Faa’a Airport. Hours of operation from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on every day of an International flight to the United States.
- To perform the test as fast as possible it is recommended to make a reservation at least two days prior to the return flight. Please click here to see information on this.
Passengers may also obtain a test at the Louis Malardé Institute In Papeete. Their website address is listed here https://www.ilm.pf/ and their hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays. Appointment not necessary.
For passengers on the island of Moorea, a test may be obtained at The Moorea Laboratory open 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. To make an appointment, please visit https://covidtestingtahiti.simplybook.me/v2/.
For more information please click HERE.
The exact details of the CDC requirement may be found by clicking here.
AIR TAHITI NUI FLIGHT SCHEDULE
Air Tahiti Nui has finalized its flight schedule between Los Angeles and Papeete for the months of May, 2021 thru October, 2021. Between May 1st, 2021 - July 5th, 2021, LAX-PPT-LAX flights will be operated by TN111/TN02 per the schedule below. Due to government restrictions not yet lifted between Europe and the US, all TN007/008 flights via LAX to Paris and Papeete have been withdrawn through August 2nd, 2021.
The schedules for June 17th, 2021 onwards are now confirmed as below:
Flight Schedule: June 17, 2021 – August 2, 2021*
*Schedules subject to change.
Flight Schedule: From August 3, 2021*
*Schedules subject to change.
Flight Schedule: From October 29, 2021*
*Schedules subject to change.
To download this schedule in PDF format, click here
As flight schedules may change, please contact your travel provider or Air Tahiti Nui Reservations to reconfirm your itinerary.
Please watch for updates via email as well as our website, http://www.airtahitinui.com
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.
Masks are compulsory for everyone at the airport. In compliance with the current USDOT ruling, applicable for flights to and from the US, the wearing of a surgical mask is required on board, for the entire duration of the flights and for all passengers above the age of 2. For all other ATN flights, the wearing of a sugical mask is required for children above the age of 11. Failure to comply with this measure on board is considered an offense and will be subject to penalty. All our crews on board and on the ground are also equipped with surgical masks.
Air Tahiti Nui provides its 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.
Reinforced cleaning and disinfection measures
The hygiene on board is at the center 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 crews are taking care of the cabins, with more frequent cleaning of all common areas using a specific disinfectant. Passengers are requested to limit their movements on board as much as possible in order to maintain physical distance and the cleanliness of the cabins.
Cabin air filtration
Our latest generation 787-9 Dreamliner aircrafts 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 in order 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 Business class. The choice of wines and drinks is also reduced with the same purpose: limiting interactions and serving time.
For the same purpose, the magazines on board are removed, excluding the safety sheet, modified for single use only. However, a selection of press and magazines, in-flight magazines and meal service menus can be viewed on our on-board entertainment system.
The duty-free service on board is suspended. However, this service remains available at the airport shop upon your arrival in Tahiti.