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.


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.

Conditions of entrance to French Polynesia



Before departure, we invite you to check the conditions of entry and stay in French Polynesia with the High Commission of the Republic in French Polynesia.

We remind you that this information is subject to change without notice according to the regulations in force. For more information, please consult the official websites of the High Commission of French Polynesia, the Tahiti Tourisme, the Polynesian Health Department, the Ministry of the Interior and the American authorities Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Entry requirements from Paris to Tahiti via Los Angeles


Travel checklist from Paris 

Are you going to Tahiti soon? 

For all travel from Paris to Papeete, please see our Paris to Papeete travel checklist for a summary of the documents that will be inspected at check-in if you are traveling from the United Kingdom. 

For more information, please visit the official « Tahiti Tourisme » website.



Entry requirements from Los Angeles to Tahiti

Travel checklist from Los Angeles 

Are you going to Tahiti soon?

For all travel from Los Angeles to Papeete, please see our Los Angeles to Papeete travel checklist.

For more information, please visit the official « Tahiti Tourisme » website.



The US Government has announced the end of COVID-19 vaccination requirements for international air travelers effective May 12, 2023. Further details regarding the end of these requirements will be provided in the coming days.



CDC rules for Covid-19 testing:

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

Update 05JAN23:  The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) requires air passengers travelling from China, Hong Kong or Macau to the United States to present a negative COVID-19 viral test no more than 2 days before your flight or documented recovery from COVID-19 before they board their fight. Click here for the official news release update and precise information on this pre-flight testing restriction.  These passengers must also complete an Attestation that confirms the information they present is true. 


Mandatory Travel Declaration

Non-US citizens and non-immigrants aged two years and older seeking to enter the United States 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 passport and you wish to establish whether you need a visa to enter the United States, please check here for your eligibility


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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.  

Flight Checklist from LAX to Paris

View our departure check list from LAX to Paris

In all cases, the usual travel restrictions apply (visas, duration of stay, etc.).

For more information, please view official page of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs:

Disclaimer: Please be aware that entry requirements are subject to change without notice, at government discretion. Air Tahiti Nui seeks to provide accurate and correct information. However, the airline does not assume any liability. Passengers may wish to verify entry requirements on the respective government website.


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 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 to find out if you need one. 

In addition, since October 20, 2022, travelers are no longer required to complete the NZTD Travel Declaration within 28 days of departure to New Zealand. However, it should be noted that the NZTD will be required again starting from June 21, 2023. 
For further information, please visit the New Zealand Traveller Declaration website.

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.


Who will have to pay the IVL?

All passengers (including connecting passengers) EXCEPT:
•    Passengers who are nationals or residents of New Zealand, Australia and certain Pacific Island nations.
•    Transit passengers


What is the difference between a transit passenger and a connecting passenger?

You are a transit passenger if your itinerary to an international destination on a single ticket includes a stopover of less than 24 hours in the Auckland transit lounge or on board the aircraft.

You are a connecting passenger if you are travelling on different tickets to each destination and need to collect and check in your baggage during the transfer in Auckland.

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.

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).

Effective April 29, 2023 (00:00), the Japanese government has announced the lifting of COVID-19 prevention measures for international travellers arriving in Japan. According to the announcement, it will no longer be necessary to present a three-dose vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test result. 

For further information, please visit the websites of the Embassy of Japan in France and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.

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).