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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.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRANCE TO FRENCH POLYNESIA - VACCINATION REQUIRED FROM MAY 1ST

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 Canada, France, EU countries, United Kingdom, Israel, Lebanon, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or other “Green zone”* countries, who have been in their Green zone country for the preceding 15 continuous days, and residents of French Polynesia on their return flight, may be accepted for boarding.

If entering French Polynesia from an “Orange Zone” country, including persons from the United States, irrespective of nationality, they must be in the United States for the preceding 15 continuous days prior to their departure.

(In addition to these entry requirements, the following measures are in place between October 5th and October 17th, 2021 as a Covid-19 safeguard: 

  • A curfew from 9:00 PM each night to 4:00 am the next morning for many Islands. During these night time hours guests must remain on Hotel or personal home property (The curfew does not apply to: Marquesas, Tuamotu, Austral and Gambier Archipelagoes including Rangiroa, Tikehau and Fakarava).
  • During curfew hours, visitors may leave their hotel/home for the purchase of essential goods, health, professional reasons or travel related transfers. Please complete the travel authorization form as described in the point below.
  • Sightseeing tours, scuba diving off property is allowed throughout the Islands of Tahiti. Normal tourist activities are allowed at each Hotel including access to the beach, snorkeling, swimming, paddle boarding etc. in the lagoon at the property.
  • Travel to and from airports, ferry terminals, between Islands etc. is allowed during normal hours and during curfew times. However, if traveling during lockdown, a self-completed travel authorization form must be completed by each person. This form may be downloaded from the High Commissioner’s website (click here). Simply fill it out and carry it with you and present if requested at the airport, ferry terminal or while outside of the Hotel/Home property.
  • When travelling between the Islands, please present your proof of vaccination. If not vaccinated, travel between the islands is only allowed for compelling reasons of health/medical, business or urgent family matters and a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours or RT-PCR within 72 hours, must be presented. Children under 12, not vaccinated travelling with an adult are exempt from this requirement.)

 

Full Vaccination

  1. Proof of "complete vaccination schedule" – (CDC vaccination card, ETIS  Receipt). For children up to and including the age of 17, if travelling with an accompanying adult, they are not required to be vaccinated and may enter the country with the accompanying adult(s).
    • A person is considered fully vaccinated 7 days after receiving the second dose of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or AstraZeneca.
    • A person is considered fully vaccinated 28 days after receiving the dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
  2. A negative laboratory RT-PCR test three days before ATN departure, age 12 and older. Or an antigen test (which detects the N protein) of the SARS covid-19, taken within two days of ATN departure.
  3. Between 30 to 6 days prior to departure register on the ETIS online platform. Receive an approval email upon completion and payment of testing fees.**
  4. Download the “Sworn Statement” attached (click here), complete it and present at check in. This form certifies passengers do not show symptoms of Covid-19, have not been in contact with a Covid-19 infected person in the last 14 days, to their knowledge and agree to take an antigen or PCR test upon arrival.

 

Must Have Documents for Airport check in are :

  1. Proof of vaccination with the CDC vaccination card.
  2. The ETIS approval.
  3. The negative RT-PCR or antigen test result.
  4. The “Sworn Statement" document.
  5. Valid Passport.

Note that random checks to verify the proof of vaccination may be done on arrival.

No quarantine on arrival needed.

  • Upon arrival an RT-PCR self-administered test will be given to all passengers 6 years and older. The test may be performed at the airport between 5:00-10:00 AM under the supervision of a health professional on duty. Outside of these hours travelers can administer their test at their hotel and give it to the reception desk in Tahiti or Moorea or directly in a drop off location on other Islands. - If the test is positive, a 10-day quarantine at the traveler’s expense may be required. Click here for details on quarantine.
  • 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, Canada, 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).

  1. A negative laboratory RT-PCR test three days before departure, which must be presented at departure. Or an antigen test (which detects the N protein) of the SARS Covid-19, taken within two days of ATN departure.
  2. 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. Vacation prohibited. Receive by email the administrative receipt.
  3. 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.
  4. After completion of point 2 and 3 above, receive at least 2 days prior to departure a Boarding Authorization from the High Commission.
  5. Download the “Sworn Statement” attached (click here), complete it and present at check in. This form certifies passengers do not show symptoms of Covid-19, have not been in contact with a Covid-19 infected person in the last 14 days, to their knowledge and agree to take an antigen or PCR test upon  arrival.

 

Must Have Documents for Airport check in are :

The ETIS receipt, the "Administrative Application" authorization receipt, the negative RT-PCR or antigen test result, the “Sworn Statement document” 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. Click here for details on quarantine.
  • 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 or ANTIGEN TEST REQUIRED for all passengers 12 years of age and older:

 

If having an RT-PCR test 3 days prior to departure these conditions apply:

  • 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 11:55 PM, the passenger needs to take the test the preceding Saturday).
  • 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

 

If having an Antigen test 2 days prior to departure these conditions apply:

  • Proof of a negative Antigen Covid-19 test (TESTING FOR THE “N” PROTEIN OF THE SARS COVID-19) carried out within two days days prior to their Air Tahiti Nui international air departure (e.g. if the flight departs on a Tuesday at 11:55 PM, the passenger needs to take the test the no earlier than the preceding Sunday).
  • The receipt document must state:
    • 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 Antibody, Self-Testing, Home Testing or Rapid Tests of any kind (other than the accepted Antigen Test that allows for the detection of the “N” protein), 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 as of July 20, 2021, upon obtaining the Etis receipt, travelers will be required to pay a flat fee covering the processing of administrative health requests, ETIS procedures, arrival tests and tracing of passengers disembarking. The fee amount is tiered according to the type of traveler:

  • Vaccinated traveler: 5,000 XPF (approximate USD50)
    • Vaccinated person 6 years and older
    • Non-vaccinated children between 6 and 18 years old accompanying a vaccinated parent or legal guardian
  • Non-vaccinated traveler: 12,000 XPF (approximate USD120)
    • Unvaccinated person 6 years and older
  • Exemption
    • Under 6 years old
    • Student residing in French Polynesia - with supporting documents
    • Person returning from medical evacuation - with supporting documents
    • Accompanying person returning from a medical evacuation - with supporting documents
    • Flight attendants and health professionals, residing in French Polynesia, travelling for their professional activity with a stopover outside of Tahiti less than or equal to 7 days

 

Conditions of entrance for Unaccompanied Minors under the age of 18, please click here to review

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 are:
    • Monday to Thursday – 7:30AM to 8:00PM
    • Friday – 7:30AM to 3:00PM
    • Saturday – 7:30AM to 12:00PM and then from 3:00PM to 8:00PM
    • Closed on Sunday.
    • 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.

 

In the event of a positive test result, CDC rules prohibit onward travel to the United States. Passengers must then the follow the protocol and rules of the Ministry of Health, which require up to a 10-day quarantine at the traveler’s expense. If in quarantine due to a positive test result, at such time the Covid-19 test is negative, travel may resume. Click here for details on quarantine.

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).