The Islands of Tahiti are Covid-19 free. In order to keep them that way, the Government of French Polynesia is requiring a PCR Covid-19 test.
These are normally performed via nasopharyngeal swab and they detect the genetic information of the virus, the RNA, and show a positive result only if the virus is present and someone is actively infected. PCR tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body’s immune response, or antibodies. By detecting viral RNA, which will be present in the body before antibodies form or symptoms of the disease are present, these tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early on. PCR tests have an extremely high degree of reliability.
Within the Southern California area, Air Tahiti Nui suggests visiting a Reliant Urgent Care center for Covid-19 testing. There are 5 locations spread across Southern California. The LAX location on Century Blvd is open 24/7 and in most cases is able to provide results within 48 hours of testing. For clients who present their Air Tahiti Nui ticket, there is a reduced charge of $149 per test, payable directly to Reliant medical center. Click the following link to visit the Reliant Urgent Care center website:
If originating outside of Southern California, it is recommended to contact your Physician or a local urgent care center who may be able to recommend a PCR testing site or perform the test themselves.
The entry requirements for French Polynesia stipulate that testing must be done no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure of the flight to Tahiti. It is strongly suggested that this test be conducted immediately after the 72 hour mark, to ensure the test result prior to flight departure.
All passengers must present a medical certificate issued by the testing location showing a negative PCR test upon check-in for their Air Tahiti Nui flight. Without this test documentation, the airline absolutely is not able to board any passenger. If a test result is positive, you may change your travel date without charge from Air Tahiti Nui. Please check with your connecting airline for their ticket conditions.
Upon receipt of your test results within 3 days before the date of your flight, we will ask you to complete the COVID-19 TEST online form and download your test results.
For further information on entry requirements please visit the Tahiti Tourisme website by clicking the following link:
It is the passengers responsibility to secure all necessary tests and to follow these guidelines for entry.