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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

 

The re-opening of the French Polynesian International borders, are subject to the conditions listed below for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers:

 

If vaccinated - travelers departing from the United States, Canada, and Mexico must show at the check-in counter before departure :

  1. Proof of "complete vaccination schedule" (CDC vaccination card). 
    • A person is considered fully vaccinated 7 days after receiving the second dose of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, or Novavax.
    • A person is considered fully vaccinated 28 days after receiving the dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
    • When a traveler has completed a full vaccination (1 dose Janssen or 2 doses Pfizer / Moderna / Astrazeneca / Novavax ), a booster shot is required before travelling to French Polynesia if the last dose is 9 months or older. If the last dosage was prior to 9 months, and travel to French Polynesia is within 9 months , a booster shot is not required.
  • Vaccinated Travelers are no longer required to present a negative Antigen or  RT-PCR test prior to departure to Tahiti.

 

If unvaccinated - travelers aged 12 and over departing from the United States and Mexico must show at the check-in counter before departure :

  1. A negative RT-PCR test carried out within 72 hours (3 days) of departure or a negative Antigen test carried out within 48 hours (2 days) of departure. Travelers 11 years and under do not need a pre-departure Covid test. 
    - The test results must clearly state:
    • A negative result
    • Test type being RT-PCR or Antigen
    • 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
    • Antibody, Self-Testing, and Home Testing, are not accepted by the Health Authorities of French Polynesia and aircraft boarding will be denied.

Please note: Children aged up to 11 years are not required to show the above documents and are ok to travel with an accompanying adult who falls into any of these categories.

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

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.

 

View our departure check list from LAX to Tahiti

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 1 day 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.

 

Click here to view 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 in December 2021 are:

o    Monday & Thursday – 4:30AM to 7:00AM and 2PM to 8:30PM
o    Tuesday Wednesday & Friday  – 2PM to 8:30PM
o    Saturday – 7:30AM to 8:30PM
o    Sunday – 5:30AM to 11:00AM

We encourage you to make arrangements with the selected pharmacy for testing.

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 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.

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.

UPDATED: April 18th, 2022 
 

The entry requirements applicable to vaccinated adults also applies to minors (up to and including the age of 17) accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not

 

Travel documents for vaccinated travelers:

  • Proof of vaccination. Must prove that a person is fully vaccinated. Children aged 11 and younger traveling with a vaccinated adult are exempt from vaccination and Covid testing requirements. 
    • Seven days after the second dose for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria and Covishield), Novavax);
    • 28 days after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Effective from February 2nd, when a traveler has completed a full vaccination (1 dose Janssen or 2 doses Pfizer / Moderna / AstraZeneca / Novavax ), a booster shot is required before travelling to France if the last dose is 9 months or older. If the last dosage was prior to 9 months, and travel to France is within 9 months , a booster shot is not required.
    • Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)), or AstraZeneca (Covishield), or Novavax will be accepted.
  • A completed Public Health Passenger Locator Form, which can be downloaded here
  • Vaccinated Travelers are no longer required to present a negative Antigen or  RT-PCR test prior to departure to Paris;

Passengers aged 17 and under, traveling with a vaccinated person, do not need to show a proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated minors aged 12 and older, traveling with a vaccinated person, must present a negative Covid test before departure (Antigen test taken 48 hours before departure, or RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure).

 

Travel documents for non-vaccinated travelers aged 12 and older arriving from designated "Green zone" countries :

  • A negative Covid antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure or a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours.
  • A completed Public Health Passenger Locator Form, which can be downloaded here
  • Travelers may be subject to a random test when they arrive in France.

 

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:https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/covid-19-international-travel

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 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.

 

Pre-flight checklist to New Zealand from Los Angeles
 

Do you plan to travel to Auckland via Tahiti ?

Please consult our pre-flight checklist summarizing all the documents that will be verified at check-in before your departure and at the transit point in Tahiti.

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).