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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:

To be accepted on board and enter French Polynesia, passengers must have spent the preceding 15 continuous days in the United States, Canada or in the "Green, Orange or Red Zone"* countries. Vaccinated travelers who do not meet the 15 day residence requirement noted above are not permitted to enter French Polynesia without special permission which must be obtained by the passenger from the French High Commision in Papeete.

French Polynesian Government authorities have agreed to allow vaccinated travelers from the US (red zone) and orange zone countries (including Canada) to enter French Polynesia without a compelling reason or quarantine on arrival.

 

Full details on entry requirements are posted on the Tahiti Tourisme website

 

Vaccinated travelers departing from the United States - Airport Checklist:

  1. Proof of "complete vaccination schedule" (CDC vaccination card). Children 17 and under, accompanied by a vaccinated adult are not required to be vaccinated.
    • 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.  For all travelers 12 years and above a negative RT-PCR (strongly recommended) or Antigen test will be required within 24 hours (1 day) of departure (e.g. if the flight departs on a Tuesday at 11:55 PM, the passenger needs to take the test no earlier than the day before). All passengers aged 6 and above will have to take a complimentary Antigen test on arrival.
    Passengers who present an Antigen test (taken prior to departure, instead of a RT-PCR test) will be subject to an RT-PCR test on arrival, with an approximate cost of $270 USD at passengers' expense. 
    - 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.
       
  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 and complete the “Sworn Statement”, and present it at check-in. This form allows passengers to self-certify that they do not show symptoms of Covid-19, have not been in contact with a Covid-19 infected person in the last 14 days, and agree to take an Antigen or RT-PCR test upon arrival.
     
  5. Required travel insurance or sign a declaration via ETIS** assuming all associated medical, confinement, or repatriation costs, should they fall ill during their stay.

No quarantine on arrival needed.

 

Unvaccinated travelers departing from the United States, a compelling reason is required, tourism not a reason - Airport Checklist:

  1.  A negative RT-PCR (strongly recommended) or Antigen test will be required within 24 hours (1 day) of departure (e.g. if the flight departs on a Tuesday at 11:55 PM, the passenger needs to take the test no earlier than the day before). All passengers aged 6 and above will have to take a complimentary Antigen test on arrival.
    Passengers who present an Antigen test (taken prior to departure, instead of a RT-PCR test) will be subject to an RT-PCR test on arrival, with an approximate cost of $270 USD at passengers' expense. 
    - 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.
       
  2. Between 30 to 6 days prior to departure register on the ETIS** online platform. First, complete the “Compelling Motive Application”. Note, only Family, Health and Work justifications will allow entrance into French Polynesia. Tourism is not a compelling reason. Passengers will receive by email the “Compelling Motive Application” receipt.
     
  3. After the "Compelling Motive  Application" is completed, next 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, a Boarding Authorization from the High Commission will be delivered via email at least 2 days prior to departure.
     
  5. Download and complete the “Sworn Statement”, and present it at check-in. This form allows passengers to self-certify that they do not show symptoms of Covid-19, have not been in contact with a Covid-19 infected person in the last 14 days, and agree to take an Antigen or RT-PCR test upon arrival.
     
  6. Required travel insurance or sign a declaration via ETIS** assuming all associated medical, confinement, or repatriation costs, should they fall ill during their stay.

For unvaccinated travelers (except returning resident students and returning residents medical evacuee and their companion), a 10-day mandatory quarantine, in a government-assigned property will be required, at traveler's expense.

  • Upon arrival an antigen test will be given for all passsengers ages 6 and above.
  • Mandatory quarantine for 10 days in Tahiti. Click here for details on quarantine.
  • RT-PCR test at day 4 and 8.
  • Release from quarantine after day 10 assuming negative infection.

 

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

 

 

 

* "Green, Orange, Red  Zone" as defined by the European Union

** ETIS - All 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 travelers 12 years and above : 5,000 XPF (approximate USD50)
    • Non-vaccinated children between 6 and up to and including 17 years old  accompanied by a vaccinated parent or legal guardian
       
  • Unvaccinated traveler: 12,000 XPF (approximate USD120)
    • Non-vaccinated children between 6 and up to and including 17 years old accompanied by an unvaccinated parent or legal guardian
       
  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers entering French Polynesia from a red zone: 12,000 XPF (approximate USD120)
    Per the High Commissioner of French Polynesia, the United States is exempt from red zone status.
     
  • 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

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.

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 8:00PM
o    Tuesday – 7:30AM to 8:00PM
o    Wednesday & Friday – 5:30AM to 8:00PM
(Exceptional closing at 6:30PM on Friday, December 10th, 2021)
o    Saturday – 7:30AM to 8:00PM
o    Sunday – 8:00AM to 11:00AM (only for pre-registered passengers)

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: January 3rd, 2022 
 

Full Vaccination Travel to France without restrictions is permitted for fully vaccinated travelers.

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. Travelers can therefore travel with minors, whether they are vaccinated or not, without the need to self-isolate upon arrival. Unvaccinated minors aged 12-17 will need to present a negative covid  test result as described below at check-in.*

Travel documents for vaccinated Travelers:

  • Proof of vaccination. Must prove that a person is fully vaccinated, i.e.:
    • Seven days after the second dose for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria and Covishield));
    • 28 days after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Seven days after the first dose for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
      Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)), or AstraZeneca (Covishield) will be accepted.
    • Seven days after a booster ARNm dose (Moderna or Pfizer) after two doses of a vaccine on the WHO’s health emergencies list (Sinovac/Coronavac or Sinopharm/BBIB-PVeroCells)
  • sworn declaration, which can be download from the Interior Ministry’s website stating that
    • Traveler has no symptoms of COVID-19 infection;
    • To the traveler's knowledge, they have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior their journey.
    • Travelers must present a negative Antigen or  RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 taken within 48 hours of departure to Paris;

 

For travelers not vaccinated or who have already been infected by Covid-19 and arriving from a “red” country ( USA has been designated a "red zone" country )

Countries/territories on the “red” list:, including the United States, except those on the green and orange list.

  • Travel to France is only permitted for pressing grounds (leisure travel is not permitted: please refer to the following certificate). The list of pressing grounds is set out in the certificate of international travel drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior.

If traveler has previously contracted COVID-19, instead of a negative test result they may present a certificate of recovery dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival. A certificate of recovery is a document issued to persons who have contracted COVID-19, upon a positive RT-PCR or antigenic test.

  • Travelers may be subject to a random test when they arrive in France.
  • Travelers must pledge to self-isolate for 10 days.

Travel documents for non-vaccinated travelers:

Completion and presentation at check-in of the following documents are required in order to board the aircraft:

  • sworn declaration, which can be downloaded from the Interior Ministry’s website stating that
    • Traveler has no symptoms of COVID-19 infection;
    • To their knowledge, they have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to their journey;
    • Travelers agree to submit to a virological RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in France;
    • (Where applicable) traveler pledge to self-isolate for 10 days;
    • (For non-vaccinated travelers arriving from a “red” country) traveler is aware that they will have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in France.
  • (For non-vaccinated travelers arriving from “orange” or “red” countries) an exempted international travel certificate for Metropolitan France, which can be downloaded from the Interior Ministry’s website. Presentation of this certificate to travel companies before using travel ticket, as well as to border control authorities (for travel by air, sea and land, including by rail);
  • (For non-vaccinated travelers arriving from a “red” country) proof of location of self-isolation, and where appropriate, access details for inspectors to carry out checks.

If a traveler fails to produce these documents, boarding will be denied.

In all cases, the usual travel restrictions apply (visas, duration of stay, etc.).
Whatever place of departure, if traveler shows symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival in France, they will be quarantined or placed and kept in isolation by the prefect.

 

For more information, please view official page of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/#sommaire_1

 

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.

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).