Coronavirus COVID-19 - Travel Information

Papeete, May 16th, 2022

– IMPORTANT UPDATE –

Clarification from  the High Commission of French Polynesia on the full vaccination status required to travel to The Islands of Tahiti

Important: For all fully vaccinated travelers over 18 years old, the vaccination status remains complete beyond 9 months only if the traveler has received an additional dose (booster). 

In other words, when a traveler has completed a full vaccination (1 dose Janssen or 2 doses Pfizer / Moderna / Astrazeneca ), he will have to receive a booster shot before traveling to French Polynesia if his last dose is 9 months old or more.

Only a booster is required, it is not needed to redo a complete vaccination process even if this 9 months deadline is exceeded.
This is applicable immediately.

Clarification regarding the entry requirements (test) to travel to The Islands of Tahiti ?

FOR TRAVELERS DEPARTING FROM HONOLULU, LOS ANGELES OR SAN FRANCISCO TO FRENCH POLYNESIA

All travelers (whatever their vaccination status) to French Polynesia, are required to present before boarding:

  • an RT-PCR test less taken than 72 hours 
    or
  • an antigen test less than 48 hours 

FOR TRAVELERS WITH A STOPOVER OR TRANSIT IN THE UNITED STATES

All travelers with a transit or stopover in the United States are still required to perform an antigen test (or RT-PCR) within 24 hours prior to departure.


Entry and stay conditions in The Islands of Tahiti

What are the vaccines authorized by French Polynesia? 

  • Travelers who have received:
    – Pfizer-BioNTech from Cominarty: 2 injections
    –  Moderna from Spikevax: 2 injections
    – AstraZeneca from Vaxzevria: 2 injections
    –  Nuvaxovid from Novavax : 2 injections
    – Covishield/R-Covi/Fiocruz: 2 injections
    – Johnson & Johnson from Janssen : 1 injection
    A mix of these authorized vaccines is also accepted.
  • For Sinopharm and Sinovrac vaccines, give two injections of the vaccine + one booster of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna
  • People who have received one or two doses of an unrecognized vaccine will need to receive two doses of  Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna to complete their vaccination status. Among the vaccines targeted is the Sputnik V.

REFUND OF TRAVELLERS CONTRIBUTION TO THE HEALTH SURVEILLANCE FEE

Travellers arriving in French Polynesia from Monday 28 March 2022, who have registered on the ETIS platform and have paid their fixed contribution to the health surveillance fees, may apply to “Service du Tourisme” to request reimbursement. This request can be made by email ([email protected]) or by post (Service du Tourisme BP 4527- 98713 Papeete TAHITI French Polynesia).

Travellers requesting a refund are requested to attach their receipted invoice (downloadable from the “manage my file” tab or from the ETIS claim receipt email) and the flight information provided by the traveller’s airline (or travel agency) to the claim.

For any other questions regarding their ETIS application, please write to [email protected]

 

Consult the map of the French classification of countries on the sanitary base HERE.

 Protocol for entry and stay in The Islands of Tahiti from Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco (for US residents), Seattle, Nouméa et Auckland.

You can consult and download the protocol by clicking on the link above. These new formalities are likely to change in the coming weeks.

Protocol for entry and stay in The Islands of Tahiti with stopover or transit in the United States.

You can consult and download the protocol by clicking on the link above. These new formalities are likely to change in the coming weeks.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
– Entry conditions –


Conditions of movements within The Islands of Tahiti 

As part of the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in French Polynesia, the High Commissioner and the President of French Polynesia announced the new measures in place to gradually lift restrictions applicable as of  March 14th, 2022. 

    • The vaccination pass will be suspended for travel from the Windward Islands to the other archipelagos.
    • Wearing a mask will no longer be mandatory in places open to the public, in establishments or for practicing activities and public transports. Wearing a mask will still be required in health care facilities.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
– Movement conditions  –


Conditions of departure from The Islands of Tahiti

  • Covid-19 tests on departure from Tahiti.

Opening hours of the testing center at Tahiti Faa’a International Airport and at the (ILM) Fare Covid (antigenic tests and RT-PCR tests):

List of Drugstores performing Covid-19 antigen tests and providing certificates of results

 


Information cell

INFORMATION CELL TO ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS

  • If you are a non-resident visitor,
    • Call (689) 40.50.57.70 (Tahiti Tourisme)
    • Opening hours: from 8am to 4pm, 7 days a week
    • By email : [email protected]
  • For information on international flights, contact your international airline.
  • For information about your accommodation, contact your hotel.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  •  Since the reopening of the borders on July 15, 2020, The Islands of Tahiti have applied a common policy of canceling and modification to allow travelers to make reservations in full confidence

    The common policy and the list of members

    • Travelers: 
      • Wearing a mask is mandatory (from the age of 11 years old) in establishments open to the public, public transport, gatherings. It will no longer be mandatory outdoors.
      • Respecting prevention measures at all times and in all places;
      • In case of a change of itinerary, travelers should update the “itinerary” part of their file on the Etis.pf website;
      • Self-diagnosis of visitors: in case of doubt on the traveler’s state of health (fever and/or flu symptoms), they are required to contact the reception of their accommodations and/or call directly to (+689) 40 455 000. If they feel any sign of distress, they should dial “15” (emergency services);
      • Depending on the diagnosis made by the Health Authorities, follow their instructions which may include isolation measures and / or carrying out an additional RT-PCR test.
    • Recommendations before traveling to the islands :

      It is also essential that, upon arrival in French Polynesia, these persons apply as strictly as possible the barrier measures: physical distancing and wearing of masks, the negative result of the RT-PCR test done before boarding not being an absolute assurance of not being a carrier of the virus or developing the disease later. The same applies to any resident returning from a trip who must respect these same measures.

      • Local tourism professionals :

      Consult the Covid-19 procedures and recommendations guide for local tourism professionals:


  • If you have already booked your stay in The Islands Of Tahiti, we recommend that you consult the website of your airline company:

  • Consult the website of your cruise company:

  • More information on the website of the Polynesian Directorate of Maritime Affairs.

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  • 03/07/2020 – Communiqué de presse – Politique commune d’annulation et de modification de séjour résultant de la pandémie Covid-19