Coronavirus COVID-19 - Travel Information

 
Papeete, September 15th, 2020

Conditions of entry and stay in French Polynesia

French Polynesia has confirmed conditions of entry and stay in the country applicable to all travelers from 6 years old (resident and non-resident) arriving by air.

Since July 15th, 2020, quarantine measures are lift and French Polynesia’s borders re-open to international tourism from all countries. All travelers are subject to the following mandatory conditions:

      • Prior to boarding:
        • Proof of a negative RT-PCR test (list of approved and non approved tests) carried out within three days prior to their international air departure;
        • Present the receipt of the health registration on the Etis.pf platform (Electronic Travel Information System) ;
      • During the stay:
        • Self-test 4 days after arrival in The Islands of Tahiti.

The authorities of French Polynesia have implemented the following measures though October 15 (subject to extension):

  • Closing of discos and nightclubs;
  • Meetings of more than 10 people on the public highway or in any place open to the public are subject to prior permission from the authorities. This permission should specify the health measures taken by event planners ;
  • Application of strict rules in restaurants and bars (patrons must be seated, maintain a minimum distance of 1 meter between each table, and wearing a mask is mandatory by everyone when moving around the establishment);
  • Wearing of masks is mandatory in outdoor public spaces subject to large number of people, including: shops, water taxis/ferry transportation, airplanes, public ground transport, airports and ferry terminals. Requirements will be enforced by controls and sanctions. Failure to comply with these requirements is punishable by a fine of up to €745.82;
  • Informal meetings of more than 10 people is prohibited on beaches, green spaces and public parks, riverbanks, picnic areas and all sites used for this purpose.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here are the conditions to prepare your stay:

    • RT-PCR Test

    A SARS-CoV-2 virus genome test (list of approved and non approved tests) has to be carried out by all travelers from 6 years old in a health authority center (hospital, clinic, medical centre, Covid-19 testing Center, or medical analysis laboratory) within three days before the flight to Tahiti (at the passenger’s expense).

    Ex: If the flight departs on a Monday at 11pm, the passenger needs to take the test the preceding Friday.

    Please note for example, that Antigen, Antibody, Self Testing or Rapid Tests of any kind, including rapid RT-PCR tests such as the Abbott ID are not accepted by the Health Authorities of French Polynesia and aircraft boarding will be denied. Consult the list of approved and non approved tests.

    The results of this test must be negative and will need to be presented to airline staff upon check-in prior to boarding the flight to French Polynesia.

    No boarding will be allowed if the test is positive.

    • Sanitary entry form online (Etis.pf)

    After obtaining the negative test results, each adult must fill out a digital Sanitary entry form online on the dedicated platform (Etis.pf) mainly agreeing to:

    • Respect the prevention measures and all health safety instructions issued by the authorities of French Polynesia for the pre-boarding phase, during the flight,  disembarkation and throughout the stay;
    • Call the emergency health line at 40 455 000 in case of cough, fever or respiratory difficulty. If the traveler feels any sign of distress, they should dial “15” (emergency services);
    • Submit to the health surveillance system established by the government of French Polynesia which, among other health protocols, mandates a self-test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus 4 days after arrival French Polynesia;
    • Have travel insurance or personally assume all expenses related to cost of care including hospitalization, confinement, or repatriation, should the visitor fall ill during their stay;
    • Provide information about the stay in French Polynesia (except for residents) : itinerary, inter-island transport, accommodation (e-mail contacts / telephone / dates of stay).

    The Sanitary entry form is to be completed online on the dedicated digital platform ETIS.pf [Electronic Travel Information System].

    Once completed a receipt with an ETIS number will be issued by email;

    A printout of this receipt must be presented upon check-in together with the test results in order to be able to board the flight to French Polynesia and  both documents will need to be presented upon arrival at Tahiti’s Faa’a international airport.

    The  printout receipt of the health engagement form is to be kept with the traveler at all times and in all places during their stay in French Polynesia.

    In order to find a certified Covid19 testing facility, you may want to check the following web sites :

    For the United States :

    • Wearing a mask (from the age of 11 years old) is :
      • mandatory in enclosed public places and establishments;
      • mandatory in outdoor public spaces subject to large number of people, including: shops, water taxis/ferry transportation, airplanes, public ground transport, airports and ferry terminals. Failure to comply with these requirements is punishable by a fine of up to €745.82.
    • 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;
    • In addition to the test required prior to departure, a self-test provided by French Polynesia, will need to be carried out on the fourth day after arrival in the destination. An envelope will be given to each traveler upon their arrival at the airport. This test consists of an oral and nasal swab, to be self-performed at the date indicated on the envelope containing a self-test kit with instructions and an information note.

    • 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.

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

  • Cruises ship already in Tahiti are restarting their operations early July with the local market only. International cruising guidelines are to be updated soon with the reopening of our international borders, without any compulsory quarantine upon arrival, starting July 15th.

    Consult the website of your cruise company:

  • Any travelers arriving by sea from a region outside of French Polynesia must:

    1. Register with the authorities (DPAM) of French Polynesia;
    2. Make a maritime declaration of health in accordance with international health regulations;
    3. Meet testing or quarantine requirements for crew/passengers:
      • Present proof of a negative result from aRT-PCR test carried out within three days prior to departure from the last port of call, or spend more than 14 days at sea for a crew composed of one person, or spend more than 28 days at sea for a crew composed of more than one person.

    As an exception to 3., any person wishing to land in French Polynesia must carry out, at his own expense, a RT PCR test. Only persons producing proof of a negative result are authorized to disembark.

    If the conditions are not met, all passengers and crew members of the same ship must submit to a quarantine measure carried out on board the ship stationed, if necessary, in a dedicated area. The duration of the quarantine is 14 days from the day the vessel is parked or anchored in French Polynesia. The vessel shall fly the quarantine flag.

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