Coronavirus COVID-19 - Travel Information

Papeete, May 3rd, 2021

Entry and stay conditions

Since May 1st, The Islands of Tahiti are reopen to tourism for travelers residing in the USA for at least 30 days prior to depature. Vaccinated and immune travelers who have been in the US for 30 consecutive days prior to departure and strictly follow the new and improved entry and stay conditions are not subject to quarantine.

Important: registration on Etis.pf must be filled between 30 to 6 days the latest, prior to departure in order to obtain authorization to travel.

Click on the visuals below to see the entire protocol applicable to travelers coming from the United States and other countries. Please note that it may change in the coming weeks.

More information:

  • Children:
    Travelers under 6 years old are not subject to quarantine.
    Children aged 6 years old or over who are not vaccinated and nor immune will quarantine in Tahiti with at least one adult.
  • Tests at traveler’s expense:
    Tests upon arrival and during the stay will be at travelers’expense as soon as the payment plan will be implemented by the Government.
    Rates will be:

    • 5 000XPF for vaccinated and immunized travelers
    • 12 000XPF for other travelers

For the moment, these rates will not be charged to travelers and we will make sure to communicate when it will be effective.

ANTIGENIC TESTS AT DEPARTURE FROM TAHITI
For passengers departing to the United States requiring a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding, the test center at the Faa’a international airport is reopened.
A this stage, the center is open on days when flights to the US are scheduled from 3 PM until 7 PM.


The authorities of French Polynesia have declared a state of health emergency with the application of reinforced measures through June 1, 2021.

A curfew is in effect on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea. All trips, circulation or movement in public areas are prohibited, every day, between 10:00 pm and 4:00 am through June 1, 2021 with the possibility to be extended. The official statement can be downloaded on the website of the High Commission. Find the curfew terms and conditions in the frequently asked questions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here are the conditions to prepare your stay:

  •  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
    The list of members

    • RT-PCR Test

    Proof of a negative RT-PCR test (any RT-PCR test listed on this FDA site is allowed) carried out within three days prior to their international air departure. If the result is not obtained in due time, a certificate of completion of the RT-PCR test must be presented to the airline company, together with a negative result to an antigen test performed on the day of boarding. Any antigen test listed on this FDA site is acceptable for the same-day test in the event the RT-PCR test result was not received. Self-tests are not accepted.

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

    All molecular tests proposed with the abbreviations below* are accepted:

    *RT-PCR = reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction;
    *RT = reverse transcriptase ;
    *RT-LAMP = loop-mediated isothermal amplification;
    *TMA = Transcription Mediated Amplification;
    *Isothermal amplification;
    *STAR = Selective Temperature Amplification Reaction.

    Home Collection and Saliva tests are not accepted.

    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 :

     

    • Self-Test

    A self-test kit will be given to you upon your arrival at the airport. This is an oral and nasal test that you must perform yourself, on the 4th day of your arrival, on the date indicated on the envelope containing an information note as well as a self-test kit with instructions to follow. Carry out the self-test kit to be deposited :
    – At the ILM center or at a health center;
    – at the reception desk of your accommodation.

    • Wearing a mask is mandatory (from the age of 11 years old) in establishments open to the public, in open-air public spaces, in shops, at the airport, at the ferry terminals as well as on public transport.
    • 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.

  • The Islands of Tahiti Testing Locations

    With the list of nations requiring negative COVID-19 tests to be taken prior to departure continuing to expand.

    The list of current options for travelers that are required to take a test prior to departure :

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

  • “According to Article 6 of the aforementioned decree, the High Commissioner of the Republic may grant individual exemptions to cruise ships wishing to call, stop or anchor in French internal waters and territorial sea” – Art.12 of Order No. HC 3099 CAB of October 20, 2020.

    Consult the website of your cruise company:

  • “It is forbidden for any pleasure boat arriving in French Polynesia to call, anchor or park, or disembark at sea any person in the internal waters and territorial sea of French Polynesia until further notice”. – Art.13 of the Order No. HC 3099 CAB of October 20, 2020.

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