French Polynesia Visa & Passport Entries

Any foreign visitor coming to The Islands of Tahiti is required to have a visa according to the following conditions. In all cases, visitors must hold a valid passport. Prior to their arrival in French Polynesia, applicants should contact their nearest embassy or consulate of their place of residence regarding necessary travel documents for international travel.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Tahiti? Tahiti Visa Requirements:

French Polynesia Visa & Entry Formalities

Many people wonder, “Do you need a passport to go to Bora Bora?”

All travelers to any of The Islands of Tahiti are responsible for obtaining all necessary documents, visas, and special permits for entry and to comply with all legalities as mandated by nationality, country of origin, final destination and transit conditions, as well as regulations of the carrier providing transportation.

In addition, it is also their responsibility to check the date of validity of these travel documents and to renew them as necessary. Travelers should be sure to consider visa processing time and where to secure their appropriate application forms prior to booking their trip, should they need a visa to travel from their country.

Visa Requirements for French Polynesia

First, check to see if you need a visa for French Polynesia by visiting the official visa website for France. Take a quick test to determine whether you need a visa.

We recommend you review additional entry requirements in preparation for your visit: 

1. Leisure Stay of Three Months or Less

Countries that do not have visa formalities for short-term stays have been defined by the Decree of 29 December 2011 on the documents and visas required by visitors entering the Polynesian territory.

Click here for more information.

In summary, these are the following countries:

  • European Union countries
  • Countries of the European Economic Area

In addition, visitors holding a residence permit from one of the countries of the European Union or the Schengen Area are exempt from the requirement to obtain a visa provided that their residence permit is valid for the duration of their stay in French Polynesia.

Exemptions are also granted to holders of diplomatic passports or biometric passports of certain countries. For all short-term visas, visitors must provide their return ticket.

2. Stay of More than Three Months

Any foreigner who wishes to stay more than three months in French Polynesia must apply for a long-term French Polynesia visa with the exception of citizens of the exempt countries.

3. Transit Through the United States

It is the responsibility of each passenger to carry the proper travel documentation and to meet the entry conditions of each country on their itinerary.

Please see this link for entry via the United States:

4. Customs Formalities

All goods must be declared, and the corresponding tax duties must be paid at the customs office. Note that at the entrance or exit of French Polynesia, some goods are subject to special regulations. To consult the list of these goods click here.

The Directorate General of Customs and Indirect Rights also disseminates information on the website of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry. For more information, click here.

5. Specific Information for U.S. and Canadian Citizens

For U.S. and Canadian Citizens: Passport must be valid for a minimum of three months after the return date. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days. A foreigner with a residence card for the U.S. is not exempt from the above requirements and should consult the French Consulate’s official visa provider for information. American citizens may also be required to carry short-stay visas in the following cases: holders of diplomatic and official passports on assignment, students enrolled in courses in French Polynesia, journalists on assignment, crew members, as well as those who will have paid activities in French Polynesia (including scientists and artists).

Note: The French Consulate is no longer handling Visa Applications in the U.S.

6. Specific Information for Chinese Passport Holders

Chinese tourists can book a trip without visa to The Islands of Tahiti through a travel agency approved by the visa office of the French embassy, the visa free policy is only applicable to ADS tour groups with less than 15 days stay. Tourists who have had a Schengen multiple entry visa issued by France for 6 months or more can also enter French Polynesia with this visa.

Chinese FIT travelers can apply for the visa to The Islands of Tahiti through the French Embassy and consulate visa offices. Official website of the French Embassy:

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