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Papeete, April 22nd, 2021

Travel restrictions to French Polynesia until April 30th 2021

As of Wednesday, February 3rd,The Islands of Tahiti are temporarily suspended for tourists from all origins. Travel is authorized only for travelers who can justify one of the compelling reasons (health, professional, family, return home) as described on the website of the High Commission.

On Wednesday April 7, The President of French Polynesia announced that The Islands of Tahiti will reopen to tourism as of May 1 !

Entry and stay conditions from May 1st 2021

The new entry and stay protocols are now available. These protocols take into account vaccinated travelers and those who are immunized in order to continue managing the health situation in The Islands of Tahiti and to protect its population as well as its visitors.

These new protocols are applicable to:

  • travelers coming from the Untied States;
  • travelers from France and other countries who are restricted to the three compelling reasons (health, family, work).

Travelers departing to The Islands of Tahiti in May will be able to register on www.etis.pf from Saturday April 24th only.

  • Regarding “other travelers”:
    Upon arrival, non-vaccinated and non-immunized travelers will all have to quarantine for 10 days in Tahiti, whatever the results of their test is.
    The summary sheets have been updated below.
  • Children:
    Travelers under 6 years old will are not subject to quarantine.
    Children over 6 years of age who are unvaccinated, not immune or tested positive to COVID-19 are subject to quarantine which will be imposed on the entire family.
  • 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 will be reopened on May 1st.
A this stage, the center will open on days when flights to the US are scheduled from noon until 6:30 PM.

These new protocols are available below and may change in the coming weeks.

 

Also, the authorities of French Polynesia have declared a state of health emergency with the application of reinforced measures through April 30, 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 9:00 pm and 4:00 am (except Thursday and Friday from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am) through April 30, 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.

FAQ OF THE HIGH COMMISSION

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.

    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.

    • 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, government agencies within French Polynesia including The Louis Malardé Institute, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism, are currently working together to find solutions to meet this growing demand.

    Please review 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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