Last Updated on August 12th, 2020
The Islands of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, and other islands in French Polynesia will start to welcome visitors on July 15. Most resorts, hotels, shops, and restaurants in Tahiti and Bora Bora will also resume their operations. As with any other countries that are reopening lately, there are new conditions set that visitors must follow.
Tourists from all countries can enter French Polynesia without the need to go on a mandatory 14-day quarantine. However, a COVID-19 Test Certificate must be presented before boarding.
Travel Requirements for All Visitors to French Polynesia
To ensure the safety of all visitors and its citizens, the government of French Polynesia has put in place some travel requirements that all visitors must follow.
All travelers are required to undergo a COVID-19 test before departure to be carried out within three days before the flight to the island. The results of the test must show negative and must bee presented at the airline staff upon check-in. Passengers who don’t have a negative COVID-19 test certificate will not be allowed to board.
Tahiti officials have instituted additional mandatory testing once visitors are in the islands. Upon arrival in Tahiti, a COVID-19 test kit will be given to all visitors, which they will use to carry out self-test 4 days after arrival.
Sanitary Entry Form
Each passenger will be required to fill out the sanitary entry form through the Electronic Travel Information System (ETIS) and must agree to follow the prevention measures and safety instructions issued by the French Polynesian government. The form also states that all passengers must submit to the health surveillance system that the government has established, which includes a mandatory self-test for the COVID-19 four days after arriving at French Polynesia.
The form also states that visitors must have travel insurance or be willing to shoulder all expenses related to hospitalization, confinement, or repatriation if they get infected during their stay.
After completing the form, a receipt will be sent through email along with the ETIS number. The receipt must be presented upon check-in along with the negative COVID-19 test result. These documents will also be asked upon arrival at the airport in French Polynesia.
Prevention Measures and Health Safety Instructions
All visitors to French Polynesia must follow the health and safety protocols that the government has put in place, which include:
- All adults are required to wear a mask.
- In case there is a change of itinerary, travelers are required to update the itineraries they submitted online.
- Aside from submitting to a COVID-19 test before departure, all travelers are required to undergo another test after four days of being on the island. A self-test kit will be provided to all passengers upon arrival, which contains an oral and nasal swab.
Depending on the results of the test, the Health Authorities will require the visitor to follow their instructions, which may include isolation measures.