Travel Advisory & Health Protocols

Safety at Heart

Updated August 9, 2022

Ia Orana! At Paul Gauguin Cruises, our guests and crew have always come first. Our top priority is to safeguard their health, safety and well-being as well as the communities we visit. 

Working with the latest scientific recommendations, Paul Gauguin Cruises has developed a robust set of multi-layered measures to address COVID-19 that are continually updated as new health recommendations are issued. These measures include testing, strict cleaning protocols and monitoring of both guests, crew and the ship in general.

If you have any questions regarding an upcoming cruise, please contact your Travel Advisor. Our team is also available to assist you, Monday-Friday, from 7 am to 5 pm Pacific Time, at 800-848-6172 and by email at

Our cruise schedule can also be found on our website.

We look forward to welcoming our guests onboard and providing them peace of mind with exceptional cruise experiences in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and the South Pacific. Māuruuru roa! — Paul Gauguin Cruises.

As needed, we will update our advisory, so please check back frequently.

Ready to Explore French Polynesia on The Gauguin?

  • To embark the m/s Paul Gauguin, guests must present:
    • Valid proof of vaccination (any guest joining the ship must have completed the vaccination process), negative Covid-19 RT-PCR (taken within 72 hours of embarkation) or antigen test results (taken within 24 hours of embarkation). If guests are arriving in French Polynesia early and the validity period of the Covid-19 PCR or antigen test has expired, please visit The Louis Malarde Institute (ILM) in Papeete prior to embarkation; and
    • The completed health declaration and health questionnaire forms provided with cruise documents. 
  • The Islands of Tahiti (effective May 18, 2022) - no longer require Covid-19 tests for vaccinated travelers departing from Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Noumea and Auckland to French Polynesia. Individuals with a completed vaccination schedule are now exempt from the requirement to take an antigen or RT-PCR test prior to arrival.
  • While sailing on the m/s Paul Gauguin: Guests may be required to get a Covid-19 rapid (antigen) test midway through their cruise (PGC expense).
  • Return Flight: (Beginning June 12, 2022), there are no Covid-19 testing requirements for travelers entering or connecting through the U.S., including U.S. citizens. Guests should continue to check their country’s website for requirements as some countries may require a Covid-19 test to be taken prior to the return flight to the country of residence (the time limit can vary depending on the country). If there is no solution ashore, the ship's medical service may be able to carry out an antigen test (for which a fee is charged) before disembarkation. 
  • Please read the following notes concerning mandatory, complete, and authorized vaccination:

*Mandatory and complete vaccination:

A full vaccination path counts 3 doses of mRNA vaccine (authorized vaccines below). A contamination(1) can replace one of these three doses.

Other vaccination path also accepted (medical crew may ask for follow up tests regulary during the cruise, these tests will be charged):

  • 2 doses of vaccine : the 2nd dose being less than 9 months before boarding. A contamination(1) can replace one of these three doses.
  •  1 dose of vaccine, or 1 immunity(1) of more than 2 weeks and less than 4 months at time of boarding.

(1)Immunity is considered valid from the 11th day after contamination, with justification of a RT PCR or antigen test

Children from 1 to 11 are not required to be vaccinated, but it is recommended.

Vaccination is mandatory for teenagers from 12 to 16. A full vaccination path is recommended, but a one dose only injection of an approved vaccine will grant access to board (considering there are no other requirements by the destination countries (2)).

17 years old guests and above need to refer to adults’ requirements.

Authorised vaccines (2): Cominarty (BioNTech et Pfizer) / Spikevax (Moderna) / Janssen (Jonhson & Jonhson)* / Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca & Covishield) / Nuvaxovid (Novavax) / Sinopharm* / Sinovac-CoronaVac* / Covaxin / Covovax

*For vaccinal path including Janssen, it must be completed with a dose of an mRNA vaccine. To complete a vaccinal paths including Sinovac or Sinopharm, the 3rd dose must be of an mRNA vaccine.

(2) Please note: these rules only apply to board a Paul Gauguin Cruises’ voyage. Some countries may require a different vaccinal path, in terms of doses, authorized vaccine, or dates. Please carefully read the rules of government websites (destination or transit only) to learn more.

Please continue to review the link Tahiti Tourism website as requirements are likely to change. For guests traveling to or through Fiji, please visit FAQ's about Travelling to Fiji | Things to Know | The Official Travel Site of the Fiji Islands.

Safety On Board the m/s Paul Gauguin

Whether on land or on board, your safety is our primary concern. As scientific advances are made, Paul Gauguin Cruises continues to hone its robust protocol to guarantee an optimal experience by integrating all the technological, personal, and physical (material) measures to ensure the provision and maintenance of an uncontaminated zone. This reinforced protection is based on three “shields” designed to guarantee solid onboard access conditions, strict hygienic protocol, and daily regulation and monitoring of guests, equipment, and the ship in general.

Conditions of access to board The Gauguin

All guests and crew are checked and subject to this hygienic safe zone protocol

72- to 24-hours Prior

Take a Covid-19 RT-PCR or antigen test

At Boarding

Present valid proof of vaccination (any guest joining the ship must have completed the vaccination process), negative Covid-19 RT-PCR or antigen test results, and a completed health declaration and questionnaire form to ship staff

Boarding, or refusal if:

Traveler will be denied if: 1.) unable to provide valid proof of vaccination​ 2.) vaccine is not in accordance with HAS recommendations 3.) yields positive test results 4.) the test was conducted outside of the 72- or 24-hour timeline 5.) they have come into contact with a Covid-19 case in the previous 14 days 6.) their temperature is over 100.4° F / 38° C or 7.) symptoms are detected.

Preservation of the onboard hygienic safety zone

All guests and crew are subject to health protocol and all onboard spaces are disinfected on a regular basis


of baggage and cargo


Utilize provided safety kits; masks are optional but recommended


of all spaces and disinfection of the renewed air

Barrier Gestures

Physical distancing and systematic temperature monitoring


Mandatory wearing of a mask or visor

Isolation Zone

available if necessary (3 cabins)

Shore Visits(1)

The ship tender will be disinfected, and guests will observe reinforced health instructions: social distancing, wearing a mask, barrier gestures, hand disinfection and temperature measurement in order to reboard The Gauguin.

Control of the hygienic safety zone

We have a highly-developed system for monitoring and controlling the health status on board The Gauguin in order to guarantee you a safe visit to the islands

Medical Team

Doctor and nurse on board

Onboard Hospital

Daily monitoring and rapid diagnosis with the ability to conduct Covid-19 RT-PCR and/or antigen rapid testing on board


of high-traffic surfaces on a regular basis

Continuous Monitoring

of guests and ship

After Disembarkation

Medical questionnaire to be completed 3 weeks after cruise

Once you're ready to book, be sure to read the full Travel Advisory»

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Paul Gauguin Cruises is Part of the PONANT Family

PONANT has combined small-capacity ships, eco-design, and health protocols — and has collaborated with exceptional partners, to offer responsible travel that promotes sustainable tourism. Due to this exceptional business model, PONANT is adept at rolling out protocols rigorously, quickly, and efficiently.

For many years the company has invested in state-of-the-art medical facilities on board its ships (ultrasound and radiography equipment, testing on-site, resuscitation equipment, etc.) that go well beyond what current standards for tourism require. A medical team comprising of at least one doctor and a nurse are available 24/7.

Should anyone on board show symptoms of Covid-19, they will be immediately treated by our medical team and a specific protocol will apply including immediate search and isolation of contact cases and disinfection of potentially infected areas.