Travel Advisory & Health Protocols

Safety at Heart

Updated June 13, 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.

Sail with confidence

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.

Ready to Explore French Polynesia on The Gauguin?

Full details are available further down this page in the FAQ section. We also encourage you to review the link provided to the Tahiti Tourism website as requirements are likely to change. In summary, along with getting vaccinated these are the steps you’ll need to take:

  • More Than 7 Days Prior: Complete the vaccination process*.
  • Effective May 21, 2022 - *Within 24 to 72 hours of embarkation: Prior to boarding 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), and the completed health declaration and health questionnaire forms also sent to you with you cruise documents. 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.
  • Effective May 18, 2022 - The Islands of Tahiti 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.
  • Important: When the traveler is over 18 years old, in order for the vaccination schedule to be recognized as complete beyond 9 months, he/she must have received an additional dose (booster). In other words, when a traveler has completed a full vaccination (1 dose Janssen or 2 doses Pfizer / Moderna / Astrazeneca ), he/she will have to receive a booster shot before traveling to French Polynesia if his/her last dose is 9 months old or more. Only a booster is required, it is not needed to redo a complete vaccination process even if this 9 months deadline is exceeded. Please visit for details.
  • Effective May 18, 2022 - Tests are still required for all travelers with a stopover or transit in the United States. For all travelers (vaccinated or not) flying through the United States must comply with U.S. entry requirements. Therefore, for all travelers aged 2 years and older, in transit or on a stopover in the United States, it is still mandatory to perform an antigen test (or RT-PCR) less than 24 hours prior to departure (the day before or the day of departure).
  • Full vaccination: comply with the most restrictive regulations in effect between the traveler’s final destination and transit country. Please visit for details.
  • 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: Complete a Covid-19 test if required by country your returning to at the Faa'a International Airport in Tahiti (at guests’ expense). Beginning June 12, 2022, there are no COVID-19 testing requirements for travelers entering or connecting through the U.S., including U.S. citizens. Please continue to check your country’s website for requirements.
  • Please read the following notes concerning mandatory, complete, and authorized vaccination:

*Mandatory and complete vaccination: at least 2 doses of an authorized vaccine(see below), more than 7 full days and less than 6 full months (4 months as of Feb 15, 2021) before embarkation. To extend the validity, a 3rd does is required whatever the vaccine (EMA valid) to anyone 12 years and older. Please note: most destinations outside the European Union (destination or transit countries) require a complete vaccination schedule of two doses. In this case, people who received only one injection after recovering from COVID-19 are not considered fully vaccinated.

Authorized vaccines: Pfizer / Moderna / AstraZeneca / Covishield / Nuvaxovid / Sinopharm (if 3 doses needed, the 3rd one must be from an mRNA vaccine) / Sinovac (if 3 doses needed, the 3rd one must be from an mRNA vaccine) / Janssen (one dose of Janssen + one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine, or a single dose of the Janssen vaccine received between two months and seven days).

As of 12/15/2021 for people over 65 years of age and as of 1/15/2022 for people over 18 years of age who have received their second dose more than six months ago at the time of boarding, a third mRNA dose (Pfizer or Moderna) will be required in order to be able to board (for AstraZeneca, it may be a third AstraZeneca dose). The six-month limit does not apply to those less than 18 years of age.

For guests traveling with children under the age of 18, please visit Tahiti Tourism for additional details.

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


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»

Questions? Find answers in our FAQ:

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.