What are the health protocol requirements for traveling to French Polynesia?
The French Polynesian government has established strict entry requirements that are applicable to all travelers arriving by air. The following guideline must be adhered to by guests to be allowed to enter the country.
Prior to boarding flight:
- 30-6 days prior to traveling, travelers must register with the French Polynesian government by filling out an Electronic Travel Information System form (ETIS), and uploading proof of vaccination. During this process travelers will be required to purchase travel insurance or to sign a declaration assuming all associated medical, confinement, or reparation costs should they fall ill during their stay. Upon completing the ETIS registration travelers will receive an email receipt within 2 days that they will be required to present at the airport.
- Within 3 days prior to international flight, air travelers must obtain negative results on a Covid-19 RT-PCR or rapid (antigen) test to present to airline staff in order to board your flight to French Polynesia. Please review the list of non-approved and approved test to confirm the test you take will be accepted. List of approved and non-approved tests. Results of this negative test must be proven with a medical document issued by a doctor, hospital, or medical clinic.
- Day of flight when boarding you will be required to provide your vaccine certificate, your negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test (taken within 3 days of boarding) or rapid (antigen) test (taken withing 48 hours prior to boarding), and the completed email receipt from ETIS. If you are traveling to French Polynesia on Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles to Papeete, a list of testing locations to obtain the Covid-19 RT-PCR test in Southern California can be found here. Sanitary measures taken during flights on Air Tahiti Nui can be found here.
During your stay in French Polynesia:
- Upon landing at Faa’a International Airport, guests will be required to take an antigen rapid test. Tests are at the traveler's expense.
- While sailing in the Islands: Any guest disembarking the ship throughout the duration of the voyage will be required to take an antigen rapid test every 3 days until they disembark the ship. Guests who choose to go ashore on a non-organized shore excursion will be required to mandatory Covid-19 Ag testing every 3 days until they disembark
- On the day of departure from French Polynesia, all air passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. Citizens and fully vaccinated travelers, are required to present a negative antigen rapid test result prior to boarding the flight. This test is at the traveler's expense.