As of July 30, 2020, there have been updates to French Polynesia’s entry requirements.
They have been streamlined…Yay!
At this time French Polynesia is the only island nation in the South Pacific, including New Zealand and Australia, open to international travelers.
I have highlighted the changes to the requirements and lead by “UPDATE” for ease of reference.
UPDATE: French Polynesia is very serious in keeping COVID-19 out of their country as you can imagine. These requirements are not optional they are mandatory. Please review these requirements, and if you have any questions contact your travel agent.
I am here for planning your wonderful trip to the islands of French Polynesia.
The Islands of Tahiti will open to all travelers beginning July 15, 2020.
Tahiti is the first island nation to reopen to foreign travel in the South Pacific.
Tourism is a large part of Tahiti’s economy, and the shut down has created significant hardships, the reopening of the islands must be done in a very cautious way. The Tahitian government has a duty to protect its citizens while allowing tourist to arrive
Here is what is required to travel to the islands during this time:
PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
- A valid passport valid at least 6 months from your day of return to the US or Canada.
- Compulsory COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test 72 hours before the departure to French Polynesia
UPDATE to #2: Proof of a negative COVID-19 test (RT-PCR or PCR) molecular laboratory or rapid test, such as Abbott ID Now Molecular test.” taken within 3 days of flight departure to French Polynesia.
UPDATE: (E.G. if the flight departs on a Monday at 11pm, the passenger needs to take the test the preceding Friday).
UPDATE: ANTIGEN and ANTIBODY tests are NOT accepted.
UPDATE: The results of this test must be negative and the medical document confirming this, and clearly indicating the type of test taken, issued by a Doctor, Hospital, or Medical Clinic must be presented to airline staff upon check-in prior to boarding the flight to French Polynesia.
UPDATE: You should take the test on the day that is three days prior to departure. This gives the testing clinic or hospital time to have the results to you within 48 hours. There are now clinics that can to the PCR test by mail with the use of one day shipping. You will receive your results by e-mail, be sure to copy this form for use.
3.) Compulsory international travel insurance for every non-resident visitor traveling to French Polynesia (example; coverage provided by some credit cards used to cover the stay)
4.) Travelers will have to provide a medical certificate – Specifics to be communicated
If the test is negative: boarding
If the test is positive: no boarding
UPDATE: Sanitary entry form online (Etis.pf)
UPDATE: 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.
5.) Travelers who have tested COVID-19 POSITIVE more than 3 weeks prior to the departure and who have an immunity certificate proving their recovery are exempt from the requirements listed above – Specifics to be communicated.
UPDATE: #5 has been revoked
DURING YOUR FLIGHT and AT THE AIRPORT
- Never travel when feeling ill, have a temperature, a cough, or any other illness signs
- Practice hand hygiene by washing them regularly with soap or using an alcohol-based sanitizer, and not touching your face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth.
- While you must not travel when you are ill, should you experience symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness during or after a trip, seek medical attention and share your travel history with your health care provider.
- Wear a medically approved covering for your nose and mouth . You should carry a number of these for flights and the time you are in an airport.
- Sign a statement of commitment to follow sanitary measures and self-diagnosis of symptoms
- Fill in an information form regarding their stay: itinerary and accommodation (e-mail contact / phone / dates of stay). The Art of Travel will provide you with multiple of your itinerary and accommodation for you in your document package.
DURING YOUR STAY IN THE ISLANDS
- Wearing a mask is recommended
- COVID-19 test 4 days after arrival: The Ministry of Health and Prevention of French Polynesia will randomly test a panel of travelers during their stay
UPDATE: Upon arrival into the islands you will be given a self-COVID-19 test to be done on your 4th day in the islands.
In addition to the test required prior to departure, a self-test provided by French Polynesia, will need to be carried out on the fourth day after arrival in the destination. An envelope will be given to each traveler upon their arrival at the airport. This test consists of an oral and nasal swab, to be self-performed at the date indicated on the envelope containing a self-test kit with instructions and an information note.
Here is the link to a short video on how you do the test. Once done you can turn the test into your hotel front desk or designated
- Regular visits from a medical staff authorized by the Department of Health will be held in the accommodations and hotel establishments
- Application of sanitary measures during the stay
- Travelers’ self-diagnosis: alert the authorities by calling the local emergency operations calling center in case of fever and/or breathing difficulties
- If a visitor has symptoms or is declared positive:
Isolation in self-quarantine in the accommodation
Application of the sanitary measures protocol by the Department of Health – procedures to be communicated.
This is the information that is available at the moment.
I will update you as we have updates from the Tahitian government.
Take care and stay well.