French Polynesia Medical Certificate Requirement Effective March 9, 2020

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French Polynesia has taken quite drastic measures that affect even passengers that plan to transit in the country.

From March 9, all passengers entering or transiting the country, regardless of nationality or countries visited previously, need to have a medical certificate with them that is not older than 5 days.

You can access Air Tahiti Nui’s page for the announcement here.

Here’s the policy:

Coronavirus: Reinforcement of precautionary measures taken by the French Polynesian Government

Following the rules put in place to avoid the entry of the coronavirus COVID-19 into French Polynesia, the government of French Polynesia has decided to strengthen measures as of March 03rd, 2020.

From March 9th, 2020, all passengers regardless of their nationality traveling to/via French Polynesia must carry a medical certificate no older than 5 days certifying their health condition, regardless of their port of departure.

This measure will be enforced until March 31st, 2020, at which date the government will decide on its possible renewal.

Before March 9th, 2020, travelers transiting through or that have visited one of the following countries within 30 days prior to their trip to French Polynesia:

China
Cambodia
Hong-Kong
India
Japan
Macau
Malaysia
Nepal
Singapore
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
Thailand
Vietnam
Philippines
Iran
Italy: Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna

must carry a medical certificate no older than 5 days certifying their health condition, regardless of their port of departure. We therefore invite the concerned passengers to take the necessary measures prior to their flight.

For more information, visit the official website of the Government of French Polynesia.

Authorities from other countries have also established various entry regulations, including for transiting passengers.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that all customers check the latest updates published by the authorities of the countries they plan to travel to.

Conclusion

It is not clear to me what this medical document certifying passenger’s condition should precisely state? I guess that the French Polynesian government tries to prevent passengers from entering or even transiting in the country who could potentially be infected with the coronavirus.

I don’t think that this helps with the tourism in the country, however. Soon those luxurious resorts in Bora Bora and Moorea may have plenty of award inventory available. I have a reservation for five nights coming up at the St. Regis in September. We’ll see if this coronacraze has died down by then.

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