French Polynesia Reopens For International Arrivals On July 15, 2020

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French Polynesia, an island nation highly dependent on tourism, will reopen for non-resident arrivals on July 15, 2020.

You are required to have Covid-19 tests before departure and may be administered another one four days after arrival at a hotel or resort.

You can access Tahiti Tourism’s website here.

Here’s what required as of July 15, 2020 (per information available now):

Prior to departure

  • Compulsory COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test 72 hours before the departure to French Polynesia
  • 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);
  • 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
  • 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.

During the flight

  • Application of International Air Transport Association (IATA) sanitary measures for travel (airport procedures and procedures during the flight. Example: wearing a mask); See here for link to full guidelines.
  • 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).

During the stay

  • 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;
  • 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.

Airlines

If you have already booked your stay in The Islands Of Tahiti, we recommend that you consult the website of your airline company:

  • Aircalin
  • Air France
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Tahiti
  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • French Bee
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • LATAM
  • United

Conclusion

Air Tahiti Nui will restart its Paris via Los Angeles service immediately after arrivals are allowed next month.

Air Tahiti Nui’s international destination of New Zealand is closed for international arrivals for the foreseeable future, and it is unclear when Japan is open as well. Difficult to see the other airlines listed above rushing to begin flying to Papeete.

It will be challenging to get to Tahiti considering the lack of services outside of the United States.

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