CoronaVirus COVID-19 – Travel Ban to French Polynesia Lifted as of July 15
Updated October 2, 2020 (extended Peace of Mind booking policy)
Great news – The Islands of Tahiti are open for business again as of July 15th 2020. The government has removed the mandatory 2 week quarantine.
As with all countries that are opening up for travel and tourism their are new conditions in the world we live in. The following conditions apply for travellers and are subject to change in the changing world we live in:
French Polynesia has confirmed conditions of entry and stay in the country applicable to all travelers from 6 years old (resident and non-resident) arriving by air.
Since July 15th, 2020, quarantine measures are lift and French Polynesia’s borders re-open to international tourism from all countries. All travelers are subject to the following mandatory conditions:
- Prior to boarding:
- During the stay:
- Self-test 4 days after arrival in The Islands of Tahiti.
PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
1. COVID-19 Test
A SARS-CoV-2 virus genome test (the SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test) has to be carried out by all travelers in a health authority center (hospital, clinic, medical centre, Covid-19 testing Center, or medical analysis laboratory) within three days before the flight to Tahiti (at the passenger’s expense). List of Approved & Non- Approved Tests – Click Here
Ex: flight departure on Monday 11pm, the passenger needs to take the test and receive results between Friday morning and the scheduled flight departure time.
The results of this test must be negative and will need to be presented to airline staff upon check-in prior to boarding the flight to French Polynesia.
No boarding will be allowed if the test is positive.
2. Sanitary entry form online (Etis.pf)
After obtaining the negative test results, each adult must fill out a digital Sanitary entry form online on the dedicated platform (ETIS Form – Click Here) 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).
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.
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.
- Wear a mask during the flight
DURING THE STAY
- Wearing of masks is mandatory in all shops, water taxis/ferry transportation, airplanes, public ground transport, airports and ferry terminals. Requirements will be enforced by controls and sanctions. Failure to comply with these requirements is punishable by a fine of up to €745.82.
- Respecting prevention measures at all times and in all places;
- In case of a change of itinerary, travelers should update the “itinerary” part of their file on the Etis.pf website;
- 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.
- Self-diagnosis of visitors: in case of doubt on the traveler’s state of health (fever and/or flu symptoms), they are required to contact the reception of their accommodations and/or call directly to (+689) 40 455 000. If they feel any sign of distress, they should dial “15” (emergency services);
- Depending on the diagnosis made by the Health Authorities, follow their instructions which may include isolation measures and / or carrying out an additional RT-PCR test.
EXTENDED – PEACE OF MIND – COMMON CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY (updated October 1, 2020)
Myself and all the travel suppliers in Tahiti realize this is a difficult time of uncertainty so we have therefore put together a more uniformed cancellation and change policy with most major hotels, Air Tahiti Nui and Air Tahiti.
The new policy applies for any cancellations and change requests, for new reservation made between May 1 and March 31, 2021 for travel to French Polynesia between July 15, 2020 and June 30,2021
The cancellation or change fees will be waived in the case of:
- A lock down in the client’s country of residence,
- The inability to travel to French Polynesia due to the closure of the borders in transit stops,
- A lock down in French Polynesia,
- The inability to travel to French Polynesia for a traveler whose Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to departure was found to be positive,
- The inability to a stay in French Polynesia for a traveler declared positive while in French Polynesia
All prepaid trip reimbursements will be done at the latest within 12 months from the initial date of booking.
Upon making your booking please confirm with me if all of your hotels, airlines and tour operators have joined into this unique cancel and change policy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below is a link to a document put out by Tahiti Tourisme with answers to some Frequently Asked Questions
HOTEL REOPENING DATES
- The Brando : Open for Business
- Intercontinental Tahiti : Open for Business
- Intercontinental Bora Bora (both Le Moana & Thalasso) : Open for Business
- Intercontinental Moorea : Permanently closed
- Conrad Bora Bora Nui : Open for Business
- Pearl Resorts (Tahiti, Taha’a, Tikehau & Nuku Hiva) : Open for Business
- Bora Bora Pearl Resort & Spa : Soft Opening on Sept 1st & Oct 1, 2020 official grand reopening.
- Four Seasons Bora Bora : Open for Business
- The St. Regis Bora Bora : Open for Business
- Le Méridien Bora Bora : closed for renovations
- Manava Hotels (Tahiti & Moorea) : Open for Business
- Sofitel Hotel Tahiti Ia Ora : opening date to be announced
- Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort : Open for Business
- Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island : opening date to be announced
- Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort : closure is extended until the end of the year
- Vahine Island : Open for Business
- Kia Ora : Open for Business
- Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa: Open for Business
- Paul Gauguin Cruise – July 29th, 2020 – 10 Night Society Islands and Tuamotus
Flights are once again operating on reduced schedules.
Additional Updates – if you would like hear more current updates and thoughts on the opening of the islands, I am often giving an update on Instagram TV (IGTV) if you look for my ‘Walk and Talk Tahiti’ Series – click here OR if subcribe to my YouTube Channel for updates there – Click here