COVID-19

CoronaVirus COVID-19 – Travel Ban to French Polynesia Lifted as of July 15

Updated July 211th, 2020

Great news – The Islands of Tahiti have announced they will reopen for International Tourist starting 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 will apply as the country opens up:

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).

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.pf link coming up soon) 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], available from Saturday, July 11th 2020.

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

DURING THE STAY

  • Wearing a mask is recommended (from the age of 11 years old);
  • 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.

 

NEW – COMMON CHANGE AND CANCELLATION POLICY

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 September 30, 2020 for travel within 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.

 

HOTEL REOPENING DATES

  • The Brando :  opens on July 15th, 2020
  • Intercontinental Tahiti : opens July 1st, 2020
  • Intercontinental Bora Bora (both Le Moana & Thalasso) : opens July 15th, 2020
  • Intercontinental Moorea :  Permanently closed
  • Conrad Bora Bora Nui : opens on July 15th, 2020.
  • Pearl Resorts (Tahiti, Taha’a, Tikehau & Nuku Hiva) : open on July 15th, 2020.
  • Bora Bora Pearl Resort & Spa : Soft Opening on  Sept 1st & Oct 1, 2020 official grand reopening.
  • Four Seasons Bora Bora : opens July 1st, 2020.
  • The St. Regis Bora Bora : opens July 23rd, 2020.
  • Le Méridien Bora Bora : closed for renovations
  • Manava Hotels (Tahiti & Moorea) : open on July 10th, 2020.
  • Sofitel Hotel Tahiti Ia Ora : opens Aug 1, 2020
  • Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort : opens July 10th, 2020
  • Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island : opens July 15th, 2020
  • Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort : closure is extended until the end of the year
  • Vahine Island : opened  May 15th, 2020.
  • Kia Ora : opens on July 22nd, 2020
  • Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa: opens July 20th, 2020

CRUISE

  • Paul Gauguin Cruise – July 29th, 2020 – 10 Night Society Islands and Tuamotus

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

*Again these are current as of May 29, 2020 but are subject to change

  • Air Tahiti Nui flights will being daily from LAX to Papeete as of July 16th 2020
  • Air France flights are expected to begin on July 11th – From Paris to Papeete via Vancouver ** Not stopping in Los Angeles **  ** Unfortunately boarding not permitted at this time in Vancouver **
  • French Bee flights are expected to resume July 15th – details to be confirmed
  • Hawaiian Airlines extends the suspension of its operations between Honolulu and Papeete until June 30th, 2020 inclusive.
  • United Airlines flights are expected to resume August 4th

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 

Mauruuru,

Carl