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Travel Conditions in  The Islands of Tahiti

Since August 1, 2022, the travel restrictions still in effect between French Polynesia and mainland France have been lifted.

It is no longer necessary for vaccinated persons to present the vaccination certificate upon boarding the plane in order to enter the French territory.

As of May 12, 2023, travelers will no longer need to show proof of vaccination to board a flight to the United States.

For unvaccinated travelers: Testing is no longer mandatory for travel between mainland France and French Polynesia.

REMINDER : On departure from French Polynesia, travelers must comply with their country’s entry conditions, which may change regularly.

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French Polynesia Travel Restrictions

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Traveling from the United States to French Polynesia

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Not required

Not required for vaccinated visitors


Not required on public transportation.

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Can I travel to French Polynesia from the United States?

Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter French Polynesia.

Can I travel to French Polynesia if I am vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter French Polynesia without restrictions.

Can I travel to French Polynesia without being vaccinated?

Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter French Polynesia without restrictions.

Do I need a COVID test to enter French Polynesia?

Visitors from the United States are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering French Polynesia.

Can I travel to French Polynesia without quarantine?

Travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine.

Do I need to wear a mask in French Polynesia?

Mask usage in French Polynesia is not required on public transportation.

Are the restaurants and bars open in French Polynesia?

Restaurants in French Polynesia are open. Bars in French Polynesia are .

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Coronavirus COVID-19 - Travel Information

Papeete, may 12th, 2023, travel conditions in the islands of tahiti.

Since August 1, 2022, the travel restrictions still in effect between French Polynesia and mainland France have been lifted.

In this context, it is no longer necessary for vaccinated persons to present the vaccination certificate upon boarding the plane in order to enter the French territory.

As of May 12, 2023, travelers will no longer need to show proof of vaccination to board a flight to the United States.

For unvaccinated travelers : Testing is no longer mandatory for travel between mainland France and French Polynesia.

REMINDER : On departure from French Polynesia, travelers must comply with their country’s entry conditions, which may change regularly.

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Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. If you or your doctor need help finding a location that provides certain vaccines or medicines, visit the Find a Clinic page.

Routine vaccines


Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Immunization schedules

All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see  Your COVID-19 Vaccination  for more information. 

COVID-19 vaccine

Hepatitis A

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to French Polynesia.

Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.

Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.

Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.

Hepatitis A - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep A

Hepatitis B

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers of all ages traveling to French Polynesia.

Hepatitis B - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep B

Cases of measles are on the rise worldwide. Travelers are at risk of measles if they have not been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure, or have not had measles in the past, and travel internationally to areas where measles is spreading.

All international travelers should be fully vaccinated against measles with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, including an early dose for infants 6–11 months, according to  CDC’s measles vaccination recommendations for international travel .

Measles (Rubeola) - CDC Yellow Book

French Polynesia is free of dog rabies. However, rabies may still be present in wildlife species, particularly bats. CDC recommends rabies vaccination before travel only for people working directly with wildlife. These people may include veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers working with specimens from mammalian species.

Rabies - CDC Yellow Book

Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.

Typhoid - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Typhoid

Yellow Fever

Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

Yellow Fever - CDC Yellow Book

Avoid contaminated water


How most people get sick (most common modes of transmission)

  • Touching urine or other body fluids from an animal infected with leptospirosis
  • Swimming or wading in urine-contaminated fresh water, or contact with urine-contaminated mud
  • Drinking water or eating food contaminated with animal urine
  • Avoid contaminated water and soil

Clinical Guidance

Avoid bug bites.

  • Mosquito bite
  • Avoid Bug Bites
  • An infected pregnant woman can spread it to her unborn baby

Airborne & droplet

  • Breathing in air or accidentally eating food contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents
  • Bite from an infected rodent
  • Less commonly, being around someone sick with hantavirus (only occurs with Andes virus)
  • Avoid rodents and areas where they live
  • Avoid sick people

Tuberculosis (TB)

  • Breathe in TB bacteria that is in the air from an infected and contagious person coughing, speaking, or singing.

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in French Polynesia, so your behaviors are important.

Eat and drink safely

Food and water standards around the world vary based on the destination. Standards may also differ within a country and risk may change depending on activity type (e.g., hiking versus business trip). You can learn more about safe food and drink choices when traveling by accessing the resources below.

  • Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
  • Water Treatment Options When Hiking, Camping or Traveling
  • Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Healthy Water
  • Avoid Contaminated Water During Travel

You can also visit the Department of State Country Information Pages for additional information about food and water safety.

Prevent bug bites

Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in French Polynesia. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
  • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

What type of insect repellent should I use?

  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone
  • Always use insect repellent as directed.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

  • Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
  • Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.

What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs .

For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites .

Stay safe outdoors

If your travel plans in French Polynesia include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.

  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
  • Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
  • Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
  • If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
  • Protect yourself from UV radiation : use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
  • Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
  • Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.

Stay safe around water

  • Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
  • Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
  • Do not dive into shallow water.
  • Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
  • To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.

Keep away from animals

Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.

Follow these tips to protect yourself:

  • Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
  • Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
  • Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
  • Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
  • If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.

All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:

  • Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
  • Go to a doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.

Consider buying medical evacuation insurance. Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries.

Reduce your exposure to germs

Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:

  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.

Avoid sharing body fluids

Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.

Protect yourself:

  • Use latex condoms correctly.
  • Do not inject drugs.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
  • Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
  • If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.

Know how to get medical care while traveling

Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:

  • Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
  • Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
  • Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call French Polynesia’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
  • Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.

Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website ( ).

In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from the United States to avoid having to buy them at your destination.

Select safe transportation

Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.

In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.

Be smart when you are traveling on foot.

  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
  • Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
  • Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.


Choose a safe vehicle.

  • Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
  • Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
  • Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
  • Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
  • Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
  • Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.

Think about the driver.

  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
  • Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
  • Arrange payment before departing.

Follow basic safety tips.

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
  • When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
  • Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of French Polynesia may be poor.
  • Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
  • Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
  • If you choose to drive a vehicle in French Polynesia, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
  • Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
  • Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
  • Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
  • If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
  • Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.

Medical Evacuation Insurance

If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.

Helpful Resources

Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.

The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.

Maintain personal security

Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Before you leave

  • Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
  • Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
  • Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.

While at your destination(s)

  • Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate .
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
  • Follow all local laws and social customs.
  • Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
  • Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
  • If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.

Healthy Travel Packing List

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for French Polynesia (France) for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic . Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel .

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The paradise islands of French Polynesia are closing to visitors again

Feb 2, 2021 • 2 min read

 Young lady stand alone , look towards to the Otemanu mountain at Bora Bora island , French Polynesia , Pacific ocean .

The South Pacific archipelago has closed to international visitors © wilar / Shutterstock

Those who dream of visiting the paradise islands of French Polynesia will have to wait a while longer as it is closing again to international visitors from 3 February.

The South Pacific archipelago had previously reopened on 15 July, but following a spike in cases, it has shut down again in an effort to curb the impact of COVID-19. When the pandemic struck in March 2020, French Polynesia closed to visitors, and at that point, it had registered 62 cases of the virus. After it reopened in July and removed compulsory quarantine requirements, the numbers subsequently rose to 18,000 cases.

Under the new regulations, travelers who are currently on the islands can leave when their trip is over. Inbound travelers cannot enter the territory, but exceptions have been made for those entering due include the death of a family member, medical emergencies, administrative or judicial summons, or if they're health professionals working to address COVID-19.

French Polynesia is comprised of 118 islands, including the showstoppers, Tahiti and Bora Bora . Sculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons, visitors go there to experience warm, laid-back island culture. Most high islands are surrounded by fringing reef that creates a protected swimming pool of the most intense aqua imaginable.

A flower-lined bridge in French Polynesia

Fish, dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles and more inhabit the clear-water coral gardens that are as excellent for snorkelling as they are for diving and swimming. The slim stretches of white-, pink- and black-sand beaches are pretty springboards into the real draw: the lagoons.

For further information on what is required of travelers entering French Polynesia, please see here.

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French Polynesia Is Reopening to Tourists Coming From U.S. and Europe Next Month (Video)

Visitors headed to islands including Tahiti or Bora Bora will be required to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure.

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French Polynesia is preparing to reopen its borders, making the dream of its lush vegetation, coral sandbars, and dreamy overwater bungalows a reality quite soon.

Made up of 118 Islands, including Tahiti and Bora Bora, French Polynesia will reopen its borders for tourism initially to Europe and the United States on July 15, according to a press release from the French Polynesian government.

Per the criteria, also shared by Tahiti Tourisme, visitors to the islands will be required to take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure and provide documentation of negative results before boarding a flight. Travelers who tested positive for the virus more than three weeks before their trip will have to show an "immunity certificate" as their proof.

Tahiti Tourisme reps told Travel + Leisure that the island will be open to all tourists on July 15, however, as of now airlines from the U.S. and Europe, including United and Air France, are confirmed to be making their way to Tahiti.

South America-based Latam Airlines, who also flys to Tahiti International Airport, confirmed to T+L that they will not be heading to the islands just yet.

"We continue to evaluate our operations based on border and travel restrictions as well as demand, but have no fixed date regarding our flights to Tahiti," a spokesperson for the airline told us.

Air New Zealand, also listed on Tahiti's tourism site as an airline that flys there, did not immediately respond for comment regarding whether they'll also be flying visitors to French Polynesia by July 15.

Dates for flights from other countries have not yet been announced and rules for cruises were not immediately clear.

Upon arrival, visitors will have to fill out a form with their itinerary and contact information. While tourists are not required to wear a mask, it is recommended.

Travelers will also need to have a travel insurance policy, which may be covered by some credit cards. Tourists may be randomly tested for COVID-19 four days after arrival. If a visitor tests positive, they will be isolated and their itinerary will be traced.

French Polynesia, which hasn't had an active case of COVID-19 since May 29, has recorded 60 confirmed cases of the virus in total and no deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University , which tracks the spread of the virus.

In the meantime, beach lovers can get a dose of wanderlust with the islands' virtual campaign: " Tahiti Comes to You ." Get to know the coral gardeners on the islands and learn to cook traditional food in the video series.

French Polynesia isn't the only island paradise looking to welcome tourists back to its pristine beaches and shores. Several Caribbean islands , including the Bahamas , U.S. Virgin Islands , and Saint Lucia are reopening for visitors with restrictions aimed at mitigating the potential spread of the virus.

This story is developing and will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

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Tahiti is easily accessible by air from most parts of the world including the United States, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, France, Chile and Hawaii. Air Tahiti Nui is the primary international carrier, flying once or twice daily from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Faa'a International Airport (PPT). Departure times are usually in the late afternoon or evening with early morning arrivals in Papeete. Weekly flights are also available from Los Angeles on Air France and from Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines. Flight time is approximately 8.5 hours from Los Angeles and 5 hours from Honolulu (HNL).

Please note Air Tahiti Nui does not have an online check-in service and the counter closes one hour prior to takeoff. We recommend getting to the airport three hours before your departure time. If you are connecting from another flight, please consult with your travel specialist on a suggested minimum connection time.

You must present a valid passport to board any flight to French Polynesia. Your passport must be valid for 180 days beyond your return date and the first and last name listed on the document must match your international air tickets. There are no visa requirements for citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico or European Union staying up to 90 days in French Polynesia. Citizens of all other countries may need a visa in addition to a valid passport and should consult the nearest French Consulate or French Embassy as early as possible. It can take several weeks to obtain your visa.

Please note that entry requirements are subject to change. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documentation is complete and up to date for valid entry into the country. You will be asked to present your passport at customs in French Polynesia and again upon your return to your country of origin. We highly recommend making a photocopy of your passport and leaving it with a trusted friend. If you lose your passport while in Tahiti, this simple step can save a lot of time when getting a new one.

The following items are prohibited in both checked and unchecked luggage: live animals and plant material; compressed gas and explosives; flammable liquids; narcotics; and poisons, irritants and other substances or materials that are oxidizing, toxic, radioactive or magnetized. Safety regulations prohibit certain articles from being carried into the aircraft cabin, including firearms, ammunition, knives, scissors and other sharp or pointed instruments.

Each person may legally bring the following items into French Polynesia duty free: 200 cigarettes, 200 cigarillos, or 100 cigars; 50 grams of perfume; 500 grams of coffee; 100 grams of tea; 10 rolls of film; and 2 liters of alcohol. Returning home, U.S. customs allow an exemption of $800 in goods per resident, including one quart of liquor and 200 cigarettes; Canadian customs also allow an $800 exemption, including 1.1 liters of alcohol and 200 cigarettes.

Please note that luggage terms and conditions are subject to change and you should check with the airline prior to your departure.

Business Class allows two pieces at 32 kg (70 lbs) per passenger and Economy Class allows one piece at 23 kg (50 lbs) per passenger. Your luggage cannot exceed an overall dimension of 158 cm (62 in). All passengers are allowed one carry-on bag plus a personal item such as a small handbag, portable computer or camera bag. Carry-on bags cannot exceed 10 kg (22 lbs) and a total measure of 115 cm (45 in).

Any piece that weighs over 32 kg (70 lbs), or exceeds 200 cm (79 in) will not be accepted and must be shipped in advance by freight carrier. Air Tahiti Nui will allow surf, golf and diving equipment as long as the dimensions and weight do not exceed the maximum. For more information visit:

International passengers are allowed up to three pieces at 22.5 kg (50 lbs) upon presentation of their international plane ticket. Luggage cannot exceed an overall dimension of 150 cm (59 in). Only one carry-on per passenger is allowed in the cabin, with a maximum weight of 5 kg (11 lbs) and a maximum dimension of 45 x 35 x 20 cm (17 x 13 x 7 in).

An additional 5 kg (11 lb) allowance is available for divers upon presentation of their dive certificate. Luggage with a unit weight over 32 kg (70 lbs) cannot be checked and requires special procedures. For more information visit:

Faa'a International Airport (PPT) is situated just minutes away from downtown Papeete. Airport amenities include:

  • Currency exchange
  • Post office
  • Gift and pearl boutiques
  • Flower shop
  • Car rental offices
  • Tour operator offices
  • Two restaurants
  • Duty free shop
  • Secure luggage storage

Luggage storage is located in the main concourse, halfway between the international departures and arrivals areas. This storage is open from 6:00AM to midday, and 1:30pm to 10PM Monday thru Saturday, 6:00AM to midday, and 1:30pm to 6PM on Sundays. The price per day can vary according to the size of your items. Mastercard and Visa accepted.

The domestic airline is Air Tahiti. It offers the primary mode of transportation between the islands with regular flight service from Papeete. The island of Moorea can also be reached by daily ferry service from Tahiti, which takes approximately 30 minutes one way. If you prefer to get around by boat, a cruise or private catamaran is a great way to see multiple islands in one trip. Paul Gauguin, the Aranui III and other cruise ships depart from Papeete, while Tahiti Yacht Charter and Archipels Cruises offer a range of itineraries by catamaran.

Public transportation is more common on the island of Tahiti. The most inexpensive option is the local bus system. Taxis are also available at the hotels, airport and ferry terminal. For all other transfers and modes of transportation, we recommend booking ahead of time. For scenic tours, try an escorted excursion by Jeep, bus, boat, Jet Ski or helicopter. On the outer islands, public transportation is less common.

Rental cars and motorcycles are available in Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora, Raiatea and Taha'a, but often unnecessary. If you are staying on an outer motu in Bora Bora, for instance, the only way to reach the main island is by boat transfer. On certain islands, especially the Tuamotu Atolls, bicycle is usually the most popular mode of transportation.

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French Polynesia

Latest update.

We advise: 

Exercise normal safety precautions in French Polynesia.

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Local emergency contacts

Fire and rescue services, medical emergencies.

Call 15 or go to a hospital.

Call 17 or go to the nearest police station or gendarmerie station (outside of Papeete).

Advice levels

Exercise normal safety cautions  in French Polynesia

Exercise normal safety precautions  in French Polynesia

  • Strikes and industrial disputes can lead to unrest and disrupt essential services, including transport links. Protests can turn violent. Avoid large public gatherings.
  • The rate of serious crime is low. But petty crime, including theft and drink spiking, occurs. Keep your belongings close, especially in crowded places. Don't leave food or drink unattended.
  • French Polynesia has natural disasters, including cyclones and tsunamis. Check with the  High Commission of France in French Polynesia (French)  for updates. They also run a phone hotline during major emergencies. Your tour operator or accommodation provider may also be able to provide timely advice.
  • Cyclone season is from May to September due to a recent shift to El Niño conditions. However, tropical storms and cyclones may occur at any time. Understand and follow French Polynesia's cyclone alert system.
  • A tsunami can arrive within minutes of a tremor or earthquake. Know the warning signs and move immediately to high ground.

Full travel advice: Safety

  • Dengue-type epidemics are common in French Polynesia. Other insect-borne diseases include chikungunya and filariasis. Ensure your accommodation is insect-proof. Use insect repellent.
  • There have been cases of Zika virus. If you're pregnant, discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you travel.
  • Leptospirosis occurs in French Polynesia. Wear closed-toed shoes when walking and avoid contact with rivers or muddy water. Store food in sealed containers.
  • Other infectious diseases include scabies, influenza and conjunctivitis. Attend to symptoms such as fever, itchiness and skin wounds. Tap water in Papeete is usually safe to drink. Avoid raw and undercooked food. Outside Papeete, drink boiled or bottled water.
  • Medical facilities in Papeete are good, but those on other islands and outlying areas are basic. Ensure your travel insurance covers your condition and medical evacuation.

Full travel advice: Health

  • Understand the local laws. French Polynesia is an overseas territory of France. A mix of French and local laws apply.
  • Don't use or carry illegal drugs. You could face fines or imprisonment for having even small amounts.
  • By law, you must always have photo identification with you.
  • Same-sex marriage is legal. However, outside the main tourist islands, you may encounter more conservative attitudes.
  • Outside of tourist areas, standards of dress and behaviour are conservative. Take care not to offend.

Full travel advice: Local laws

  • You may not need a tourist visa for visits less than 3 months. Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest French Polynesian embassy or consulate for the latest details. 
  • If you're flying to French Polynesia with a stopover or transit in the United States, such as from Europe, you must comply with the entry requirements of the US authorities.

Full travel advice: Travel

Local contacts

  • The  Consular Services Charter  details what the Australian Government can and can’t do to help you overseas.
  • Australia has a Consulate-General in Papeete, on the island of Tahiti. They can provide consular assistance and passport services. They can't notarise documents.
  • To stay up to date with local information, follow the Consulate-General’s  social media accounts .

Full travel advice: Local contacts

Full advice

Civil unrest and political tension.

Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.

Strikes and industrial disputes can lead to social unrest. They may disrupt essential services, including:

  • local transport
  • domestic and international flights

Avoid demonstrations and crowds.

If there's a strike:

  • check on your flights before going to the airport
  • ask your tour operator if it affects tourist services
  • follow the instructions of local authorities

More information:

Demonstrations and civil unrest

Violent crime

The rate of serious crime is low in French Polynesia.

Petty crime

Petty crime happens, including drink spiking.

To protect yourself from petty theft and  assaults :

  • keep your belongings close, especially in crowded places
  • don't leave food or drink unattended
  • never accept drinks, food, gum or cigarettes from strangers or people you've just met
  • Partying safely

Cyber security

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or Bluetooth.

Social media can also be risky in destinations with social or political tensions or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.

More information: 

  • Cyber security when travelling overseas

Terrorism is a threat worldwide.

Swimming safely

No beaches in French Polynesia are patrolled. 

Obey warning signs and follow local authorities' advice. 

Shark attacks have occurred, including in the lagoons.

Tours and adventure activities

Transport and tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards. This includes adventure activities, such as scuba diving.

If you plan to do a tour or adventure activity :

  • check if your travel insurance policy covers it
  • ask about and insist on minimum safety requirements
  • always use available safety gear, such as life jackets or seatbelts

If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.

Climate and natural disasters

French Polynesia experiences  severe weather , including:

  • earthquakes
  • high swells

The High Commission of France in French Polynesia has procedures for natural disasters.

Check the  High Commission of France in French Polynesia (French)  for news and weather updates.

If there's an emergency, the High Commission of France will open a hotline (French). Call (+689) 40 44 42 10 for information.

Check weather reports regularly during your stay. Be prepared to change your plans if you need to.

  • Weather Bureau in French Polynesia (French)  
  • Fiji Meteorological Service
  • Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  • Joint Typhoon Warning Center (US Navy)

If there's a natural disaster:

  • secure your passport in a safe, waterproof place
  • monitor local media
  • monitor sources such as the  Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System
  • follow the advice of local authorities
  • keep in touch with your friends and family
  • ask your tour operator if tourist services at your destination are affected

Cyclone season is from May to September. However, tropical storms and cyclones may occur at any time of year.

Severe weather can bring:

  • disruptions to infrastructure
  • breaks in essential services

The direction and strength of tropical cyclones can change with little warning.

If there's a cyclone or severe tropical storm:

  • you may get stuck in the area
  • flights could be delayed or suspended
  • available flights may fill quickly
  • ports may close
  • adequate shelter may not be available

French Polynesia has a cyclone alert system with 6 levels:

  • Yellow: potential cyclone activity in the next 72 hours - follow weather forecasts and bulletins
  • Orange: potential cyclone activity in the next 48 hours - prepare for a cyclone
  • Red: the cyclone is imminent — in the next 12 to 18 hours - protect yourself and stay indoors
  • Red: during the cyclone - protect yourself and stay indoors
  • Purple: safeguard phase - damage and risks (electrical cables, etc.) are being assessed - remain alert
  • Green: end of cyclone alert

Learn about the alert system and recommended responses on the  High Commission of France website (French)  and from their  Cyclone Alert brochure (French).

If a cyclone is approaching:

  • know how to evacuate from your hotel or cruise ship
  • find your local shelter
  • monitor alerts and advice, including on local radio
  • go to the  Weather Bureau in French Polynesia (French)  for weather updates

Once the Safeguard Phase is announced:

  • take care leaving your shelter
  • look out for debris
  • avoid fallen electrical wires
  • Tropical storms 

Tsunamis may occur, so stay alert for warnings.

A tsunami can arrive within minutes of a tremor or earthquake. Get updates from the  U.S. Tsunami Warning System.

French Polynesia has 2 types of evacuation:

  • immediate — for a tsunami from Tonga which could arrive in one hour
  • staged — for a tsunami from South America or Alaska that could arrive in 8 hours

If you're near the coast, move immediately to high ground if advised by local authorities or if you:

  • feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up
  • feel a weak, rolling earthquake that lasts a minute or more
  • see a sudden rise or fall in sea level
  • hear loud and unusual noises from the sea

Don't wait for official warnings such as alarms or sirens.

Once on high ground, monitor local media.

To prepare yourself for earthquakes and tsunamis, you can:

  • subscribe to tsunami alerts from the  Global Disaster Alert and Co-ordination system
  • get earthquake updates from the  US Geological Service
  • get tsunami updates from the  U.S. Tsunami Warning System
  • High Commission of France in French Polynesia  Tsunami Alert brochure (French)
  • High Commission of France in French Polynesia  Cyclone Alert brochure (French)
  • Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System


Earthquakes  and tremors can happen in French Polynesia.

Ask your host or hotel about what to do if there's an earthquake.

To protect yourself during an earthquake:

  • consider tsunami risks
  • monitor earthquake information via the  United States Geological Survey

After an earthquake:

  • expect aftershocks
  • be ready for delays and adjust your travel plans
  • ask your tour operator if tourist services at your destination have been affected

Travel insurance

Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. 

Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation and adequate coverage for any pre-existing conditions. The Australian Government won’t pay for these costs.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you’ll be away

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare, or the welfare of someone you know, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips (Healthdirect Australia) 

Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be illegal or controlled substances, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in French Polynesia. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.

Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medication is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use

Health risks

Insect-borne diseases.

Dengue-type epidemics are common in French Polynesia, including  dengue type 2  epidemics.

Outbreaks of other insect-borne diseases can also happen, mostly in warmer and wetter months.

These include:

  • chikungunya
  • filariasis , particularly in rural areas

If you're pregnant, the Australian Department of Health recommends you:

  • discuss travel plans with your doctor
  • consider deferring non-essential travel to Zika virus-affected areas

To protect yourself from illness:

  • make sure your accommodation is insect-proof
  • use insect repellent
  • wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing

Get medical advice if you have a fever, muscle pains, a rash or a bad headache.

  • Infectious diseases
  • Health Department of French Polynesia (French)


To protect yourself against  leptospirosis :

  • wear closed-toed shoes when walking
  • avoid contact with muddy water or local rivers
  • store food in sealed containers
  • use a straw if you drink from a can
  • remove rubbish from around your buildings

Other health risks

You're also at risk of waterborne, foodborne, parasitic and other infectious diseases, including:

  • conjunctivitis
  • gastroenteritis

Tap water in Papeete is usually safe to drink.

  • attend to symptoms such as itchiness and skin wounds
  • avoid raw and undercooked food, such as salads
  • drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids in rural or remote areas

Get medical advice if you have a fever, muscle pain, a rash, diarrhoea or a severe headache.

If you travel outside of Papeete:

  • drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids
  • avoid ice cubes
  • Health Departments of French Polynesia (French)

Medical care

Medical facilities.

The standard of facilities in Papeete is very high. However, facilities in outlying areas and remote islands are basic.

Medical treatment is expensive.

The standard of rescue and emergency services is high. However, the travel time between Papeete and the outer islands may delay emergency responses.

You may need to be evacuated if you become seriously ill or injured. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.

There is a decompression facility at the Central Hospital of French Polynesia in Papeete. It can take hours to reach from popular dive sites on other islands.

Make sure your insurance covers medical evacuation and your planned activities.

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

French Polynesia is an overseas territory of France. A mix of French and local laws apply.

Travel advice for France

Penalties for drug offences, even small amounts, include fines and imprisonment.

Carrying or using drugs

Proof of identity

By law, you must always carry photo ID.

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you’re overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

Staying within the law and respecting customs

Dual citizenship

French Polynesia recognises dual nationals.

Dual nationals

Local customs

Dress and behaviour standards are conservative outside of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and other tourist areas.

Take care not to offend, especially outside tourist resorts.

Visits to certain sacred sites (marae) may require prior authorisation. Check with local authorities before visiting any natural or historical site.

LGBTI information

Under French law, same-sex marriage is legal. However, outside of the main tourist islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, you may encounter more conservative attitudes.

Advice for LGBTI travellers

Visas and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence, you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

Visa conditions

Visa-free travel for short stays.

You may not need a tourist visa for visits less than 3 months. However, you may need to show proof of the following:

  • sufficient money for your stay
  • accommodation
  • means to return home or onward travel ticket
  • adequate travel or health insurance
  • the purpose of your visit

In other situations, you may need a visa.

French Polynesia is an overseas territory of France.

Entry and exit conditions can change. Contact the  Embassy of France in Canberra  or the  Consulate of France in Sydney  for up-to-date information on visa requirements.

Border Measures for French Polynesia by Air

Conditions for travel to and from French Polynesia are available in English on the websites of the  French High Commission in French Polynesia  and  Tahiti Tourisme .

Travellers flying to French Polynesia with a stopover or transit in the United States, such as from Europe, must comply with the entry requirements of the US authorities (see the  Smartraveller advice for the United States of America ).

Check with your airline or travel agent for the most up-to-date information on entry and exit regulations that apply to you prior to planning your trip.

Measures may change at short notice.

Border Measures French Polynesia by Sea

Recreational vessels must send their  maritime health declaration  to the JRCC ( [email protected] ) 48 hours before arrival in French Polynesia.

Maritime entry points in French Polynesia are: 

  • Tahiti (Papeete)
  • Moorea (Afareaitu) 
  • Huahine (Fare)
  • Raiatea (Uturoa)
  • Bora Bora (Vaitape)
  • Nuku Hiva (Taiohae)
  • Hiva Oa (Atuona)
  • Ua Pou (Hakahau)
  • Rangiroa (Tiputa)
  • Mangareva (Rikitea)
  • Tubuai (Mataura)
  • Rurutu (Moerai)
  • Raivavae (Raima)

For better management of maritime stopovers in French Polynesia, recreational vessels should provide the Polynesian Department of Maritime Affairs ( [email protected] ) with the following information:

  • final arrival/departure island
  • final arrival/departure date
  • vessel name / vessel flag
  • identity of the skipper
  • number of people on board

You should contact the  Maritime Affairs Directorate of French Polynesia (DPAM)  and the  French State Department of Maritime Affairs in French Polynesia (SAM)  for advice on processes applicable to your specific circumstances. 

Information on arriving in French Polynesia by sea, including timeframes and requirements, is available on the DPAM  website  in English, including the flyer ' Arrival in French Polynesia by sea '.

You should check with the cruise operator and local authorities on additional requirements before booking a ticket, boarding and after boarding.

Staying in French Polynesia

If you're staying in French Polynesia:

  • follow the advice of  local authorities  (French). 
  • ensure you have arrangements in place for an extended stay. 
  • keep in contact with family and friends so they know you're safe and well. 
  • French High Commission in French Polynesia  (French)
  • Health Department of French Polynesia  (French)
  • Joint Rescue Coordination Centre – JRCC  (English and French)
  • Maritime Affairs Directorate of French Polynesia- DPAM  (French)
  • Tahiti Tourisme  (English and French)
  • French Ministry for the Interior  (English and French)

Other formalities

Some goods aren't allowed in French Polynesia. Other goods require specific approvals or other formalities.

  • Biosecurity Department of French Polynesia (French)
  • High Commission of France in French Polynesia (French)

Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you’re just transiting or stopping over.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. You may receive conflicting advice from different sources.

You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport’s expiry date before you travel. If you’re not sure it’ll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport .

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:

  • In Australia, contact the Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you're overseas, contact the nearest Australian embassy or consulate .

Passport with ‘X’ gender identifier 

Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest  embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.

  • LGBTI travellers

The local currency is the Pacific Franc (XPF — Franc Pacifique).

You can only change Australian dollars at the international airport during hours coinciding with the arrival of international flights.

You may not be able to use credit cards or find ATMs:

  • at smaller shops
  • on remote islands and atolls

Local travel

Industrial and political disputes as well as strikes can cause disruptions to essential services including transport. Monitor developments and plan as required.

To learn more about strikes and civil disputes see ' Safety '

Driving permit

You can drive in French Polynesia on a valid Australian driver's licence for up to one year after arrival.  

Road travel

Take care driving, particularly at night. Many roads are narrow and unpaved.

If you plan to drive:

  • check your insurance cover
  • learn local traffic laws and practices
  • keep your car windows up and doors locked
  • don't drink and drive
  • Road safety and driving
  • Transport Department of French Polynesia - Direction des Transports Terrestres (French) including Foreign Licences


Make sure your insurance policy covers you before riding a motorbike, quad bike or similar vehicle.

Always wear a helmet.

You can hail a taxi on the street in Papeete.

You can also find a taxi at the Faa'a international airport and in Papeete at the:

  • Station de Vaima
  • Station du March é (Market)
  • Station de Vaiete

Drivers may charge for luggage.

Taxis accept payment in cash only (no card facilities available).

Many outer islands don't have taxis.

Public transport

Major centres have a limited network of minibuses (Le Truck).

Minibus services:

  • can be hailed from the side of the road
  • operate weekdays until 6pm
  • have a limited weekend service

Ferries (navettes) run between Tahiti and smaller islands.

  • Transport and getting around safely
  • Travelling by boat
  • Tahiti Taxi

Some international cruise liners visit French Polynesia.

Medical facilities on cruise ships may not meet Australian standards.

Treatment may also cost more.

Many insurance companies have refused to pay for medical evacuations to hospitals in French Polynesia. These have been mostly claims by cruise passengers with existing conditions.

If you plan to go on a cruise:

  • check the on-board medical facilities meet your needs
  • ask about the costs of medical treatment onboard
  • get the right cover for your medical conditions
  • buy cover that includes medical evacuation
  • be aware Medicare benefits may not apply during your journey
  • Going on a cruise

DFAT doesn’t provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Check French Polynesia's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.


Depending on what you need, contact your:

  • family and friends
  • travel agent
  • accommodation provider
  • insurance provider

Call 17 or go to the nearest police station (in Papeete) or gendarmerie station (outside of Papeete).

Always get a police report when you report a crime.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Consular contacts

Read the  Consular Services Charter  for what the Australian Government can and can’t do to help you overseas.

For consular assistance, please contact the Australian Consulate-General in Papeete by phone at +68940 57 69 00 during business hours or by email at  [email protected] .

The consular assistance mailbox of the Australian Consulate-General in Papeete ( [email protected] ) is monitored regularly during our business hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm), except  public holidays observed by the Australian Consulate-General in Papeete. The consular telephone line in Papeete (+689 40 57 69 00) is staffed during our office hours Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Outside of our office hours and if you require urgent consular assistance, please call the 24/7 Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra at +61 2 6261 3305.

The Australian Consulate-General in Papeete can't notarise documents. For notarial services, consider checking with the relevant Australian authorities whether there are local options such as a foreign citizen who holds a particular professional title or occupation (e.g. notary public lawyer, police officers, etc.) who may be accepted as a witness.

Australian Consulate-General Papeete

Level 2, CCISM Building

41 rue du Docteur Cassiau

Papeete, Tahiti

French Polynesia 

Phone:  +689 40 57 69 00


Consular Assistance Email:   [email protected]

Facebook : L’Australie en Polynésie Française

Check the Consulate-General's website for further information, including details about opening hours and any temporary closures.

24-hour Consular Emergency Centre

In a consular emergency, if you can't reach the Australian Consulate-General in Papeete, contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 in Australia


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Unfortunately, as we all know, the pandemic is far from over. In fact, French Polynesia closed its borders to international tourists for three months just after we booked our trip.

Thankfully, French Polynesia reopened in May of this year with stringent entry requirements for international visitors. And our November trip was a go.

Vacationing in this idyllic island locale was as magical as I'd hoped it would be, even with COVID-19 travel and testing requirements.

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With health and safety precautions in place, we were comfortable enjoying activities and amenities at resorts across three islands in French Polynesia: Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Moorea.

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Visitors must follow specific instructions regarding entry requirements.

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On its website , the French Polynesia government spells out clearly what is required of foreign visitors. 

Currently, you need to be fully vaccinated to enter French Polynesia, no matter what country you're visiting from, if you don't want to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. 

If you're unvaccinated, before you arrive, you'll also have to "declare your compelling reason" for visiting, explain what your intended quarantine arrangements are, and receive "boarding authorization delivered by the High Commission."

As fully vaccinated US citizens flying from Aspen, Colorado (via Denver and San Francisco), to Papeete, Tahiti, my husband and I still needed to follow a strict set of criteria . We were required within 30 days of our departure to fill out an online ETIS form , detail our itinerary; agree to follow all safety protocols, and pay a "health surveillance fee" (approximately $48 per person for vaccinated travelers, and $115 for unvaccinated travelers).

Within 72 hours of departure to Tahiti, we had to also take a PCR COVID-19 test, or within 48 hours of departure, an antigen COVID-19 test.

Now, according to the latest details released on December 4 , no matter whether you choose a PCR or an antigen test, you must do it within 48 hours of departure, no matter your choice.

For the most current policies in French Polynesia, be sure to check the government website . With the Omicron coronavirus variant making its way around the world, countries are reacting quickly and making changes to their entry requirements, or shutting down completely. 

En route, we kept multiple copies of required travel documents at the ready.

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On our way to French Polynesia, in order to avoid any potential snafus, we kept all our documentation at the ready, both in digital and hard-copy form.

Since we'd uploaded key documents, such as our COVID test results, to United Airlines' online " Travel-Ready Center " before we checked into our first flight, we weren't asked to show any physical documentation to US airline ticket or gate agents. But we were prepared, just in case.

On arrival in Tahiti, we presented the important QR code and got a COVID-19 self-test.

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After our plane landed in Papeete, we entered the airport arrivals area where the QR code from the ETIS receipt was scanned, and we showed our passports to an immigration agent. Posted signs said we'd need to declare our COVID-19 vaccination status, but we weren't asked to present that documentation.

After finishing with immigration, we took a free COVID-19 self-test at a staffed station to swab our mouths and noses. It was painless and fast. 

While test results weren't immediate if one of us tested positive, health officials would find us via our ETIS contact information and lodging itinerary, and we'd have to quarantine at our expense.

Within 30 minutes of deplaning, we were outside the airport, meeting our taxi driver, and on our way to begin our vacation in paradise.

Immediately, we noticed signs everywhere requiring people to wear masks indoors.

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Mask usage was mandated indoors on all the islands. We saw signs requiring face coverings in airports, hotel lobbies, grocery stores, and ferry terminals on all the islands (Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora) we visited. 

Locals seemed to wear masks the most. Tourists seemed to need reminding.

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Local residents largely complied with these rules across the board. Even outdoors, walking down busy sidewalks and through crowded outdoor stalls, locals regularly wore masks.

Tourists on inter-island flights and ferries were more often not wearing masks properly. While I didn't overhear any staff in any instance enforce with, "Please wear your masks over your nose," I did once spot a hotel employee gently reminding a pair of guests that masks were required in the breakfast buffet line (they quickly complied).

For two different hotel spa treatments, I was told I could remove it once I got on the table for my massage.

While it would have been more enjoyable to go maskless — those face coverings did make me hot and sweaty in such warm weather — it wasn't a major detriment to the trip.

Since it meant doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep islanders safe, I was fine wearing face coverings as needed.

Hand sanitizers were also prevalent throughout French Polynesia.

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Hand-sanitizing stations were always available in hotel lobbies, restaurants, grocery stores, and on inter-island Air Tahiti flights. It was an added touch that made me feel safer — even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that the possibility of contracting COVID-19 from surfaces is "generally considered to be very low."

While I can't speak to what French Polynesia was like to visit prior to the pandemic, my first trip to the country was beautifully free of crowds.

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French Polynesia is a naturally uncrowded country. Together, its 118 islands and atolls total 1,544 square miles , about the size of Rhode Island, with a population of about 245,000. Annually, it sees just 300,000 tourists, compared to Hawaii's 10.4 million visitors. 

The only time we encountered lines or an excess of people was when we shopped among locals at the markets in downtown Papeete. 

We also queued up among dozens to board a ferry from Tahiti to Moorea, but once on the ferry, we found space to spread out, preferring to stand outside and watch the passing scenery in the fresh air. 

At all the hotels I booked, I noticed adjustments for COVID.

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I booked four resorts on our 12-day trip — InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa , InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort , Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa , and InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa , each with protocols in place that were intended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

Personal serving utensils were common at breakfast buffets.

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The hotels I stayed at served lavish breakfast buffets, even amid the pandemic. However, at each, guests were given a set of tongs or serving utensils to use at the various stations. 

Personally, I loved this initiative. Sure, it meant more utensils to wash, but I liked that no one had to share the same ones.

Some hotel services were limited, but it didn't affect us.

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In addition to the buffet, some other amenities were impacted by COVID. At all of our hotel stays, either restaurants or boutiques had shortened hours or were closed, or a spa treatment menu was truncated, with limited appointments.

However, we didn't have any issues making reservations for meals or massages and only experienced timely, friendly service from restaurant waitstaff or front-desk employees. 

We were still able to take advantage of complimentary stand-up paddleboards and kayaks.

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Many hotel outdoor offerings remained available during our visit.

When we weren't lounging and reading on our own quiet bungalow deck, we'd head over to the activity palapa on the beach and borrow stand-up paddleboards and kayaks to cruise around the lagoons. We brought our own snorkels and masks to marvel at the extraordinary colorful fish that made their home amid the coral, though the hotels did provide complimentary gear to guests, too.

Hotel group excursions were still plentiful, from food tours to snorkel trips and sunset cruises.

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We opted for one paid excursion, a private pontoon boat rental.

We packed a picnic lunch and snorkel gear and explored the underwater world on our own for a few hours in a Bora Bora lagoon. We were far from people, creating our own adventure. 

When it was time to eat, I never waited to be seated at restaurants, food arrived quickly, and the staff was gracious.

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In contrast, in the United States, I've experienced short-staffed restaurants and exceedingly long waits for service.

In French Polynesia, staffing didn't seem to be a problem .

Dining outside was always an option.

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Outdoor dining is plentiful in French Polynesia. We loved the cozy beachfront Fare Maheata in Moorea and the busy food trucks (roulottes) near the ferry terminal in Papeete. 

French Polynesia's tropical weather made it easy to stay outdoors breathing in the fresh air.

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Besides one afternoon of ongoing rain, I experienced glorious tropical weather on my trip, even at the start of the typical rainy season, which runs from November to April.

Given the warm temperatures — 80°F and partly sunny most afternoons — we spent the majority of our time outside. With coronavirus still a threat, it felt good to be outdoors, breathing fresh air, while remaining generally distant from other people.

The romantic setting almost seemed tailor-made for social distancing.

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While some tourists might mingle in the pool or make new friends at a hotel happy hour, we preferred to keep to ourselves, enjoying our own company at tables for two and in our very private villa accommodations.

At the end of our trip, we needed a COVID test to return to the United States.

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Before flying home to the US, we had to take a COVID-19 test within three days of our departure. However, the rules have changed since then, and as of December 6, all international incoming travelers to the US must have a COVID-19 test within one day of traveling by air.

Rapid tests were offered at the airport before our return flight, which would have been convenient, but expensive. The service cost about $96. Instead, we went to a local pharmacy that was a 15-minute walk from our hotel for our test, which only took 20 minutes and cost about one-third of the price for a rapid test at the airport.

We secured signed, hard-copy test results from the pharmacist, which we needed to show an airport employee — along with our CDC vaccination cards — before boarding the first of three flights home.

Ultimately, COVID-19 travel requirements and health precautions didn't take away from our tropical vacation in uncrowded, romantic French Polynesia.

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From its friendly residents and over-the-top luxury overwater bungalows to its jaw-dropping landscapes and incredible underwater exploration, French Polynesia absolutely delivered on a bucket-list vacation my husband and I had dreamed of for years.

The pandemic-related travel requirements didn't take away from our trip, and if anything, we appreciated the extra precautions intended to keep visitors and locals safe and healthy.

Had we chosen to postpone our trip, we wouldn't have experienced these fun adventures.

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I'm glad we didn't let a few forms and COVID-19 tests stop us from enjoying what I believe was our best vacation ever.

Had we canceled our trip due to the hassle of pandemic-related entry and exit requirements and a few health precautions while in the country, we would have missed out on sublime sunsets, spectacular snorkeling, and romantic overwater bungalows perched above aqua lagoons.

If there's anything that the pandemic has taught me, it's that we cannot predict tomorrow.

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I don't regret taking the opportunity to spend time with my husband in the most beautiful locale halfway around the world. 

It was the perfect restorative break from everyday life, and it only confirmed my desire to keep traveling, as often and as safely as I can, as the pandemic continues.

I can't wait to return to paradise someday.

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Fourth time is the charm: What it's like traveling to Tahiti right now

Clint Henderson

Oh, the saga of my multiple foiled attempts to get to French Polynesia. Fortunately, this time there's a happy ending to tell you about.

I was first booked for Tahiti in March 2020, right as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down international borders. I was able to cancel the trip and get refunds and credits, and I figured I'd just rebook a few months later. Ha. As you can imagine, the second trip I planned for September 2020 was also canceled . Once borders began reopening in the winter of 2021, I tried again and was all set to go again in August. Unfortunately, the third time wasn't the charm as the delta variant of coronavirus raged and French Polynesia shut down inter-island travel again.

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This time, though, the stars aligned and my trip on Oct. 23 actually happened. In fact, just a few days ago I arrived at Fa'a'ā International Airport (PPT) in Tahiti. Despite the stress and the hoops you have to jump through, I think it's worth the investment of time and energy to come to this bucket list destination.

Here's what you need to know to visit Tahiti.

What's required

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To travel to Tahiti, you'll need to be vaccinated. You'll also need a negative COVID-19 test, an ETIS visa approved ahead of time, a statement declaring you are coronavirus-free and your passport. You can technically come if you are not vaccinated, but you would need to apply for a "compelling reason" waiver and quarantine on arrival. Fortunately, I am fully vaccinated.

Related: When will international travel return? A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery

The COVID-19 test can be either a PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for Tahiti or an antigen test less than 24-hours old. I opted to get to Los Angeles a day early as I knew there was a testing site at the airport that I had used before for a PCR test to go to Hawaii. Clarity Labs makes the testing process fairly easy. The company has three locations at LAX.

Related: Traveling soon? Here's how to get a COVID-19 test

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As this was my first international trip since the coronavirus pandemic, I was anxious and I made sure that I filled out the application for entry very early. I initially applied back in August. That trip got postponed, but I was able to use the same ETIS and just change the dates and the itinerary. Once I submitted the information, I had my visa with its special QR code within a day via email.

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The ETIS from the government is fairly self-explanatory. Be sure to check the box for English at the top unless you are fluent in French. You'll then check various boxes on various screens before you are prompted to fill out your itinerary.

You can follow along with the steps in the attached gallery. Note that you'll need all your details, including arrival and departure information, hotel phone numbers and addresses and any inter-island travel you'll be doing. Finally, you pay a 5,000 XPF fee for health monitoring costs (about $49).

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I also had everything printed out at the Hyatt Regency LAX where I was staying. I'm really glad I ended up getting an early flight a full two days before my Air Tahiti Nui flight. The Thursday night flight I was originally scheduled on to LAX from Bozeman, Montana, was canceled as part of a SkyWest IT meltdown on Thursday.

Make sure you have that QR code handy for each step of the trip.

Related: Where can Americans travel internationally?

Anyway, I scheduled my PCR test at the Clarity lab outside Terminal 6 at LAX for Friday morning. It cost $125 and I had the results just about three hours later.

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Checking in

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I tried to stop by the Air Tahiti Nui ticket counter on Friday night around 9 p.m. to check my papers, but the lines were very long and the agent at the premium counter told me he couldn't spare the time with the check-in line as long as it was.

So the next day I got to the Air Tahiti Nui tickets counters at Los Angeles International's Tom Bradley Terminal almost four hours before my flight as I was nervous about all the paperwork.

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John checked me in. He didn't ask for my sworn statement about my health. He only wanted to see my negative COVID-19 test results and my ETIS visa information and most importantly the QR code for the ETIS. He did ask about my return flight information, likely because it was on a separate reservation.

Related: Booking Tahiti on points and miles

At the boarding area, they didn't ask for any of my papers. I even went to the gate agent to check, but they just wanted to verify passports and boarding passes.

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After boarding, I was surprised there were no announcements about travel requirements or entry restrictions. Flight attendants did hand out visitor and immigration cards not long after we crossed 10,000 feet about 20 minutes into the flight, but those forms were to identify the nature of your business in French Polynesia and your immigration status. The forms didn't even mention COVID-19.

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Shortly before landing, flight attendants made the normal landing announcements, but nothing about the entry protocols.

Arriving at Fa'a'ā International Airport (PPT)

Upon arrival at Fa'a'ā International Airport (PPT), you deplane via a set of stairs. It was gently raining when I arrived, but I still wanted to kiss the tarmac. The temperature was a perfect 72 degrees.

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As soon as you enter the arrivals hall, you are greeted by an airport employee who directs you to one of two lines. To add to the ambiance, there is a three-person Polynesia band playing in the arrivals hall.

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The first form you need to have ready is your visitor card. After a brief lineup, the next station wants to see your ETIS QR code.

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The guy who checked my form was very friendly, asked for my name and then handed me a self-test kit with my name written on it.

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He sent me along to another, longer line that snaked through the terminal to immigration. The immigration agent wanted my form for immigration status and asked me where I was staying. He checked my passport too and stamped it. He also wanted to see the printout of my negative COVID-19 test results again. When I struggled to find my test paper, he waved me through.

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The final step on the arrival journey was a testing area near the baggage claim. There were several semi-private tables with a technician who walked me through the nasal self-swab after asking me to blow my nose and then a mouth swab after I coughed three times into my elbow. He sealed up the two swabs and sent me on my way. I assume, like Hawaii, they don't reach out unless you were to test positive, as I haven't heard from anyone so far.

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All in all, it took about 35–40 minutes, and I was on my way to paradise.

Related: The best ways to get to Tahiti using points and miles

Bottom line

While I wouldn't call getting to French Polynesia easy, I do think it wasn't as cumbersome as I feared. In fact, it's not that much different from my trips to Hawaii when it still required registration, prearrival testing and testing on arrival.

Related: Everything you need to know about visiting a reopening Hawaii

On this trip, I'll get to visit Bora Bora, Moorea , Rangiroa and Tahiti. In fact, I'm finishing this article from a beautiful lagoon room at the Sofitel on Moorea.

I'll be able to spend nearly two weeks in paradise. I'd call the little bit of extra work it takes well worth the effort.

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Coronavirus COVID 19 - the Opening of French Polynesia's Borders

Papeete, october 22nd, 2020 - tahiti.

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Papeete, October 22nd, 2020

Conditions of entry and stay in french polynesia.

“In accordance with the authorization provided in point II, article 10 of the aforementioned decree, and with regard to local circumstances, are also likely to justify travel to and from French Polynesia the activities in connection with the imperative of economic recovery of the territory, including in particular investment, tourism or cultural and sporting events”. – Art.11 of the Order n° HC 3099 CAB of October 20, 2020 .

As a reminder, 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 15 th , 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:

  • Proof of a negative RT-PCR test ( list of approved and non approved tests ) carried out within three  days prior to their international air departure ;
  • Present the receipt of the health registration on the platform ( Electronic Travel Information System ) ;
  • Self-test 4 days after arrival in The Islands of Tahiti.

Also, the authorities of French Polynesia have declared a state of health emergency with the application of new measures  until November 16, 2020 included (which may be extended until November 25):

  • Prohibition of family or friendly festive events in establishments open to the public (ERP);
  • Prohibition of gatherings of more than 6 people on the public roads or in any public place;
  • Sports establishments reduce their capacity by 50%;
  • Prohibition to organize “bingo” lotteries and cockfights;
  • Funeral wakes limited to groups of 10 people.

In addition, the authorities have decided to extend the applicable measures until November 16, 2020 included (which may be extended until November 25):

  • Maintaining the closure of discotheques and nightclubs and banning of of dancing, ball dancing in all establishments open to the public (ERP);
  • 6 people maximum per table in restaurants and pubs (sitting, minimum distance of 1 meter between each group, mandatory wearing of masks when moving within the establishment);
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory : in all enclosed places and ERPs, in certain open-air public spaces (parks, markets, garage sales, etc.), in the vicinity of certain places (schools, airports, ferry terminals, places of worship, sports facilities, etc.), on public transport, during authorized gatherings (funeral ceremonies, protest events, professional gatherings, guided tours, etc.).
  • Reinforcement of measures within ERPs. Reinforced controls and sanctions. Failure to comply with these provisions is punishable by a fine of 89,000 xpf (€745,820).

A curfew will be established in Tahiti and Moorea. All trips, circulation or movement in public areas are prohibited, every day, between 9:00 pm and 4:00 am. The curfew will take effect from Saturday, October 24 at 9 p.m. until November 16, with the possibility to extend it. The certificate can be downloaded on the website of the High Commission . Find the curfew terms and conditions in the frequently asked questions.  



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Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs. Violent crime is rare.

Ensure that personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are secure at all times.


Demonstrations take place from time to time. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Water activities

Lifeguards don’t usually supervise beaches. Tidal changes can cause powerful currents and riptides are common.

Rescue services may not be consistent with international standards.

  • Consult residents and tour operators for information on possible hazards and safe swimming areas
  • Wear reef shoes to protect yourself against coral cuts and stonefish
  • Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities

Tour operators may not adhere to international standards.

If you undertake adventure sports, such as diving:

  • choose a well-established and reputable company that has insurance
  • ensure that your travel insurance covers the recreational activities you choose

Water safety abroad

Adventure tourism

If you engage in adventure tourism:

  • never do so alone
  • always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • ensure that you’re properly equipped
  • ensure that you’re well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary
  • obtain detailed information on each activity before setting out

Road safety

Road conditions and road safety can vary greatly throughout the country.

Roads are narrow. Many secondary roads are not paved and don’t have streetlights.

Drivers don’t always respect traffic laws. Most of the time, they don’t give pedestrians the right of way.

Exercise caution, particularly after dark.

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

French Polynesia is a French overseas collectivity. However, it’s not part of the Schengen Area.

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the French authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave French Polynesia.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days Residence visa: required Work visa: required Business visa: required Student visa: required

Other entry requirements

Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay.

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever   is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country   where yellow fever occurs.


  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Contact a designated  Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre  well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

In this destination, rabies  may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. 

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife. 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Zika virus is a risk in this country. 

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects.

During your trip:

  • Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
  • Use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact, particularly if you are pregnant.

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you should discuss the potential risks of travelling to this destination with your health care provider. You may choose to avoid or postpone travel. 

For more information, see Zika virus: Pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Medical services and facilities

Healthcare is good on the major islands but limited in remote or less-populated areas. Healthcare providers may require upfront payment.

Medical evacuation can be very expensive and you may need it in case of serious illness or injury.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

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The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

French Polynesia is a French overseas collectivity.

Canada and France are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in France or its overseas collectivities to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and French authorities.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in France.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of France, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and France.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in French Polynesia, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Polynesian court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in French Polynesia to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

2SLGBTQI+ travellers

French law does not prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex.

However, 2SLGBTQI+ travellers could be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sex characteristics.

Travel and your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics

Dress and behaviour

Outside tourist areas, to avoid offending local sensitivities: 

  • dress conservatively
  • behave discreetly
  • respect religious and social traditions

You can drive for up to 1 year with a valid Canadian driver’s licence. If your licence is not in French, you must provide an official translation or have an international driving permit. After 1 year, you must obtain a French Polynesian driver’s licence.

International Driving Permit

The currency in French Polynesia is the CFP (Comptoirs français du Pacifique) franc (XPF).

Currency can be exchanged at the airport in Tahiti and at major banks. Outside of the busiest tourist islands and major hotels, only cash in local currency may be accepted.

Cyclones usually occur from November to April. During this period, even small storms can quickly develop into major cyclones.

These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.

If you decide to travel to French Polynesia during the cyclone season:

  • know that you expose yourself to serious safety risks
  • be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
  • stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
  • follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
  • Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons
  • Large-scale emergencies abroad

Earthquakes and tsunamis

French Polynesia is located in an active seismic zone and is prone to earthquakes. Tsunamis and earthquakes occur.

A tsunami can occur within minutes of a nearby earthquake. However, the risk of tsunami can remain for several hours following the first tremor.

If you’re staying on the coast, familiarize yourself with the region’s evacuation plans in the event of a tsunami warning.

  • Earthquakes - What to Do?
  • Tsunami alerts - U.S. Tsunami Warning System

Local services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • medical assistance: 15
  • firefighters: 18

Consular assistance

There is no resident Canadian government office in French Polynesia. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the Consulate General of Australia to French Polynesia in Papeete, Tahiti, and the Consulate General of Australia to New Caledonia, in Nouméa, under the Canada-Australia Consular Services Sharing Agreement.

Sign up to receive email updates from the Australian government on situations and events that could affect your safety while in French Polynesia.

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For emergency consular assistance, call the Consulate General of Australia to French Polynesia in Papeete, Tahiti, or the Consulate General of Australia to New Caledonia, in Nouméa, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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French Polynesia

Travel Advisory July 24, 2023

French polynesia - level 1: exercise normal precautions.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information.

Exercise normal precautions in French Polynesia.

Read the  country information page  for additional information on travel to French Polynesia.

If you decide to travel to French Polynesia:

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
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  • Review the  Country Security Report  for French Polynesia.
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Embassies and Consulates

There is no U.S. Embassy or Consulate in French Polynesia. However, there is a U.S. Consular Agent in French Polynesia who can provide assistance. You may also contact the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji .

Centre Tamanu Iti, 1er etage 98718 Punaauia French Polynesia Telephone:  +(689) 4042-6535 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy duty officer in Suva, Fiji: +(679) 772-8049 Fax: +(689) 4050-8096 Email:  [email protected]

U.S. Embassy Suva 158 Princes Rd, Tamavua Suva, Fiji Islands Telephone: +(679) 331-4466 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(679) 772-8049 Fax: +(679) 330-2267 Email:   [email protected]

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

U.S. citizens do not need a visa if entering on a regular tourist passport and staying no more than 90 days out of every six months. If the purpose of the trip is not tourism (work, scientific research, etc.), then you may be required to obtain a visa before arrival in French Polynesia. If traveling as a tourist, you must be in possession of a return ticket. 

For further information about entry requirements, particularly if entering by sea, contact the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the French Embassy at 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20007, telephone 202-944-6200, fax 202-944-6212, or visit the  Embassy of France's web site .

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of French Polynesia.

Find information on  dual nationality,  prevention of international child abduction  and  customs regulations  on our websites.

Safety and Security

Public Safety:  Protests and strikes periodically occur and can sometimes be violent. Messages regarding possible social unrest, and natural disasters are posted on the  embassy’s website . 

Crime:  Although French Polynesia has a low crime rate, petty crime, such as pick pocketing and purse snatching, does occur. You should secure your valuables at all times and remain particularly vigilant at night. Make sure you lock your doors and secure your windows.

See our website and the  FBI  pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

  • U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should contact the U.S. Embassy.
  • Report crimes to the local police at 17 (emergencies) and contact the U.S. Consular Agency at +689 4042-6535.
  • Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on  victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more  information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Please ensure that items you purchase in French Polynesia are not pirated or counterfeit. Purchasing or owning these items may have legal consequences in French Polynesia or the United States.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification:   If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTQI+ events in French Polynesia.

See   our  LGBTQI+ Travel Information   page and section 6 of our  Human Rights report  for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance .  While in French Polynesia, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation different from what you find in the United States. The law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical or mental disabilities in employment, education, access to health care, and the provision of other state services. The French Polynesian government generally enforces these provisions effectively.

French Polynesia subscribes to laws that require disability accommodations, and many new buildings with public or community space are accessible. Many existing buildings as well as transportation systems do not yet meet these requirements. Accessibility is a requirement, however, for new construction. 

Students:  See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

Medical treatment is generally good on the major islands, but is limited in more remote or less populated areas. In less populated areas where there are no hospitals, medical assistance can be found at a Dispensaire, a French government-run free clinic. Patients with emergencies or serious illnesses are often referred to facilities on Tahiti for treatment. In emergencies, evacuation by air to Papeete may be required. For medical emergencies in French Polynesia, dial 15 for an ambulance.

The Department of State does not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.  See our webpage for more  information on insurance providers for overseas coverage . Visit the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend  supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation.

Medication: If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of  French Polynesia  to ensure the medication is legal in French Polynesia. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers should consider being vaccinated for hepatitis A and typhoid, which can be transmitted through contaminated food and water.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Road conditions in French Polynesia are different than in the United States. While most major roads are paved, many secondary roads are not. In urban areas, traffic is brisk and vehicles and pedestrians jockey for space on narrow streets. Tourists should exercise caution when driving, particularly at night. While extensive sections of the road circumnavigating the island of Tahiti have streetlights, many side streets do not.

Tourists who rent bicycles or mopeds should take extra precautions to avoid collisions, even on roads with little traffic. At night, beware of bicycles operating without proper lights.

Traffic Laws:  Crosswalks are marked, and the law requires that motor vehicles stop for pedestrians; however, this law is not always followed in practice. Driving while intoxicated is illegal. Use of a mobile phone while driving is also illegal.

Public Transportation:   Maintain control of your personal belongings on public transportation such as buses and ferries. Be aware of the possibility of pickpocketing.

See our  Road Safety page  for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight:   The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of French Polynesia’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of French Polynesia’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to French Polynesia should check for U.S. maritime  advisories  and  alerts .  Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport  website, and the  NGA broadcast warnings website.

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    Since July 15 th, 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: Self-test 4 days after arrival in The Islands of Tahiti. Also, the authorities of French Polynesia have declared a state of health emergency ...

  22. Travel advice and advisories for French Polynesia

    This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. ... COVID-19. Coronavirus disease ... If you decide to travel to French Polynesia during the cyclone season:

  23. French Polynesia International Travel Information

    Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Travel Advisories.