What Travel To Tahiti, Moorea & Bora Bora Looks Like During COVID

Visitors should follow specific instructions regarding entry requirements.

I am glad that travel constraints and restrictions did not prevent me from witnessing the beauty of French Polynesia.

Kara williams


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

Currently, you must be fully vaccinated to enter French Polynesia, no matter what country you are from, if you do not wish to quarantine yourself for 10 days upon arrival.

If you are not vaccinated, before your arrival you will also have to “declare the compelling reason” for your visit, explain your planned quarantine arrangements and receive “a boarding authorization issued by the high commission”.

As fully vaccinated U.S. citizens flying from Aspen, Colorado (via Denver and San Francisco) to Papeete, Tahiti, my husband and I always had to follow a strict set of criteria. Within 30 days of our departure, we had to complete an ETIS form online, detailing our itinerary; agree to follow all safety protocols and pay a “health monitoring fee” (approximately $ 48 per person for vaccinated travelers and $ 115 for unvaccinated travelers).

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

Now, according to the latest details released on December 4, it doesn’t matter whether you choose a PCR or an antigen test, you must do so within 48 hours of departure, regardless of your choice.

For the most recent policies in French Polynesia, be sure to check the government website. With the Omicron variant of the coronavirus circling the world, countries are reacting quickly and changing their entry requirements, or shutting down altogether.

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