USA/French Polynesia Travel, as of May 2021

Updated: Jun 15

The Coronavirus pandemic has definitely had a lasting effect on the world since it exploded across the globe in late 2019. Since then, it's been nearly impossible to travel internationally. As of May 2021, however, French Polynesia has decided to allow entry for US tourists in an attempt to stimulate the local economy that has been severely impacted by the pandemic, as it probably has for every country. Below is some useful information that I received from the local US Consular Agent in Tahiti, French Polynesia, regarding entry/exit procedures between French Polynesia and the USA. I will make an effort to keep this page updated as requirements and procedures change, which often happens and quickly without notice.


UPDATED - JUNE 14, 2021


Please note that the French Polynesian borders are open as of May 2nd, 2021. More information is available on https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/?

In a short summary: since June 9th - if you are vaccinated you can come to French Polynesia and won’t be requested to quarantine even if your children (<18) are not vaccinated.

US travelers are allowed in French Polynesia at this moment if they have stayed 15 days in a green zone before coming.

* Countries classified as green zone: characterized by a low circulation of the virus (namely: Member States of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Vatican and Switzerland, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand and Singapore).

Please find below the list of tasks that must be done in order to safely prepare your trip.

  1. Before departing

  2. If you are vaccinated

Fill out your www.etis.pf form. There is no need to get an authorization from the Health department nor the High Commissioner’s office any longer.


If you are not vaccinated:
Between 6 and 30 days before departure: You also need to submit a request to board your flight with the French authorities. Please start with www.etis.pf It will take you then to http://www.polynesie-francaise.pref.gouv.fr/Dossiers/Information-COVID-19/Traveling-between-French-Polynesia-and-the-United-States-of-America-Tourism-as-of-May-1st-2021 Make sure you fill out this form correctly and also you download the proper supporting document(s) that correspond to the applicant. Any mistake will lead to a dismissal of the application. They will reply with an authorization to board that you will need to present upon checking in with the airline. Make sure you check the box to get an automatic authorization to board on your return leg back to the US. They have accommodated this special waiver to enter French Polynesia for only and only the people coming from the US to visit the islands. The requirement is to be a US citizen or US resident who hasn't traveled outside the US within the last 30 days. An instruction manual is available at: http://www.polynesie-francaise.pref.gouv.fr/content/download/47016/283682/file/Instruction%20manual.pdf
  1. Before boarding on the last leg between the US and here you need to submit the results of a PCR test or an antigen test (less expensive) that can detect the N protein from the SARS-CoV-2 that is less than 72 hours old. One website that seems to be useful is curative.com. It seems that they provide the RT PCR for free.

If coming via San Francisco please check the following website: https://www.dignityhealth.org/bayarea/medical-group/san-francisco/services. When coming via Los Angeles, Air Tahiti Nui has arranged their tests with : For info, here's the ATN link: https://www.airtahitinui.com/us-en/covid-19-testing-entry-french-polynesia-0 Testing locations in LA:

There is a PCR testing center in the Tom Bradley parking lot. It costs $125 and you can get expedite results there. https://www.flylax.com/travelsafely

https://www.myconciergemd.com/rapid-covid-19-testing/

https://reliantcovidtesting.com/

https://www.goodlifemedicalservices.com/ Please find here the list of the accepted tests : https://tahititourisme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/FDA-Approved-Tests-for-Travel-to-French-Polynesia-August-11-2020.pdf

https://claritymv.com/

  1. Once you arrive

  2. Upon arrival, you will be tested again with a free antigen test. A mask must be worn at all times during the visit.

Non vaccinated adults and minors (<18) travelling with vaccinated adults, he will be requested to get 2 additional self-tests provided at no charge upon arival at J+4 and J+8.
Quanrantine: There is a 10 quarantine for non vaccinated travellers. It is done in government validated hotels at the travellers own expense exclusively on the island of Tahiti.

10 days quarantine waiver:

Via Vaccination If you have been vaccinated more than 14 days ago, you will not need to self quarantine. If a minor (<18) is travelling with vaccinated adults, he is not required to quarantine.

Via age limit: Children of 4 yo (included) and less are also not required to be quarantined. Please remember that persons 16 and above can be vaccinated as of today.

Via immunization: You have had the virus before and can prove it with both the positive test and the antibody presence test you won’t have to be quarantined upon arrival.

  1. Upon departure back to the US

  2. If you are not vaccinated between 6 and 30 days before departure and if you have not checked the box and hence not been authorized to return in the initial form: You do need to register your return request with the French for the return leg as well on http://www.polynesie-francaise.pref.gouv.fr/Dossiers/Information-COVID-19/Traveling-between-French-Polynesia-and-the-United-States-of-America-Tourism-as-of-May-1st-2021.

  3. You will need to present a negative test for your return (Antigen or RT PCR). Antigen tests are less expensive and will be available at the airport on the day of departure between 4pm and 7pm. The results will be available within 4 hours or less.

Quick Kid summary:

If you child is vaccinated, is travelling with vaccinated adults or is 4 or less: he is exempted from the quarantine procedure

Only non vaccinated children 5 or greater traveling alone or with non vaccinated adtuls will need to be place in a 10 quarantine. So either one or both parents can stay with.

It is highly recommended for every visitor to contract a medical travel insurance.





PLEASE DISREGARD INFORMATION BELOW AS IT IS OUTDATED AS OF JUNE 14, 2021


Direct link to French Polynesia Government website with all necessary information! (Traveling between French Polynesia and the United States of America - Tourism - as of May 1st, 2021)

Please note that the French Polynesian borders are open starting May 2 information is available on https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/? US travelers are the only visitors allowed in French Polynesia at this moment.

Please find below the list of tasks that must be done in order to safely prepare your trip. A. Before departing


1. Between 6 and 30 days before departure:You will need to submit a request to board your flight with the French authorities. Please start with www.etis.pf It will take you then to https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/simplified-process-traveling-between-the-united-st Make sure you fill out this form correctly, and also be sure to upload the proper supporting documents that correspond to the applicant. Any mistake will lead to a dismissal of the application. They will reply with an authorization to board that you will need to present upon checking in with the airline. Make sure you check/apply for both flights of your round trip to get an automatic authorization to board on your return leg back to the US. They have accommodated this special waiver to enter French Polynesia for only people coming from the US to visit the islands. The current travel waiver requires that visitors be US citizens who have been on US soil for 30 consecutive days preceding their flight. Some exceptions can be made for certain situations that don't apply to the average US tourist (i.e. cruisers returning to their boats), but you will need to reach out to the Haut Commisaire to request special acceptance.

2. Before boarding on the last leg between the US and Tahiti, you need to submit the results of a PCR test that is less than 72 hours old. One website that seems to be useful is curative.com. It seems that they provide the RT PCR for free.

If coming via San Francisco, please check the following website: https://www.dignityhealth.org/bayarea/medical-group/san- francisco/services.

When coming via Los Angeles, Air Tahiti Nui has arranged their tests with a pre-approved testing facility. For info, here's the ATN link: https://www.airtahitinui.com/us-en/french-polynesia-entry-requirements-air-tahiti-nui

Testing locations in LA:

There is a PCR testing center in the Tom Bradley parking lot. It costs $125, and you can get expedited results there. https://www.flylax.com/travelsafely


https://www.myconciergemd.com/rapid-covid-19-testing/ https://reliantcovidtesting.com/


https://www.goodlifemedicalservices.com/

Please find here the list of the accepted tests : https://tahititourisme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/FDA- Approved-Tests-for-Travel-to-French-Polynesia-August-11-2020.pdf


Click on the file below for the downloadable PDF file if the link above does not load on your browser.

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B. Once you arrive


1. Upon arrival, you will be tested again with an antigen test and handed a self-test kit to be taken 4 days after arrival. A mask must be worn at all times during the visit.

2. Quarantine: There is a 10-day quarantine for non-vaccinated travelers. It is done in government validated hotels at the travelers own expense exclusively on

the island of Tahiti.


10 days quarantine waiver: Via Vaccination - If you have been vaccinated more than 10 days prior to your arrival to Tahiti, you will not need to self-quarantine.

Via age limit: Children of 6 yo or younger are also not required to be quarantined. Please remember that persons 16 and above can be vaccinated as of today. Here is a link to CDC guidelines regarding age groups and vaccination: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/specific-groups.html

Via immunization: If you have had the virus before and can prove it with an antibody presence test, you won’t have to be quarantined upon arrival.


C. Upon departure back to the US 1. Between 6 and 30 days before departure back to the US, and if you have not checked the box and hence not been automatically authorized to return in the initial form: You will need to register your return request with the French authorities for the return leg as well on https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/simplified-process-traveling-between-the-united-sthttps://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/simplified-process-traveling-between-the-united-st

2. You will need to present a negative test for your return flight (Antigen or RT PCR). Antigen tests are less expensive and will be available at the airport on the day of departure between 4pm and 7pm. The results will be available within 4 hours or less.

Traveling with kids quick summary: Travelling with children make it a bit more challenging now that vaccines are available to adults.

If your child has already caught the virus, bring supporting documentation to prove to authorities, like an antibody serological test, to avoid quarantine.

Otherwise: If your child is 16 or older: you can get your child vaccinated in most places, which would allow for a quarantine waiver, or

If your child is 6 yo or younger: he is exempted from the quarantine procedure. For children between 7 and 15: The child will need to be place in a 10-day quarantine. So either one or both parents can stay with.

It is highly recommended for every visitor to contract a medical travel insurance.



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