The Islands of Tahiti Update Entry and Stay conditions December 30th 2021
To fight against the covid-19 epidemic, the French Government and local authorities have decided, within the framework of their respective competences, to strengthen the conditions of entry into the territory of French Polynesia to protect against the OMICRON variant which is spreading around the world.
They have therefore specified by way of a press release today, December 29 an update of the conditions of entry in The Islands of Tahiti for arrivals by air transport (no change for the maritime transport).
All passengers are now required to present to the air carrier upon boarding a negative result of a RT-PCR or antigen test, carried out within 24 hours prior to boarding their departing flight to French Polynesia. Airlines must ensure compliance with this national obligation which currently applies to all overseas French territories.
As the French Polynesia Ministry of Health strongly recommends choosing a RT-PCR test, which is more sensitive to the detection of covid-19, please note the three following scenarios:
CASE 1: Presentation of a RT-PCR taken within the previous 24 hours, which is negative before boarding (recommended option)
CASE 2: If it is not possible to perform a RT-PCR test within 24 hours then,
It is advised that travellers present proof of a negative antigen test taken within the previous 24 hours coupled with a RT-PCR test taken within the previous 2 days.
CASE 3: If it is not possible to perform a RT-PCR test within 2 days, then,
Travelers may present a negative test result from an antigen test taken within the previous 24 hours.
However, in this case, a RT-PCR test will be carried out on arrival at the expense of the traveler (dissuasive price to be confirmed) from January 10, 2022.
Pending the results of this test, it is requested that travelers strictly respect barrier gestures and avoid any non-essential contact.
ADDITIONALS TESTS ON ARRIVAL IN TAHITI
On arrival in Tahiti, all travellers are subject to additional tests carried out by the authorities.
The results are sent within a maximum of 72 hours by email.
Travelers retrieve their results from their email address.
These results may be demanded at any time by the local authorities.
Failure to present may result in a sanction or a fine.
In this context, it is important that travellers enter, in their ETIS form, a correct email address to which they have access during their stay. Tour operators and travel agencies are requested to take this information into account in the event that they complete the ETIS form for the visitors.
CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS OLD
There is no change with the protocols applicable to unvaccinated children under 18 years old travelling with a vaccinated parent or legal guardian: they can follow their vaccinated parent, so there is no quarantine, but they will be tested once upon arrival and 2 self-tests to perform respectively on D+4 and D+8 from their arrival.
These new formalities will be published on our website: www.TahitiTourisme.com/coronavirus, they are likely to change in the coming weeks, please check back often and prior to departure.