It is good news for the American traveler as The Islands of Tahiti reopen their borders to international travelers beginning July 15th, 2020. French Polynesia has done a fantastic job in managing the Covid-19 outbreak amongst the islands. They had fewer than 70 cases with no deaths reported. As of May 29th, French Polynesia has had no active cases of the illness.
What does this mean for you? It means you can travel to this incredible, romantic, cultural, and sensory destination as long as you follow the new protocols. French Polynesia has established new Covid-19 visitor entry and stay conditions.
Here is a short list of what you can expect:
- Wear a mask. You will be required on the flights to wear a mask at all times except to remove for your meal or drink. In destination, you will be expected to wear a mask when not in open air situations, or in situations where the 6 foot distancing cannot be maintained. An example, the ferry ride over. You will see all airline staff and hotel staff wearing masks.
- Covid-19 test. You will have to have a test done within 72hrs prior to boarding. Your test results must be negative and you must show proof of negative result at check-in. Test can be done by most health authority centers such as hospital, clinic, and testing centers.
- Sanitary Entry Form. This will be a form you are required to rill out after you’ve received your negative test results. It is similar in nature to the immigration forms you are used to filling out when traveling internationally. This again will need to be done prior to your arrival for boarding your plane with the receipt from completed form with you for check-in at the airport.
Once in destination, you will see the heightened cleanliness protocols. French Polynesia asks that visitors be responsible and respectful that is honoring prevention measures in place and reporting if while in destination any flu like symptoms that arise. Be aware the Ministry of Health of French Polynesia may carry out some tests and accredited medical staff my carry out inspections of accommodations while you are in destination.
Air Tahiti Nui has loaded flights in for July with August yet to be finalized. As we have seen this virus and the conditions surrounding it have been very fluid. The fluidity of the situation means that at anytime borders could close again or more measures could be put in place until a grasp on the disease has been fully made. If we all travel responsibly, there is no reason why we can’t enjoy the benefits and current need to revive and rejuvenate with a much overdue escape.
For more details on what to expect and arranging your travel, please contact your travel advisor. We are tapped in to the latest information being released from the destination both with our suppliers and the tourism board. We thank Tahiti Tourisme and Down Under Answers for providing these latest details . Information above was current and up to date as of June 19, 2020.
Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI.
She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds. Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind. She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember. With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.
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