The Islands of Tahiti are famous for their breathtaking scenery and legendary hospitality. But there is even more good news. Tahiti is one of the world’s first destinations to announce the reopening of their international borders. As from 15 July, international tourists will be able to visit Tahiti!

Tahiti has been incredibly proactive in setting up an avant-garde health protocol. They can now protect their local population and also overseas visitors who are seeking a Covid-free holiday. (Tahiti has only recorded about sixty cases of Covid, with no fatalities.) From mid-July, their usual quarantine will be replaced by a far more sophisticated protocol including 3 commitments. These commitments apply to both resident and non-residents, arriving by air.

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From 15 July 2020 Tahiti is opening its borders for travellers.

Testing Procedure for travellers to Tahiti

Detailed Procedure

  1. All visitors must undergo an RT-PCR test of SARS-CoV-2 within three days before their flight to Tahiti. Upon check-in, they must present their negative result to the airline attendant.

  2. They must then complete a health commitment form via the online platform, (Electronic Travel Information System). As with a health ESTA, this health surveillance system has been established by the government of French Polynesia. Not only will this ensure that the health status of all travellers can be monitored – but if necessary, it will make it easier to contact travelers during their holiday.

  3. 4 days after the traveler’s arrival in French Polynesia, all visitors must carry out a self-administered RT-PCR test of SARS-CoV-2. In fact, this kit is free of charge and is given to all visitors when they first arrive for their holiday at Tahiti Faa’a international airport.

What’s happens if a traveller in Tahiti is tested positive?

If a traveler is tested positive during their stay in The Islands of Tahiti, they will immediately be taken to the main island of Tahiti. Such course of action will avoid any spread of the virus. Travelers will then receive expert Medical care by the local health authorities.

In addition, a guide of procedures and recommendations to protect against Covid-19, has been produced. These recommendations are specifically directed towards both the tourism sector and the health professionals. In the meantime, Tahitians are also receiving Awareness campaigns on their local television channels.

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Explore the island of Tahiti after the border opening in July 2020.


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Cancellation Policies for Peace of Mind

There is a further positive news for travellers to Tahiti:  Most Polynesian tourism professionals have agreed on a common policy. This policy waives cancellation fees for the visitor. The agreement has been signed by Air Tahiti Nui, the major international air carrier, Air Tahiti, the domestic airline and by most of the hotels.

The details of this agreement applies to cancellations and amended requests for all new reservations made between May 1 and September 30, 2020 for travel within French Polynesia between July 15, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

The cancellation or amendment fees will be waived in the case of:

  • a lock down in the traveler’s country of residence
  • the inability for visitors to travel to French Polynesia due to the closure of the borders in transit stops
  • a lock-down in French Polynesia
  • the inability to travel to French Polynesia for any traveler whose Covid-19 test is found to be positive prior to their departure,
  • the inability to be able to stay in French Polynesia for a traveler who is declared positive for Covid-19, while in French Polynesia

For any prepaid trip, travellers will receive reimbursement inside 12 months from the initial date of booking. However, it probably will be in a much shorter time.

As an additional level of goodwill towards travellers, all the suppliers within the destination who signed the agreement, will not increase any pricing until March 31, 2022.

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Reconnect, Revive and Rediscover

Here, in The Islands of Tahiti, you will find the freedom and remoteness to reconnect with your loved ones. What better connection than in one most pristine natural worlds on Planet Earth. Whether you come here for relaxation or to explore, you will feel the life force (Mana) flow through everything. There is such a diversity of landscapes here – from colourful reefs to dramatic mountains and secluded beaches. Best of all, you will be immersed within a welcoming culture – local people who understand what you need to revive your senses and rediscover your spirit of adventure. View helpful travel suggestions.

Why Tahiti will make you feel so special

The Islands of Tahiti are one of the few places in this world where you can find your own serenity. Some might call it heaven or paradise! For the French Polynesians, it is so much more than that. They describe it as an inner peace to carry back with you when you return home. View travel distances and locations maps for the Pacific Islands. Also, the best time to travel Tahiti.

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Overview information on Tahiti’s main island for travellers

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Crowned by a circle of majestic peaks, Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia. Remember, it majestically towers over ocean like royal Queen. The mountainous interior is decorated with mystical valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls. Most of the island’s population reside near the shore. Therefore the interior of the island is mostly untouched and ancient. It is hard to imagine the close proximity the interior has to the bustling capital of Papeete. Papeete, means “water basket,” and was once a gathering place for Tahitians to fill their calabashes with fresh water. Now, Papeete boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine dining and unique restaurants, nightclubs, vibrant markets, museums, pearl shops, and boutiques.

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Romance is everywhere in Bora Bora. It rises from the velvet blues of the deep water up through the softer hues of the lagoon. It will bring all your senses alive as soft breezes caress your skin. You won’t have to travel far from the The Islands of Tahiti or Moorea to get to Bora Bora. And once you get here, you will fall in love with its vibrant green and blue palette. Romantics from all around the world celebrate this island- a place where the lush tropical slopes and valleys of Mount Otemanu blossom with hibiscus.

Try to imagine chilling out on Bora Bora’s perfect white-sand beaches, as you watch giant manta rays glide past. Perhaps Bora Bora could be defined as the centre of the romantic universe. It is such a gorgeous island dotted with luxury resorts. And if overwater bungalows and thatched villas are your style, you’ll find them here as well. Simply put, Bora Bora is one of the most beautiful islands in the world.


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Moorea – View more details

Moorea rises out of the  ocean like a cathedral. In fact, Moorea is uniquely different to the other islands with its high, sharp green spires. Delicate threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-covered cliffs. Peaceful meadows are flanked by pinnacles of emerald green. In fact, Moorea’s bright blue lagoon will probably be exactly what you imagine in your dreams. Your senses will be rewarded with the perfumed gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise. Happy, simple villages that circle the island will remind you that this is what life is all about. La vie heureuse, as they say in Tahiti, a happy life. Therefore, Moorea’s beauty is unforgettable.

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Happy travelling to the magic island of Tahiti!

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