On July 15th Tahiti, Bora Bora, Mo’orea and other French Polynesian islands reopened to tourists from all countries and is not requiring a mandatory 14-day isolation period for visitors.
Update Feb 3 2021: French Polynesia has re-closed for all tourism until further notice.
The original reopening article continues below….
On June 5th during a press conference by the President and the High Commissioner of French Polynesia, it was concluded they’ve successfully protected themselves and are getting ready to reopen. They deem their health situation completely under control, no new cases since May 29th, and above all; no deaths.
Countries That Can Travel To Tahiti and Bora Bora (French Polynesia):
Starting on July 15th, tourists from any country worldwide may enter Tahiti and Bora Bora with NO isolation period.
However, there are still some health and safety protocols and requirements the French Polynesian government are asking of visitors. They include:
- A negative covid test taken within 72 hours of departure
- Proof of travel insurance
- Wearing a mask during the inbound flight
- Completing a sanitary entry form online before boarding
- Arrive with proof of accommodation
- Wearing a mask in appropriate places during their stay
- Completing a self-test on Day 4 of the trip (the test will be given to each passenger upon arrival)
Even though French Polynesia doesn’t get a massive number of tourists per year, tourism is the country’s primary economic contributor with service industries counting for 75% of the GDP. Having tourists return to visit the islands are key for the French Polynesian economy.
What’s Open in Tahiti and Bora Bora?
To welcome back visitors, most shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions will be open.
There is currently a curfew from 10:00 pm each night to 4:00 am each morning.
How Much Are Hotels in Tahiti and Bora Bora?
While not known for being budget destinations, you can still get decent accommodation in both Tahiti and Bora Bora for just under $100 USD per night. Of course, visitors can also splurge on a super luxurious over-water bungalow for $1000+ per night.
What Flights Are Operating To Tahiti?
- Los Angeles to Tahiti on Air Tahiti (direct)
- San Francisco to Tahiti on United/French Bee (direct)
- Paris to Tahiti on Air Tahiti (direct)
- Honululu to Tahiti on Hawaiian air, starting Sept (direct)
Flights to other French Polynesian islands are operating daily.
Where is Tahiti?
Tahiti, the largest island of French Polynesia is located in the Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Los Angeles, California and Sydney, Australia. It sits far south of the Hawaiian islands and takes around 6 hours to fly directly from Honolulu, 8 hours from LAX.
Originally posted June 6, 2020 with updates