On July 15, 2020, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Mo’orea and other French Polynesian islands reopened to tourists from all countries. Then, due to a change in the epidemiological situation, they re-closed early 2021 for a few months.
Now as of mid-2021, French Polynesia has reopened again for tourism, but with updated entry rules.
New entry rules in 2021 include vaccination requirements, as un-vaccinated passengers can only enter for compelling reason like family emergency or health reasons.
Countries That Can Travel To Tahiti and Bora Bora (French Polynesia):
As of mid-2021, tourists from any country worldwide may enter Tahiti and Bora Bora.
There are health and safety protocols and requirements the French Polynesian government are asking of visitors. They include:
- All tourists to be fully vaccinated (at least 7 days from Pfizer, Moderna, or AZ and at least 28 days from J&J)
- Proof of a negative test, either a 72-hour PCR, or a 48-hour antigen.
- Wearing a mask during the inbound flight
- Completing a sanitary entry form online before boarding
- Pay the ‘health and safety’ fee, which is approx. $50 USD per vaccinated traveler
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.
Masks are mandatory in all public spaces.
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