Last updated August 18, 2021
This stunning collection of islands is a wonderful stop for anyone who loves to travel. Including Tahiti and Bora Bora, a trip to French Polynesia will be full of rich history of native people who love and work with the land. The pristine beaches and sparkling blue water invite visitors to relax by the shore, explore underwater coral reefs and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.
Travel Insurance Is Mandatory
Wondering whether you need French Polynesia travel insurance? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, French Polynesia is now requiring travelers to complete a "digital entry form." Part of this form also requires visitors to either have travel health insurance for French Polynesia or agree to pay for any medical treatment needed in full. Due to the potential for high medical bills derailing your vacation, we recommend investing in a travel health plan that will cover COVID-19-related costs.
With a wide range of plans on the market, it may be difficult to select a plan. To find the plan that's best for you, first assess the condition of your health then take a look at your travel plans. From there, you can compare plans side by side with our compare tool. For travelers with pre-existing conditions, senior travelers and those looking for more complete coverage, a comprehensive plan is the best option. If you are looking for basic coverage at an affordable price, a limited plan may be the way to go.
COVID-19 in French Polynesia
As of August 2021, French Polynesia has opened borders to travelers arriving from the United States. However, travelers from other countries might not be able to enter yet, so it's best to check on your country's specific requirements. Just because you go, however, doesn't mean that there will be a lack of restrictions. There is still a nightly curfew put in place to help curb the spread of the virus.
If you visit the country, consider Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance so that you may recoup some of your costs if you need to cancel, postpone or cut short your original travel plans for any reason, including COVID-19-related concerns.
If you're traveling, here are some precautions to take:
Before you travel:
- Get tested with a viral test 1 to 3 days before your trip
- If you were exposed to COVID-19, are sick, or test positive for the disease, do not travel
- Follow all entry requirements for French Polynesia and be sure you have all required documentation
- Wear a mask
- Practice social distancing protocols
- Wash your hands often
- Be vigilant. If you experience any symptoms take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you
After you travel:
- Get tested 3 to 5 days after you return to your home country
- Stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days
- If you don't get tested, it's best to self-quarantine for at least 10 days
Traveling from the United States:
- If you have a return flight to the U.S., you must get a viral test in French Polynesia no more than 3 days before your flight, and the test results have to be negative
- Keep your test results on hand in case you're asked for them
- Follow all United States guidelines and airline protocols
Health & Safety Tips
French Polynesia is a relatively safe country, the largest source of crime is pickpocketing and purse snatching. To avoid theft, be sure to be aware of your things and do not leave them unattended on a beach or any public place. The biggest risk is losing your passport as it is likely to take a great deal of your vacation time to get a new or temporary passport from the embassy of your home country.
To reduce this risk, consider keeping your passport in the hotel safe or on your person in a passport holder. Also be sure to make copies of your passport, travel insurance information and credit cards and keep them in the bottom of your luggage or in the hotel safe. This way, if these important items are stolen, you have a backup and an easy way to verify your identity.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the following vaccinations for French Polynesia: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Visas and Documentation
If you're visiting French Polynesia from a European Union country or a country in the European Economic Area or the United States, you do not need a visa to visit French Polynesia for three months or less. To find out if you need a visa, visit the official website to see all of the rules and regulations surrounding visas to enter French Polynesia.