The Islands of Tahiti will officially reopen to international tourism on May 1, 2021, the president of French Polynesia announced during a press conference this week.

Local authorities had decided on February 3, 2021 to temporarily suspend travel to French Polynesia for tourism from all regions. Travel through April 30 would only be authorized for travelers who can justify one of the compelling reasons: Health, professional, family or return home.

Currently, these travelers prior to boarding their flight to French Polynesia must receive proof of a negative PCR test from within three days of departure; provide receipt of a health registration form through the country’s Electronic Travel Information System; and present an exemption certificate for travel, as well as a declaration of honor to abide by sanitary regulations.

During their stay (to Tahiti only), travelers are required to quarantine for 10 days in strict isolation at a dedicated site and at the traveler’s expense. They must also carry out two additional PCR test—on the fourth and eighth days of isolating.

In addition, a curfew is in effect on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea: All trips, circulation or movement in public areas are prohibited, every day, between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. through April 30, 2021.

Tahiti Tourisme notes that any travel regulations, as well as curfews or sanitary regulations, will be reviewed before May 1. In his announcement regarding the reopening French Polynesia President Edouard Fritch noted “the clear improvement and stabilization of the health crisis in French Polynesia,” with fewer than 20 new COVID-19 cases per week, along with an accelerated vaccination campaign.  

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