by Seth BUTERA May 13, 2021
The beautiful islands of French Polynesia have officially reopened their borders to travelers from all around the world. The group of Pacific islands, which include popular beach getaways Tahiti and Bora Bora, opened their borders on May 1st.
Though that’s good news for people eager to find a vacation spot this summer, don’t assume that everything is back to normal in the archipelago. The islands of Tahiti and Moorea still have a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. every day until at least June 1.
Travelers must fill out the ETIS health declaration form before boarding their flight. One form is required per adult, but minors can be included on a parent or guardian’s form. These will be collected by gate or customs agent at the airport of departure. Vaccinated travelers will be required to include an official certificate of vaccination. All travelers, regardless of vaccination or immunity status, will be required to supply negative PCR test results taken three days prior to arrival. Antigen tests are required upon arrival, and another PCR test is required the fourth day after arrival.
Vaccinated travelers, as well as those with proven immunity documented by a serology test, can bypass the 10-day quarantine. Unvaccinated travelers will still be required to quarantine for 10 days. For the return test required for travelers to get back to their respective countries of origin, there is a rapid testing facility inside the airport.
What is there to do once you arrive? Shops, restaurants, bars, museums, houses of worship, video game parlors, sports grounds, salons, and other businesses are largely open, although they must respect local curfews and maintain social distancing inside. Masks are also required at all public places throughout the islands, except for kids under the age of 11. Nightclubs, outdoor markets, and circuses are closed. Restaurants are limited to six people per table.