But before you go, here’s what you need to know and do

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

The Brando

Photo courtesy The Brando

Did you put off that trip to Tahiti because of the coronavirus? But now you are thinking about recreating it?  Or maybe considering a cruise on the Paul Gauguin? Or visiting the exclusive Brando Resort. Then  you really need to read this.

There are new rules for entering the Islands of Tahiti starting with a post-vaccine taken 14-days before you go.  This goes has been in effect  since June 1, 2021. You also need a RT-PCR test three days before departure. You also need a confirmation of your flights. Be sure to also go to www.TahitiTourisme.com/coronavirus.

Upload your docs

While it may sound daunting, doing the paperwork is well worth it for a visit to the tropical paradise.

For starters Tahiti offers a Single Platform for Itinerary and Uploading Documents. This applies to travelers coming from the United States.  And, it requires completion of the ETIS.pf between 30 days (at the earliest) and 6 days (at the latest) prior to  departure. It is the gateway for all entry and stay formalities.

Between 30 and 6 days prior to departure

Fill out the ETIS form; one form per person. Then upload your vaccination card or proof of immunity (positive serology test completed between 15-30 days prior to departure).  After this done you will receive the ETIS receipt and an additional boarding authorization from the High Commission to their email address.

Travelers must take an RT-PCR test and receive their negative test results in order to board their flight. Results must show it is an RT-PCR test completed within three (3) days of international departure date. This cannot be a rapid test, home test or self test; if they are, they will be denied boarding. It must be conducted by a medical professional and must be an RT-PCR test.

 Day of flight checklist

  1. Vaccination certificate/card with vaccinations shown to be complete at least 14-days prior to departure  Or proof of immunity (serological test that shows positive for antibodies) taken between 15–30 days prior to departure
  2. ETIS confirmation e-mail and separate boarding authorization letter from the High Commission
  3. Negative RT-PCR results within three days of departure
  4. Sworn Statement to the High Commission to abide by sanitary regulations upon arrival in French Polynesia (one per person, printed, signed)

Remember, Pavlus agents are waiting and eager to hear from  you to book your tours or cruises. Just dial 1-800-528-9300.



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