Australian Consulate-General
Papeete, French Polynesia

Travelling to French Polynesia

Travel advice

Stay up to date with the Australian travel advice for French Polynesia on Smartraveller and the Canadian travel advice for French Polynesia. You can monitor news on our Facebook page at L'Australie en Polynesie Francaise.

Visas for France and French Polynesia

Regarding foreign visa enquiries, please note every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. Foreign governments often require you to get a visa before they let you enter. Make sure you meet all entry and exit conditions. Check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.

Visa requirements can change at short notice. The Australian Government can't provide definitive information for every destination or situation. It's your responsibility to make sure you have the right visa and meet all entry and exit conditions. If you don't, the Australian Government can’t help you.

For information on French visas, stays and work permits in the French Polynesia, consider contacting the French Consulate-General in Sydney or the French diplomatic or consular representation in your country of residence.

If you already are in French Polynesia, pleaseconsult the website of the French High Commission in French Polynesia or contact:

Direction de la règlementation et des affaires juridiques (Regulation and Legal Affairs Authority)
Bureau de la règlementation et des élections (Regulation and Elections Bureau)
Avenue Pouvanaa'a Oopa
✉ : BP 115 - 98 713 Papeete TAHITI
☎ : (689) 40 46 86 03
Fax : (689) 40 46 86 29
@ : [email protected]
Open to the public: Monday through Friday 07.30 am to 12.00 pm (noon)
Phone reception: Monday through Thursday 01.30 pm to 04.00 pm and Friday 01.30 pm to 03.00 pm

Covid-19 - Must read information and instructions for French Polynesia

Unvaccinated travellers or travellers who are not fully vaccinated and over 12 years old are required to perform a COVID-19 antigen test within 48 hours of flight departure or a RT-PCR test within 72 hours of flight departure (or, for travellers departing from France or a country in the European Union, provide a certificate of recovery). The results of all tests must be negative and the medical certificate confirming this, issued by a Healthcare Professional (i.e. Doctor, Hospital, Medical Clinic, or Pharmacy) must be presented to airline staff at flight check-in.  Please consult Tahiti Tourisme and the State Services in French Polynesia for more information on the type of test accepted.

All travellers coming from an Orange zone country will need to complete a statutory statement of absence of symptoms (available on website of the French High Commission in French Polynesia). Unvaccinated travellers or travellers who are not fully vaccinated and are over 12 years old coming from an Orange zone country will also need to complete a statement of travel exemption (available on the website of the French High Commission in French Polynesia).

Information on the countries in the Orange zone can be found on the website of the French Ministry of the Interior.

Please note that additional requirements may apply in other transit destinations, and we recommend you check the local requirements with each transit destination’s local authorities, your airline company, cruise operator or travel agent.

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in health care facilities. Fines may apply for non-compliance to these regulations.

Sailboats and other vessels seeking to come to French Polynesia must contact the Joint Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in French Polynesia (JRCC PF) (email: [email protected] – phone: +689 40 54 16 16) and the Maritime Affairs Directorate of French Polynesia (email: [email protected] – phone: +689 40 54 45 00) for advice on entry conditions to French Polynesia by sea, noting additional health measures may apply.

Measures may be subject to change at short notice. For further information on requirements to enter French Polynesia, please check the websites of the French High Commission in French Polynesia, the Department of Health of French Polynesia and of the French Ministry for the Interior. Please also contact the nearest French diplomatic or consular mission in Australia or the French diplomatic or consular mission in your country of residence for further advice. Please also contact your airline, cruise line, port agent, travel provider or employer as appropriate.