Formalities

AUTHORIZED ENTRY PORTS
Marquesas: Nuku Hiva (Taiohae), Ua Pou (Hakahau), Hiva Oa (Atuona)
Australes: Tubuai (Mataura), Rurutu (Moerai), Raivavae (Rairua)
Tuamotu/Gambier: Rangiroa (Tiputa), Mangareva (Rikitea)
Society – Leeward: Raiatea (Uturoa), Huahine (Fare), Bora Bora (Vaitape)
Society – Windward: Tahiti (Papeete: main entry port)

VISA REQUESTS

These nationalities can enter and stay without limitation:

All EU countries, Iceland, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland.

These nationalities can enter and stay 90 days (in any period of 180 days) without visa:

EU residents, Albania (e-passport only), Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Bosnia (e-passport only), Brazil, British National (overseas), British overseas citizen, British Subject, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia (e-passport only), Malaysia, Marshall islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Montenegro (e-passport only), Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia (e-passport only), Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon islands, South Korea, Taiwan (with ID car number), Timor Leste, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, Vatican, Venezuela.

These nationalities can enter and stay 90 days (in any period of 180 days) with a Schengen multiple entry visa valid for a minimum of six months and issued by a French consulate. Schengen visas for other nationalities are not valid in Tahiti.

Bahrain, Byelorussia, China, India, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine.

All other nationalites must obtain a short stay visa at their home country’s French Consulate (or the nearest one in case of emergency) before arrival

Non-EU or Schengen area citizens willing to stay more than 90 days can request a long stay visa at the  French Consulate of their residence. Application procedure can take 2 to 3 months. Application forms and details can be found on each Consulate website.

The logbook procedure allows non-EU or Schengen area crew members to lengthen their stay in French Polynesia by filling up a logbook counting all days ashore off their touristic or visa allowance.

Some seamen’s books are accepted on arrival by sea only to enter and stay (Philippines, Marshall…). Cayman Islands or Bermuda seamen’s books are not accepted.

Non EC citizens must have a bond letter from a registered agent or an outbound air ticket to board any plane bound for Tahiti.

 

CUSTOMS

Yachts are allowed duty free for a period of 36 month.

Arms and ammunitions are accepted in transit only after proper declaration. They must be stored in a closed locker and are subject to sealing by Customs officers.

Quantities of wine and alcohol accepted duty free on arrival are 2 litres of wine + 2 litres of Alcohol under 22° or 1 litre of Alcohol over 22° for each person over 17 on board. Consumption over these limits is subject to payment of Custom duties. All alcohol on board over these limits is possibly subject to sealing by Customs.

Quantities of tobacco accepted duty free on arrival are 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco for each person over 17 on board.

In the first call port, a Custom’s declaration form is provided by Gendarmerie officers or by the agent and must be returned to Customs in Papeete after careful fill up. Make sure to declare all arms, ammunitions, cash, alcohols, tobacco, animals, plants, and specimens of endangered species, coral, and other goods on board.

Duty-free fuel can be obtained all over French Polynesia with a special Form to be stamped with Papeete Custom’s. Export duty-free fuel can be obtained before departure.

Spare parts for replacement can be imported duty free but are subject to Custom broker declaration and fees. Consumable goods are subject to taxes.

 

HEALTH

There is no compulsory vaccination for Tahiti, and no endemic diseases in French Polynesia.

Importing or landing ashore live animals, meat or skins is absolutely PROHIBITED.

To avoid introduction of the Rhinoceros beetle and other bugs that have infested many Coconut groves around the world, sanitary police will treat all boats having called at infested countries (Australia, Central and South America, Coco islands, Florida, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga) before arrival in FP. In such case, yachts must not enter the first port of call at night.

To fight against contamination of local fauna and flora, yachts are requested to avoid unproper waste discharge. Landing contaminated food waste is only permitted in Tahiti in special containers after proper declaration to the agent.