Air Tahiti Nui announced last week that it would be resuming flights between Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG) and Papeete Fa’a’ā International Airport (PPT) on July 2. This date coincides with French Polynesia becoming the first South Pacific tourist destination to reopen its borders following the COVID-19 pandemic.
To mark the occasion, Air Tahiti Nui will offer a special promotional fare of $900 for a one-way ticket, which will be available to students in France wanting to return home for the summer holidays. The airline also said that it would offer a second special fare for families wishing to reconnect following the medical emergency.
Papeete – Paris – Papeete route
- Flights from Papeete to Paris will depart Fa’a’ā International Airport at 23:50 local time on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
- Flights from Paris to Papeete will depart Paris-Charles De Gaulle at 12:05 local time on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Until July 13, all Papeete-Paris-Papeete flights will operate with a stopover at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Before being allowed to fly, all passengers must first obtain an electronic travel authorization to transit through Canada. This can be obtained by visiting the Government of Canada’s official website and paying a small fee.
Later in the month, the four weekly flights will be increased to five, with passengers now transferring through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the United States.
Papeete – Los Angeles – Papeete route
Starting July 20, Air Tahiti Nui will operate seven flights per week to and from Los Angeles. These flights will include two Papeete-Los Angeles-Papeete flights per week on a Sunday and Monday at 21:30 local time. This is in addition to the five Paris to Papeete flights that make a stopover in Los Angeles.
Entry requirements in French Polynesia
As borders begin to open up and airlines resume flying, many counties, including French Polynesia, are putting measures in place to help protect its residents.
The current regulation for people wanting to visit French Polynesia includes the following:
- Take a COVID-19 test 72 hours before departure or provide a COVID-19 immunity certificate.
- Provide a medical certificate with the results of the COVID-19 test or an immunity certificate.
- Fill out an itemized itinerary for your stay in French Polynesia and a sworn statement that you will alert authorities should you show any signs of having contracted the coronavirus. Symptoms include cough, fever, difficulty to breathe, loss of taste, loss of smell.
- Be prepared to subject yourself to a COVID-19 test carried out by the French Polynesian health authorities.
- From July 1 until July 15, all passengers arriving in French Polynesia will be required to self-quarantine for seven days.
- Starting July 15, arriving passengers will no longer be required to quarantine for seven days.
If you test positive for COVID-19 before your flight, Air Tahiti Nui will apply a flexible policy for modifying or refunding tickets. Details of which will be announced by Air Tahiti Nui in the coming days.