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)
EC citizens are allowed to stay in French Polynesia without time restriction.
Tourist visas allow to stay a maximum of three months in any period of six.
To stay more than 3 months, non EC citizens must obtain a long stay visa at the French Consulate of their country of origin. Some Consulates can receive applications for crew unable to return home.
A new procedure is offered since March 31, 2016 to professional crew with or without seaman’s books and various restrictions. Please check with us.
Non EC citizens must have a bond letter from a registered agent or an outbound air ticket to board any plane bound for Tahiti.
Nationalities allowed to enter without visa:
All EC citizens, Albania (e-passport only), Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Bosnia (e-passport only), Brazil, British National (overseas), British Subjects with right of abode, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia (e-passport only), Malaysia, Marshall islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro (e-passport only), Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, St Christopher & Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia (e-passport only), Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay, USA, Vatican, Venezuela.
Citizens from Bahrain, Byelorussia, China, India, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates who already have a Schengen multiple entry visa valid for a minimum of six months and issued by a French consulate do not need additional visa.
Schengen visas others than above are not valid in Tahiti.
All others must obtain a short term visa at nearest French Consulate before arrival
A visa of 15 days maximum can be obtained on arrival by sea for exceptional reasons
On arrival, yachts are imported duty free for two years that can be renewed once for valid reasons and extended when in dry-dock. Arms and ammunitions can transit only after proper declaration. Wine and alcohol on board can be used by crew and owners within the limits listed below (per person over 17 years of age)
200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco
2 L of wine & 2 L of Alcohol under 22° or 1 L of Alcohol over 22°
Duty free fuel can be obtained in all islands with the assistance of an agent.
Spare parts for yachts in transit can be imported duty free.
There is no compulsory vaccination for Tahiti, and no endemic diseases. Importing animals is prohibited (parrots...) but transit of dogs, cats or rabbits can be allowed after declaration and proper quarantine procedures. Animal produces (meat, skins...) must not be landed ashore.
To fight against Rhinoceros beetle, sanitary police may fumigate boats that have called at infested countries (Central and south America, Coco islands, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa) within 21 days before arrival in Tahiti.
A license called "Grande Plaisance" must be obtained prior to chartering your yacht in French Polynesia. Yachts must value over € 838.000 and apply charter tariffs over € 1.675 per day. They must also have a minimum permanent professional crew of 3, and be allowed for charter under their flag regulation.
The license is free and granted for six month, to be renewed. Allow 5/6 weeks for processing. Charter taxes are now 5% of the gross charter fees. Yachts are not allowed to benefit from duty free fuel while chartering.
Contact TAHITI OCEAN for application forms.