Foreign travel advice

French Polynesia

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.

Summary

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of French Polynesia based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

If you’re returning to the UK from French Polynesia, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you’re exempt). Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel to French Polynesia is subject to entry restrictions

  • Travellers have to produce a negative result of a PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before departure for French Polynesia. Travellers must register on the French Polynesian platform “Electronic travel information system” - “ETIS” and produce a registration receipt
  • Travellers may need to produce a self-certified document affirming that they have no COVID symptoms and that to their knowledge they have not been in contact with any person confirmed positive within the last 14 days
  • These entry requirements are subject to change. For further information on the entry restrictions in place for French Overseas Territories, please see the French government’s website before travelling

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to French Polynesia, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

French Polynesia is a French Overseas Territory. There’s no British Embassy in French Polynesia. Consular support is limited however, the British High Commission Wellington in New Zealand can provide some consular support to British nationals.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in French Polynesia, attacks cannot be ruled out. See Terrorism

Crime levels are low.

Many hundreds of British tourists visit French Polynesia each year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Tropical storms can occur between the months of November and April. See Natural disasters