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French Polynesia (including Tahiti)
Official Name:

French Polynesia

Last Updated: December 30, 2016

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Suva

 

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Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.

Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.

Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Centre Tamanu Iti, 1er etage
98718 Punaauia
French Polynesia
Telephone:+(689) 426-535
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji: +(679) 772-8049
Fax:+(689) 508-096
USConsul@mail.pf

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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3 months

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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1 page per stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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not required for stays under 60 days

VACCINATIONS:

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None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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There is no U.S. Embassy or Consulate in French Polynesia. However, there is a U.S. Consular Agent in French Polynesia who can provide assistance. You may also contact the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji.

Centre Tamanu Iti, 1er etage
98718 Punaauia
French Polynesia
Telephone:+(689) 426-535
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji: +(679) 772-8049
Fax:+(689) 508-096
USConsul@mail.pf

U.S. Embassy Suva
158 Princes Rd, Tamavua
Suva, Fiji Islands
Telephone: +(679) 331-4466
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(679) 772-8049
Fax: +(679) 330-2267
SuvaACS@state.gov

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on French Polynesia for information on U.S. – French Polynesia relations.

Your passport must be valid for three months beyond the date of departure from French Polynesia. You do not need a visa if you enter on a regular tourist passport and your stay is no more than 90 days every six months.  If the purpose of your trip is not tourism (work, scientific research, etc), then you may still be required to get a visa before your departure for French Polynesia.  If you are traveling as a tourist, you must be in possession of a return ticket. 

For further information about entry requirements, particularly if you  plan to enter by sea, you should contact the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the French Embassy at 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20007, telephone 202-944-6200, fax 202-944-6212, or visit the Embassy of France's web site.  Additional information is available at GIE Tourisme, Fare Manihini, Boulevard Pomare, B. P. 65, Papeete, French Polynesia, Telephone: (689) 50-57-00, Fax: (689) 43-66-19.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of French Polynesia.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.

Public Safety: Messages regarding demonstrations and strikes, explosive device/suspicious packages, and weather-related events are posted on the embassy’s website

Crime: Although French Polynesia has a low crime rate, petty crime, such as pick pocketing and purse snatching, does occur.  You should secure your valuables at all times and remain particularly vigilant at night.  Make sure you lock your doors and secure your windows as theft can occur even while you are sleeping.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available.  Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

Victims of Crime: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  We can:

  • Replace a stolen passport.
  • Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape.
  • Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you want us to, contact family members or friends.
  • Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.  

The local equivalent to the 911 emergency line in French Polynesia is "17" for police, "15" for ambulance, and "18" for fire.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

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Medical treatment is generally good on the major islands, but is limited in more remote or less populated areas. In less populated areas, if there are no hospitals, medical assistance can be found at a Dispensaire, a French government-run clinic. Patients with emergencies or serious illnesses are often referred to facilities on Tahiti for treatment.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas.  Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.   See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of French Polynesia to ensure the medication is legal in French Polynesia.  Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Criminal Penalties:   You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:   If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

French Polynesia enforces driving-under-the-influence laws, and offenders may be taken to jail. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in French Polynesia.  See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our   Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: While in French Polynesia, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation different from what you find in the United States. The law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical or mental disabilities in employment, education, access to health care, and the provision of other state services. The French Polynesian government generally enforces these provisions effectively.

French Polynesia subscribes to laws that require disability accommodations, and many new buildings with public or community space are accessible. Many existing buildings as well as transportation systems do not yet meet these requirements. Accessibility is a requirement, however, for new construction. 

Students:  See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in French Polynesia are different than in the United States.  While most major roads are paved, many secondary roads are not. In urban areas, traffic is brisk, and all types of vehicles and pedestrians jockey for space on narrow streets.

Traffic Laws:  Crosswalks are marked, and the law requires that motor vehicles stop for pedestrians; however, this is not always done. Tourists should exercise caution when driving, particularly at night. While extensive sections of the road circumnavigating Tahiti have streetlights, many streets do not

Tourists who rent bicycles or mopeds should be particularly attentive to their driving and the driving of others and not underestimate the danger, even on roads with little traffic. At night, beware of bicycles operating without proper lights.

See our Road Safety page for more information. 

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of French Polynesia’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of French Polynesia’s air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

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