Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: French Polynesia allowing international flights, foreign nationals to enter as of July 20. Inbound passengers must self-test for COVID-19.

  • Alert Begins: 20 Jul 2020 07:32 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 03 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Testing requirements, public transport restrictions

Summary
French Polynesia has lifted all border restrictions and is allowing international commercial flights to the collectivity as of July 20 after a period of no community coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission. Authorities, who reopened the border July 15, are also not requiring quarantine for inbound travelers upon arrival. However, passengers must provide airlines evidence of a negative polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. Travelers must also present a receipt of health registration of the Electronic Travel Information System (ETIS). Visitors will receive kit upon arrival and need to test themselves four days after arrival. If a visitor tests positive, they will have to report to a health center; authorities will decide on further requirements on a case-by-case basis. It is unclear if there are penalties for flouting self-test requirements.

Local officials continue to advise people to practice social distancing and wear masks in enclosed public spaces but have eased a mandatory order to wear masks in public areas. Masks are still required for public transport. The government previously lifted restrictions on gatherings of all sizes and allowed sporting and religious services to resume. However, authorities continue to limit the sale of alcohol Friday-Sunday.

Air Tahiti Nui (TN) has resumed domestic flights with health measures in place and expanded service to Mataiva, Arutua, Ahe, Manihi, Hao, Makemo, Gambier, Raivavae, and Rimatara.

Advice
Follow all official orders. Consider wearing masks in public areas as a precaution. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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