As of March 9th 2021 there are 0 active cases of COVID-19 in Bora Bora. On January 31st 2021 French Prime Minister Mr Castex announced the second closure of all French borders, as a response to the increased threat of the new strains of Covid-19 in metropolitan and overseas French territories, French Polynesia will be closed to international tourists starting Feburary 3, 2021 until March 31, 2021.
The only exception to this mandate will need a strict compelling reason (health, family, return home, professional). As official announcement by French Polynesia’s President Mr. Fritch, the travelers are going to undergo a reinforced sanitary process upon arrival, including a compulsory 14-day quarantine in isolation centers, at their own charge.
French Polynesia entry conditions and travel ban
As February 3rd 2021, travel are authorized only for the travelers who enable justify one of the compelling reasons (health, family, return home, professional) as described on the website of the High Commission. This measure is planned for an initial period of two months. It is until March 31, 2021).
All travelers aged 11 and over who travel to French Polynesia by air must obey the following mandatory conditions: A SARS CoV 2 virus genome test has to be carried out by all travelers from 11 years old in a health authority center (hospital, medical centre, clinic, Covid-19 testing Center, or medical analysis laboratory) within three days before the flight to Tahiti at the passenger’s expense. Sanitary entry form online. After getting the negative test results, each adult need fill out a digital Sanitary entry form online on the dedicated platform particularly agreeing to:
- Respect the prevention measures and all health safety instructions issued by the authorities of French Polynesia for the pre-boarding phase, during the flight, disembarkation and throughout the stay.
- Call the emergency health line at 40 455 000 if traveler cough, fever or respiratory difficulty. If the travelers feel any sign of distress, they have to dial “15” (For emergency services).
- Submit to the health surveillance system made by the government of French Polynesia which, among other health protocols, mandates a self-test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus four days after arrival French Polynesia;
- Have travel insurance or assume all expenses personally related to the cost of care including hospitalization, repatriation, confinement, if the traveler fall ill during their stay.
- Give information about the stay in French Polynesia: itinerary, inter-island transport, accommodation (dates of stay, e-mail contacts or number telephone).
- Present the certificate of derogatory travel and the declaration on honour.
Safety requirements during the flight
Here are some safety requirements during the flight:
- Application of International Air Transport Association (IATA) travel health protocol be applied (at airports and on board the plane).
- Wearing the mask during the flight.
Safety requirements during the stay
Here are some safety requirements during the stay:
- Wearing a mask is a must (from the age of 11 years old).
- Respecting prevention measures at all times and in all places.
- In case of a change of itinerary, the travelers must update the itinerary part of their file on the Etis.pf site.
- Every traveler is subjected to a 14-day quarantine in strict isolation in Tahiti, in a dedicated site at passengers’ own expense or at home. The request for home quarantine need to be completed 72 hours before the departure flight to French Polynesia by the travelers.
- Do an RT-PCR test on the 12th day of the quarantine. If the test is negative, the person is able to leave the isolation after fourteen days.
- If the travelers are doubt on their health (fever or flu symptoms), they have to contact the reception of their accommodations or call directly. If the travelers feel any sign of distress, they have to dial “15” for emergency services.
- Depending on the diagnosis created by the Health Authorities, follow their instructions that may include isolation measures or carrying out an additional RT-PCR test.
Covid-19 In French Polynesia latest updates
Faced with the revival of COVID-19 disease around the world, and to preserve French Polynesia which has shown significant improvement for some consecutive weeks, the authorities have already decided to suspend travel to French Polynesia temporarily including tourists from all origins until further notice.
As of February 12th 2021, there are a total of 18 482 cumulative cases of corona virus on French Polynesia. Most of the cases of Corona virus are located in the urban communes of Tahiti and Moorea. For note: Tahiti is 170 miles/ 277 kilometers away from Bora Bora and 51 minutes away from Bora Bora by plane. While Moorea is about 145 miles/ 234 kilometers away from Bora Bora and 47 minutes away by plane.
Here is the last update for French Polynesia March 8th 2021:
- New cases: 23 (in 4 days)
- Cumulative cases: 18 482 (62 active cases) Since March 13th 2020.
- Current hospitalizations: 8, 2 in Intensive Care.
- Deaths: 141 (+1 in the last 4 days).
- People who got the first dose of vaccine: 8.018 (since January 18th 2021).
- Vaccinated people (having got two doses of vaccine): 4.399 (Since March 13th 2020).
How is the current situation of Covid-19 in Bora Bora?
Being an isolated island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, Bora Bora have remained in a safe and protected until December 2020, when a small local cluster started. As per March 9th 2021 they happily report again to be Covid-19 free with 0 local active cases of residents with Corona virus in Bora Bora. If you want to follow the evolution day to day of Bora Bora town, you are able to check the official Facebook of Bora Bora in French.
Reopening dates for the resorts in Bora Bora
- Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora shall reopen on April 1st, 2021.
- InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort shall reopen on April 1st, 2021.
- InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa shall reopen on April 1st, 2021.
- Conrad Bora Bora Nui shall reopen on April 1st, 2021.
- Le Bora Bora Relais & Chateaux by Pearl Resorts shall reopen on May 1st 2021.
- Regis Resort shall reopen on April 1st, 2021.
For note: The estimated date remains subject to alter, depending on the evolution of the borders regulations and policies.
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