French Polynesia has re-opened its borders for quarantine-free travel, with the first flight from Los Angeles arriving on Tuesday morning [NZT].
Such access is however restricted to vaccinated tourists from the United States who have tested negative for Covid-19 no more than three days before departure.
Air Tahiti Nui relaunched its Los Angeles to Papeete service after a three-month border closure ordered by France in February as its pandemic worsened.
However, after lobbying from French Polynesia’s government and tourism sector, the French authorities eased the travel ban to allow eligible US travellers back in while still barring French tourists.
Travellers who aren’t vaccinated must go into a ten-day quarantine.
After the previous resumption of quarantine-free travel to Tahiti last July, 18000 people caught the virus and 141 died.
Source : RNZ.co.nz 4th May 2021