Travel to French Polynesia

French Polynesia: entry and exit requirements

Formalities, visas

Upon entry, a passport valid for 6 months from the intended departure date and a return flight or onward travel ticket must be presented. A visa will then be issued for up to four months upon entry.

Import and export of foreign currency

There is no limit for the import of foreign currency. However, only foreign currencies up to the imported amount may be exported again.

Import and export of goods

The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.

Duty-free goods

200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco may be imported duty-free. In addition, 2 liters of alcohol can be imported duty-free. The importation of drugs, weapons, ammunition and explosives is of course strictly prohibited. For example, sailors who have a weapon on board should have declared it beforehand.

Entry with pets

For the owners of dogs and other animals, when traveling abroad, the question arises whether they can even take their animals with them to the chosen travel destination, and if that is possible, then of course the question of the respective applicable conditions arises. Here with us you will find all the important information on this topic, seriously researched at the embassies or the Foreign Office.

The importation of pets into French Polynesia from Germany, Austria and Switzerland is prohibited. However, a transit stay is permitted if the animal remains at the airport.

For imports from other countries, you should contact the responsible French representative.

Pets in the airplane

When transporting pets in airplanes, there is the possibility that the animal flies together with an accompanying person (owner) or without such a person.

Transporting animals with an accompanying person (keeper)

In this case, proceed as follows: At the airport, the animal is locked in a transport box provided by the keeper beforehand. It must be ensured that the container is large enough that the animal can stand in it and turn around, and it must also be ensured that no liquids can run out (urine). This is done using suitable absorbent material, in the simplest case using a sufficient amount of newspaper.

There should also be a water bowl and, depending on the length of the flight, enough food. The transport container is handed over to the staff at the check-in counter. The transport fee depends on the weight of the animal. It is imperative to ensure that there is space for the animal for the flight booked, as the number of animals that can be transported is limited.

The animal is located in the machine in an air-conditioned area between the passenger deck and the cargo area. As a rule, no member of the crew takes care of the animal during the flight, not even to give water or food.

However, experience has shown that the stress of checking in and the take-off phase is so stressful for most animals that they sleep for most of the flight. The administration of sedatives before check-in is not only not recommended, as their effects cannot be foreseen under these conditions, but is even prohibited for reasons of security (smuggling). Many airlines also exclude a number of dogs (attack dogs) from transport.

Animal transport without an accompanying person

In this case, a specialist company must be commissioned with the transport, which then takes care of everything else. However, it should be ensured that the animal is picked up at the arrival airport by someone who is familiar to the dog. And of course all import regulations for pets for the country have to be explored beforehand and strictly adhered to.


It has proven to be very helpful if you have accustomed the animal to such a transport container at home a few weeks before the intended flight.

French Polynesia: how to get there and transport

How do you get to French Polynesia?

Ship connections

Papeete has a port that is used by cargo ships, tankers and cruise ships. There are also ferry connections from Papeete to the island of Maorea, around 15 km away.

Recently, the islands have been increasingly approached by cruise ships such as B. from P + O.

Air connections

Tahiti has an international airport that is served by a number of countries and various airlines, such as: B. from Qantas, Lufthansa, Airfrance or Air New Zealand. Connections exist to Europe, the USA, Canada, Hawaii as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Travel in the country

In Tahiti you can get around individually either by car, motorcycle or bicycle and of course on foot.


There are currently around 2,600 km of roads, 1,740 km of which are paved. The infrastructure is currently being expanded with EU aid.

Rental cars

The main rental agencies are Aris Pacifar, Hertz and Europcar. Even a Rolls Royce with a chauffeur is available. However, the most convenient way to travel is to use a taxi, the drivers of which are very knowledgeable about the island.

Ferry connections/waterways Ferry

ports are located in Papeete, Mataura, Rikitea and Uturoa.

Air connections

The state has a total of 49 airports.


Various vehicles function as buses such as B. “pick ups” or open buses, the so-called “Le Truck”, with which you can explore the island. The bus stops are blue posts painted with a white bus.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, the international license plate of French Polynesia is:


French Polynesia: embassies, consulates and tourist office

Visit Countryaah for a full list of French Polynesia embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of French Polynesia in Germany

French Polynesia does not have its own diplomatic mission; France is responsible for this.

The embassy of the French Republic in Berlin is located on Pariser Platz – in the immediate vicinity of the Brandenburg Gate. The embassy stands on the same ground that the previous representative office was on until it was destroyed in 1945. It should be mentioned that the property has been owned by the French state since 1860. After reunification, it was returned to France. The building was built in 1997 based on plans by the Parisian architect Christian de Portzamparc.

Embassy of the French Republic in Berlin

Pariser Platz 5

10117 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 590 03 90 00

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 590 03 91 10


Web: www.

German representations in French Polynesia


The Federal Republic of Germany does not have its own embassy in French Polynesia, but is only represented by an honorary consulate.

The embassy in Paris, France is responsible.

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Paris

13/15, avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt

75008 Paris


Ambassade de la République fédérale d’Allemagne

BP 30 221

75364 Paris CEDEX 08


Tel: 0033 – 1 – 5383 4500

Fax: 0033 – 1 – 4359 7418


The German embassy in Paris is still responsible for:

  • French Guiana
  • Guadeloupe
  • Martinique
  • New Caledonia
  • Reunion
  • Wallis and Futuna

Honorary Consulate Germany in Papeete

10, rue du Commandant Destremeau

98713 Papeete, Tahiti


Consul honoraire de la République fédérale d’Allemagne

BP 4567

98713 Papeete, Tahiti

Tel: 00 689 – 42 92 26

Fax: 00 689 – 413828

Email: dieterflach @ mail. pf

Austrian representations in French Polynesia


Austria does not have its own embassy in French Polynesia, but is only represented by an honorary consulate.

The embassy in Paris, France is responsible.

Austrian Embassy in Paris

6, Rue Fabert

75007 Paris

Tel: 0033 – (0) 1 – 4063 3063

Fax: 0033 – (0) 1 – 4555 6365


Representations of French Polynesia in Austria


French Polynesia embassy does not have its own diplomatic mission abroad; France is responsible for this.

Embassy of the French Republic in Vienna

Technikerstraße 2

1040 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 502 750

Fax: 0043 – (0) 1 – 502 177


Swiss representations in French Polynesia


Switzerland does not have its own embassy in French Polynesia. The embassy in Paris, France is responsible.

Embassy, Ambassade de Suisse in Paris

142, rue de Grenelle

75007 Paris

Tel: 0033 – (0) 1 – 4955 6700

Fax: 0033 – (0) 1 – 4955 6767


Representations of French Polynesia in Switzerland


French Polynesia embassy does not have its own diplomatic mission abroad; France is responsible for this.

Embassy of the French Republic in Bern

Schosshaldenstrasse 46

3006 Bern

Tel: 0041 – (0) 31 – 359 2111

Fax: 0041 – (0) 31 – 359 2191


Tourist office

Tourist Office of Tahiti-Tourisme

Tel: 0049 – (0) 69 – 1753 7100

Fax: 0049 – (0) 69 – 753 7111


Tourism Department of the Embassy of the French Republic

Lugeck 1-2/1/7

1010 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – 0900 – 25 0015 (€ 0.68/minute)

Fax: 0043 – (0) 1 – 503 2872

E-Mail: @

French Polynesia: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings

Infectious diseases

In French Polynesia, the following diseases are to be expected in Germany and Northern Europe:

Malaria or yellow fever are not to be expected.

  • Dengue fever, in 2002 there was an increase in infections with the dengue virus.
  • Intestinal infections caused by contaminated food or water, including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all kinds of viruses and bacteria.
  • tetanus
  • diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Filariasis

Recommended vaccinations

when traveling to French Polynesia, the following vaccinations recommended:

  • Diphtheria, a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhus for special travel groups (backpackers) who are z. B. supply yourself with water in nature.

Malaria prophylaxis

When traveling in the country, it is strongly advised to undergo malaria prophylaxis. However, if the side effects seem questionable to you, you should at least have a “stand-by preparation” with you.

Compulsory vaccination

For all persons who enter from an area of yellow fever infected by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against yellow fever.

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most people in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007.

There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory additional payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge:

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis.

As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.

Current warnings

Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens Service

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000

Current warning notices:

French Polynesia: Currency, Exchange Rate and Shopping

The local currency is the Pacific Franc (CFP), Comptair Francais du Pacifique Franc, the official bank abbreviation is XFP. There is no subunit, so the smallest unit is 1 XPF.

The following banknotes are valid and in circulation in the country:

  • 500 XPF
  • 1,000 XPF
  • 5,000 XPF
  • 10,000 XPF

There are also the following coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 XPF

Exchange rate

You can find a currency converter here:

Bank opening hours

The banks have different opening times:


Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Credit cardsLa Carte Bleue, Visa and MasterCard are the most common credit cards.


Shop opening times Monday – Thursday: 7.30am /8.00am – 5.00pm Friday: 7.30am/8.00am – 4.00pmSaturday: morning

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs

  • Black pearls: Tahiti has a wide variety of black pearls.
  • Pareu: This is a cloth that is curved around the hips.
  • Vanilla from the island of Tahaa: The fresh spice is a fantastic souvenir.
  • Monoi: Cosmetics made from coconut oil.
  • Noni juice: see under medicinal plants
  • Tattoo: An unusual souvenir is an original tattoo from the South Seas, from the region from which the art of body decoration originates. There are a large number of excellent tattoo artists in French Polynesia. B. prick according to traditional patterns of the Marquesa Islands.

Travel to French Polynesia