Covid-19 Travel to French Polynesia / Bora Bora

Covid-19 Travel to French Polynesia / Bora Bora

Travel to Bora Bora – Opening of French Polynesia’s Borders

We realize some of you might be planning to visit French Polynesia and are questioning its re-opening.  With the information available in English is “weak” – We wanted to communicate the latest information available in French from the Official Source translated in English.  We hope this will help you plan your future stay in FP.

Re-opening of tourism and gradual resumption of commercial flights in French Polynesia from July 3, 2020

After facing the health crisis and in a context where the pandemic is beginning to regress or stabilize in some countries, French Polynesia must now do everything to ensure the recovery of its economy. Indeed, to limit the social and economic impact and especially the elimination of thousands of jobs, it is essential to quickly define the modalities of a resumption of economic activity compatible with the protection of the population.

The High Commissioner and the President of French Polynesia therefore announced this morning the gradual resumption of commercial flights from July 3 and presented the new sanitary rules which will apply to passengers.

The reopening of French Polynesia will be done in several stages on the basis of increased vigilance and the application of the precautionary principle:

> Before July 1, 2020

Three flights of territorial continuity are still scheduled to bring back cargo as well as residents, students and people who have a compelling reason (health, professional)

A mandatory test will be required 72 hours before departure. It must be negative to allow boarding.

Required Isolation either in a dedicated place, or at home if all the conditions of self-isolation are met.

> From July 3, 2020

The opening of commercial flights between Paris and Papeete will be possible only for residents, students and people who have a compelling reason (health, professional).

A mandatory test will be required 72 hours before departure. It must be negative to allow boarding.

All passengers will be subject to a quarantine period of one week (seven) in dedicated center or at home, with a new test at the end.

> From July 15, 2020

Opening of French Polynesia to international tourism for Europe and the United States initially.

  • Mandatory international travel insurance for each non-resident visitor.
  • Required test 72 hours before departure.
  • Compulsory traveler information about their itinerary, inter-island transport, accommodation (contact details: e-mail, telephone, address, dates of stay).
  • Certificate of commitment on the honor regarding the respect of the barrier gestures and a self-diagnosis of the symptoms.
  • Wearing a mask recommended during the stay when social distancing is not guaranteed.
  • Tests carried out during the stay.

From this date, a procedure to monitor people based on three pillars “Trace, screen, isolate” will be put in place in order to welcome tourists in optimal security conditions and to protect tourism professionals.

In addition, the entire tourism sector will set up a “Clean and safe” protocol, by respecting barrier gestures and social distancing measures to limit the risk the development of a chain of transmission (cluster) .

If a new Covid-19 case is detected in the territory, it will be immediately isolated in a single room and the individual itinerary will be traced using the information provided on arrival.

Building on the acquired experience from the management of the crisis, the authorities of the State and of French Polynesia will continue their efforts to guarantee health security for the population while reconciling it with the Re-opening of tourism, and more generally the economic activity.

Translated from the Source “Haut Commissariat” http://www.polynesie-francaise.pref.gouv.fr/Actualites/Communiques-de-presse/2020/Relance-du-tourisme-et-reprise-progressive-des-vols-commerciaux-en-Polynesie-francaise-a-partir-du-3-juillet-2020

Tahitian Vow Renewal Ceremony at Motu Piti Aau – Bora Bora

Tahitian Vow Renewal Ceremony at Motu Piti Aau – Bora Bora

Tahitian Vow Renewal Ceremony at Motu Piti Aau – Bora Bora

My husband and I had such an amazing experience with Moea! She and her team were so helpful in organizing the perfect special day! A once in a lifetime experience! Top notch treatment and accommodations! Thank you also to Stephan & Bonnie who did a amazing job capturing photos for us!

Jack & Carol – Civil Marriage & Traditional Tahitian Wedding

Jack & Carol – Civil Marriage & Traditional Tahitian Wedding

Jack & Carol – Civil Marriage & Traditional Tahitian Wedding

Getting Married in Bora Bora……..

We are from the U.S. and had to ‘navigate’ through all the critical items needed in order to have a legally recognized wedding on this small but breathtaking island. Here are some of the things that will save you time and make your special day truly spectacular.

First, picking and contracting a wedding planner is critical so pick your wedding planner quickly and wisely. One of the critical items we needed was someone local that would maintain timely communication to insure things are being handled and to ease one’s nerves as your special day quickly arrives.

Our decision to chose Moea was the best decision we made for our special day. Moea was available by phone and was quick to respond to emails and inquiries. Moea also was very familiar with the local Mayor’s office personnel and was very willing to personally deliver our French translated wedding documents with quick feedback. We also found that Moea was very flexible to changes in plans as our cruise ship changed our itinerary three times before settling on a specific day of arrival on the island.

Wedding Bora Bora also was well connected with supporting our request for a 2nd traditional Polynesian wedding which occurred on a nearby private island. The polynesian non-denominational priest was also patient in providing translation from French to English.

Civil Marriage & Tahitian Ceremony in Bora Bora

Civil Marriage & Tahitian Ceremony in Bora Bora

Civil Marriage & Tahitian Ceremony in Bora Bora

Words Don’t EVEN Come Close!!

Words cannot even express the exceptional care and experience Moea provided for our Bora Bora Wedding. It started with her help with all of the paperwork – which was amazing. She also had resources to help with photos and makeup. Every detail was perfect – from the pick up at our house, arriving at the courthouse & honking, the city service with beautiful flowers and having petals thrown on us as we left, the boat ride & ultimate beach ceremony —it was like a dream… come true. Just so helpful, professional and lovely. If this is your dream – let Moea help you – you will be as blessed as we were!

Hi Stephanie,

Congratulations again on your legal mariage and Tahitian Ceremony! It was an honor for us to have welcomed the both of you. We are so happy to know we made for life long memories! Motu Piti Aau is a very special place, the view of Mt Otemanu always brings emotions and serenity to everyone stepping foot there.

We are wishing you lots of love and happiness!

Ken & Yuriko – Tahitian Wedding at Motu Piti Aau

Ken & Yuriko – Tahitian Wedding at Motu Piti Aau

Ken & Yuriko – Tahitian Wedding at Motu Piti Aau

Such a wonderful & fun couple from Japan!

Motu Piti Aau

Thank you so much Weddings Bora Bora for arranging our wedding ceremony. It was pure magic from the moment we all arrived at the Motu by boat to the sound of serenading and ukulele all just to welcome me and my wife.
We’re both Japanese, but we chose to adorn ourselves with traditional Tahitian wear for our ceremony, as we wanted an authentic wedding in the local tradition. I highly recommend this to anyone who may want their wedding sealed in the sacredness of the beautiful land, nature and culture of Bora Bora. I also highly recommend the highly professional work of Stephan and Bonnie who will capture each and every moment and nuance so perfectly in your photos and videos. Merci everyone!

Ken & Yuriko

Ken and Yuriko were from Tokyo, they chose to wear “Local Costumes” for their ceremony, it was such a pleasure to be witnesses of their joy and emotions!

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