Getting to Tahiti
International Airline Tickets
If you booked your international flight with True Tahiti Vacation; you will receive e-Tickets once your trip is paid in full.
Entry Requirements for French Polynesia
If you carry a US or Canadian passport, you're allowed to stay 90 days without a visa. Your passport must be valid for six months from your travel date. You're also required to have a return or continuing ticket. Entry requirements may change at any moment. If you have any questions, please contact your nearest French Consulate or Embassy. Visas are issued in Tahiti and may take up to 3 weeks to be returned to the French Consulate.
Immunizations are not required for entry into Tahiti. However, visitors arriving from other countries that have infections such as cholera, yellow fever, and/or the plague as defined by the World Health Organization may be asked to present certificates of inoculations to gain entry. A yellow fever vaccination is mandatory for all persons (over 9 months of age) who have stayed in either sub-Sarahan Africaor South America and wish to enter French Polynesia!
All concerned travelers must therefore be in possession of a valid certificate of vaccination against yellow fever.
Each person may legally bring the following items into French Polynesia duty free: 200 cigarettes, 200 cigarillos or 100 cigars; 50 grams of perfume; 500 grams of coffee; 100 grams of tea; 10 rolls of film; and 2 liters of alcohol. Returning home, U.S. customs allow an exemption of $800 in goods per resident, including one quart of liquor and 200 cigarettes; Canadian customs also allow an $800 exemption, including 1.1 liters of alcohol and 200 cigarettes.
Luggage restrictions are subject to change at any time. Please check with the airline prior to your departure.
International Flights to Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui
Coach: Allowed 2 pieces at 23 kilos each (50 lbs).
Business Class: Allowed 2 pieces at 32 kilos each (70 lbs).
Infants (all classes): Allowed 1 piece at 10 kilos each (22 lbs) + 1 folding stroller.
Any piece over 32 kilos (70 lbs) will not be accepted and must be shipped as air freight. A maximum of 4 pieces per passenger allowed (including the 2 free & 2 excess baggage).
Inter-Island Flights in Tahiti, Air Tahiti
Normally when flying inter-island on Air Tahiti, passengers are allowed baggage up to 20 kilos (44 lbs). There is however an exception for divers who may bring 25 kilos (55 lbs). To qualify you must present your dive certification card and international ticket at the check-in counter.
We do not include travel insurance with our packages. However for your protection and peace of mind, we highly recommend you insure yourself against trip cancellation, medical emergencies or illnesses and baggage loss. A search on Google will offer several different companies, we recommend InsureMyTrip.com.
Receiving Your Travel Docs
When you arrive in Tahiti and exit customs, you'll walk straight ahead to the South Pacific Transport Board. Look also for the True Tahiti Vacation sign and you will see your names on the board! Our representatives will be wearing green & white shirts. He/she will provide you all of the travel documents for your trip.
Luggage carts are free when you arrive at the international terminal. Outside of the international terminal you will need a 100 franc coin to use the carts.
You may store your luggage in the parking lot just across from the departure terminal. It is open everyday from 6am - 6pm when there are no late international flights or until 10:00pm when there are late international flights. The price varies according to size. The smallest carry-on is around $4.00/day. The largest surfboard around $22.00/day.
Airline Seating on Inter-Island Flights
On all inter-island flights, there is open seating so try to sit on the left side of the airplane for the best view.