French Polynesia prepares for post-Covid-19 arrivals

1:06 pm on 1 May 2020

The French Polynesian government has outlined new conditions for people entering the territory as rotations of French public servants are being prepared.

Air Tahiti Nui's new jet, a Boeing Dreamliner, in Tahiti

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The government decided that people who had tested positive for Covid-19 must be free of symptoms for at least two weeks before boarding a flight for Tahiti.

It said on departure they must produce a medical certificate confirming their health status which is less than three days old.

On arrival such passengers won't need to isolate.

All other travellers, however, must isolate for two weeks.

Since mid-March anyone arriving in Tahiti needed to self-isolate for 21 days.

Regular passenger flights are not expected to resume before June at the earliest, with Air France planning to restart its Paris to Papeete service in July.

The new rules for arrivals were announced as many restrictions were lifted this week, with a review of them due on 13 May.

58 people tested positive for Covid-19, the last two this week.