French Polynesia launches online system for arriving travellers

3:35 pm on 13 July 2020

French Polynesia has launched an online registration system as it plans to open up for international tourism this week with flights from Paris and Los Angeles.

Air Tahiti Nui's Boeing Dreamliner is welcomed at the airport in Tahiti

Photo: Supplied

Anyone arriving in Tahiti is required to comply with the terms outlined in the Electronic Travel Information System.

These include a negative Covid-19 test no more than three days before departure as well as travel insurance covering costs in case of a Covid-19 infection.

The online declaration, which must include an itinerary, has to be supplied to the airline.

The system launch came just shortly after the French government decreed a stop to flights from and to several of its overseas territories.

The decree exempts travel in urgent cases and stipulates that the High Commissioner in French Polynesia can alter the terms of the decree.

On 15 July French Polynesia will become the first destination in the South Pacific accepting travellers without imposing a quarantine.

However, they will be given a kit to self-test for Covid-19 on the fourth day of their stay.

Electronic Travel Information System

Electronic Travel Information System Photo: supplied

French Polynesia updates economic relaunch plans

Meanwhile, French Polynesia's government has outlined part of its economic recovery programme to counter the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The president Edouard Fritch said a total of $US 575-million would be made available.

Mr Fritch said $US 200 million had already been committed to be disbursed before the end of the year, with the housing ministry in line for the biggest allocation.

He said he hoped to raise the figure to $US 300 million by year's end.

The government said funds would be released for projects drawn up by an interministerial commission and a committee made up of communes, the territorial and the French government which would last up to five years.

A general relaunch plan is expected to be presented in early August.

The Covid-19 outbreak collapsed French Polynesia's tourism sector, which was a key pillar of its economy.

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