Published on : Wednesday, February 3, 2021
The French Polynesian government has declared that as of February 3, 2021, the country will be barring all entry related to tourism until fresh notice is issued. This is done to protect the islands from new and random variants of the virus.
Only special cases of the travelers will be allowed to travel the islands past February 3rd, under the justification of ‘compelling reasons’, like a family or medical emergency.
In July 2020, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Mo’orea and other French Polynesian islands reopened to tourists. For the last seven months tourists from any country of the world could go to Tahiti and Bora Bora with no quarantine but with double-testing protocols in place.
In July, within the first two weeks of the reopening, more than 4000 visitors arrived, with rising numbers all through the rest of last year.
French Polynesia experienced their highest rise in the number of case in November 2020 but has since brought levels downward to the ultra-low numbers they saw when they first reopened. Regardless of the striking rate of reduction in the number of cases, a trend that prompts several nations in reopening their tourism sector, the nation still considers that closing borders for all visitors is the most appropriate decision.
At present, tourists who are relishing their stay in French Polynesia are allowed to complete that within 1-week. Tourists with longer stays are requested to contact their airline in rescheduling their date of departure. From Tahiti, direct flights are available for flying to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Paris.
Besides the declaration of tourism closing, the order of the curfew has been extended on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea. Daily between 9:00 pm and 4:00 am, all trips, circulation or movement in public areas are prohibited until at least February 15th, 2021.
The government of French Polynesia has yet to put an end date to their tourism close down program and will actively access the situation of when they may safely reopen again.
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