Travel to Tahiti

Travel to Tahiti

Tahiti: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

For the entry of tourists from the EU and many other countries, a passport is sufficient for a visit of up to three months. So no visa is required.
Upon entry, a passport valid for 6 months from the intended departure date and a return flight or onward travel ticket must be presented.


There is no limit for the import of foreign currency. However, only foreign currencies up to the imported amount may be exported again.

Vaccination regulations
There are no compulsory vaccinations or other mandatory medical measures when entering the country. An exception to this are travelers who come from an area of ​​yellow fever infection declared by the WHO. This group of people must present a valid vaccination certificate against yellow fever.

Import and export of goods

200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco may be imported duty-free. In addition, 2 liters of alcohol can be imported duty-free. The import of drugs, weapons, ammunition and explosives is of course strictly prohibited. For example, sailors who have a weapon on board should have declared it before entering the country.
The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.

Entry with pets

The importation of pets from Germany, Austria and Switzerland into Tahiti is prohibited. However, a transit stay is permitted if the animal remains at the airport. For imports from other countries, the competent French representation should be consulted.

Tahiti: Getting There and Transport

From Europe, the journey by plane takes about 20 hours. You land at Faa`a International Airport on the main island of Tahiti. the airport is served by a number of countries and various airlines, such as: B. from Quantas, Lufthansa, Air France or Air New Zealand. Connections exist to Europe, the USA, Canada, Hawaii as well as Australia and New Zealand.

In Tahiti you can get around individually either by car, motorcycle or bicycle and of course on foot.
There are currently around 2,600 km of roads, of which approx. 1,740 km are tarred. With the EU aid pumped into the country, many roads and other infrastructure are currently being expanded.
The maximum speed is 50 km/h inside built-up areas and 60 km/h outside.
The German, Swiss and Austrian driving license is recognized if it has been valid for more than a year.


Various vehicles function as “buses”, including “pick-ups” or open “buses”, the so-called “Le Truck”, with which you can explore the island. The bus stops are blue posts painted with a white bus.

Rental car

The main rental agencies are Aris Pacifar, Hertz and Europcar. Even a Rolls-Royce with a chauffeur is available. However, the most convenient way of traveling is to use a taxi, the drivers of which are excellent experts on the island.

Ship connections

Papeete has a port that cargo ships (containers), tankers and cruise ships can and will call at. There are also ferry connections from Papeete to the island of Maorea, some 15 km away.

International license plate

The international license plate of Tahiti as part of French Polynesia reads:


Tahiti: Currency, Exchange Rate and Shopping

The local currency is the Pacific Franc (CFP) Comptair Francais du Pacifique Franc, the official bank abbreviation is XFP. There is no subunit, so the smallest unit is 1 XPF

The following bills exist:
500 XPF
1,000 XPF
5,000 XPF and
10,000 XPF

And the following coins: 1,2,5,10,20,50 and 100 XPF

Credit cards
La Carte Bleue, Visa and MasterCard are the most common credit cards.

Bank opening hours

The banks have different opening times
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 11:00 am and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Exchange rate

The conversion rate or exchange rate of the XFP to the euro is fixed:

1 Euro (€) = 119.33 XPF

Shop opening times

Monday –
Friday: 7.30/8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Friday: 7.30 a.m./8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Saturday: morning

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs

Black pearls
in Tahiti one finds a wide range of black pearls

The curved around his waist cloth

Vanilla from the island of Tahaa
, the fresh spice is a fantastic gift

cosmetics made from coconut oil

Noni juice for
more information see under Medicinal

Plant Tattoo
An unusual souvenir is an original tattoo from the South Seas, the region from which the art of body decoration originates. In French Polynesia there are a number of excellent tattoo artists who do tattoos using traditional patterns from the Marquesa Islands, for example.

Travel to Tahiti

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