Obligations and formalities

On your arrival

Vessels must fly the yellow flag until the formalities are completed (immigration, customs, phytosanitary) and the courtesy flag.

As of May 9, 2022, health measures have been reduced.

Pleasure vessels can only make their first touchdown in French Polynesia in a “Gendarmerie” office on one of the following islands:

  • Tahiti-Papeete
  • Moorea–Afareaitu
  • Huahine – Fare
  • Raiatea – Uturoa
  • Bora Bora – Vaitape
  • Nuku Hiva–Taiohae
  • Hiva Oa–Atuona
  • Ua Pou–Hakahau
  • Rangiroa – Tiputa
  • Mangareva – Rikitea
  • Tubuai – Mataura
  • Rurutu-Moerai
  • Raivavae – Raima

You must send your maritime health declaration to the BVS – Bureau de la veille sanitaire (veille@sante.gov.pf) 48 hours before your arrival in French Polynesia : Download maritime health declaration form here

The captain must also follow the rules in terms of Biosecurity, to know more : https://www.service-public.pf/biosecurite/

In addition, for better management of maritime stopovers in French Polynesia, pleasure craft should provide the Polynesian Department of Maritime Affairs (escales.dpam@administration.gov.pf) with the following information:

  • Final arrival/departure island
  • Final arrival/departure date
  • Vessel name / Vessel Flag
  • Identity of the skipper
  • Number of people on board


Border police / PAF

Formalities to be done at the office of PAF in Faa’a (Tahiti-Faa’a Airport) if you enter through Tahiti or Moorea. Otherwise, to be done at the gendarmerie of your port of entry. Note that if you make a change of crew during your stay, you must declare it to the PAF in Faa’a.

Each crew member must present a valid passport and justify a health insurance coverage. French citizens may stay and work without visa. Those coming from the E.U. (except from France) may stay without visa under certain conditions and citizens from other countries must have a visa. This visa must imperatively carry the mention “Valid for French Polynesia”.

A return ticket to your country of origin is necessary, or if not, you must justify the deposit of a guarantee with a local bank. This repatriation guarantee is individual and returned when you depart. A maritime agent lets you avoid these obligations by vouching for you.

It is highly recommended that you visit the following site before leaving:


The formalities and verification of your situation are to be done upon arrival. If you enter through the port of Papeete, go to Papeete’s Customs Office. Otherwise, go to the gendarmerie of your entry port. The Customs form, which is given to you when you arrive must be filled out and mailed to “Direction des Douanes” de Papeete within 24h. or by e-mail: croc-polynesie@douane.finances.gouv.fr

Remember: Failure to declare one’s arrival or departure is a violation of FP’s Customs Code and is liable to penalties. According to decree n° 401 CM of March 27, 2013 modified by decree n° 655 CM of April 22, 2014, a vessel may stay under the regime of temporary admission in Polynesian waters without clearing customs and suspended from import duties and taxes for a period of 36 consecutive months under the following conditions:

  • The owner or user of the boat must not be a resident of French Polynesia nor work during his stay.
  • The vessel must be registered outside of French Polynesia, it shall not be sold, rented or lent to a third party.
  • Beyond the period of 36 consecutive months under temporary stay, you must leave French Polynesia waters with your boat (no minimum time requirement between 2 stays in French Polynesia, but by presenting proof of leaving the territory and entry in a territory other than French Polynesia) or by clearing Customs (contact the Customs service).
  • More info: Decree n° 655 CM du 22/04/2014

Insects and animals control (Service du développement rural – SDR)

To protect French Polynesia, which is free of many pests and diseases, the import of any animal, plant and any product of animal or vegetable origin is prohibited. Waivers may be granted under certain conditions by the Rural Development Service. Declaration forms are available on the website. Bringing your pet on land is prohibited. The import of honey is prohibited. Food products of animal origin should be strictly kept onboard.

Stay longer

If you are considering a stay longer than 3 months, it is necessary to request a long term visa, but you must go through these steps before you arrive in French Polynesia, with the French consular authorities in your country of origin, or with the French consulates in your stopovers before.

Applications can be sumitted to the French Embassy in Panama at the earliest 3 months and at the latest one month before the scheduled departure from Panama. With some exceptions, personal appearance at the Embassy is mandatory. The price is € 99 payable in US dollars (the dollar amount varies depending on the applicable rate of Chancelry). Form, explanations, list of documents required. If individuals want to keep their passport pending the processing of their application, they will also need to submit this application duly completed and signed.

Useful addresses

12 Voie M, Papeete, Polynésie française
The Direction polynésienne des affaires maritimes (DPAM) is responsible for general jurisdiction ...

BP 9164 – 98715 Motu Uta, Papeete Tahiti Motu Uta, Papeete Tahiti (zone urbaine)

Motu Uta, Papeete Tahiti (zone urbaine)
Customs Council Importation of equipment and spare parts inquiries : Ph : 40 50 55 58 cce-polyne...

Aéroport de Tahiti – Faa’a Tahiti
Aéroport de Tahiti – Faa’a BP 6362 – 98702 Faa’a (accessible en bus) du lundi au vendredi 7h30 &#...

Avenue de Ste Amélie, Papeete, Polynésie française
Servitude privée, Papara, Polynésie française
Baie de Cook, Paopao, Moorea, Polynésie française
Uturoa, Îles Sous-le-Vent, Polynésie française
Unnamed Road, Fare, Polynésie française
patio tahaa
Urgences. Centre Opérationnel de la Gendarmerie COORDONNÉES DU COMMANDEMENT DE LA GENDARMERIE POU...

Motu Uta, Papeete, Polynésie française
Démarches phytosanitaires, BIOSÉCURITÉ, protection des végétaux, protection zoosanitaire, départe...

Aéroport de Tahiti-Faaa, Faaa, Polynésie française
Démarches phytosanitaires, BIOSÉCURITÉ, protection des végétaux, protection zoosanitaire, départe...

Unnamed Road, Papeete, Polynésie française
Rue Francis Puara Cowan, Papeete, Polynésie française
Rue Frédéric Gadiot, Pirae, Polynésie française
40 42 35 1840 42 35 18
Service du développement rural à contacter pour les déclarations de vos animaux conformément à la...

Mangareva, Îles Tuamotu-Gambier, Polynésie française
Rangiroa, Îles Tuamotu, Îles Tuamotu-Gambier, Polynésie française
Raivavae, Îles Tubuaï, Îles Australes, Polynésie française
Rurutu, Îles Australes, Polynésie française
Tubuai, Îles Tubuaï, Îles Australes, Polynésie française
Hiva Oa, Southern Group, Îles Marquises, Polynésie française
'Ua Pou, Northern Group, Îles Marquises, Polynésie française
Nuku Hiva, Northern Group, Îles Marquises, Polynésie française
Fare, Huahine, Polynésie française
Raiatea, Uturoa, Îles Sous-le-Vent, Polynésie française
Démarches phytosanitaires, BIOSÉCURITÉ, protection des végétaux, protection zoosanitaire Mangare...

Plaza de Francia, Las Bovedas, San Felipe, Calle 2a Oeste, Panamá, Panama
Si vous envisagez un séjour qui puisse durer plus de 3 mois, il est nécessaire de demander un vis...