[h4]FRENCH POLYNESIA VISA REGULATIONS[/h4]
EC citizens are allowed to stay in French Polynesia without time restriction.
Tourist visas allow visitors to stay a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period from 1st arrival to last departure.
To stay more than 90 days, non-EC citizens must obtain a long stay visa from the French Consulate of their country of origin.
Some Consulates can receive applications for crew unable to return home.
Non EC citizens must have a bond letter from a registered agent or an outbound air ticket to board any plane bound for Tahiti.
AUTHORIZED ENTRY PORTS
Marquesas Islands: Nuku Hiva (Taiohae), Ua Pou (Hakahau), Hiva Oa (Atuona)
Austral Islands: Tubuai (Mataura), Rurutu (Moerai), Raivavae (Rairua)
Tuamotu/Gambier: Rangiroa (Tiputa), Mangareva (Rikitea)
Society Islands – Leeward Islands: Raiatea (Uturoa), Huahine (Fare), Bora Bora (Vaitape)
Society Islands – Windward Islands: Tahiti (Papeete: main entry port)
ARRIVING TO THE MARQUESAS ISLANDS
When arriving to Nuku Hiva or Hiva Oa, our agent will assist you for your check-in with the gendarmerie.
The agent will send us a copy of your inward clearance by email, and the original by mail. (We must be dropped it off within 10 days after your arrival to French Polynesia).
In Nuku Hiva, we have Kevin on VHF 73
In Hiva Oa, we have Sandra on VHF11
ARRIVING DIRECTLY TO TAHITI
If you are arriving directly to Papeete, Tahiti, please keep us informed about your ETA, and we will meet you on arrival.
You have to notify us at least 48 hours in advance so we can organize your arrival with the border police, the harbormaster, and the custom.
Remember that you have to do your entry on your arrival day and if you arrive late at night in Papeete, the entry must be done early in the morning with the border police.
Also remember that yachts can’t do their check-in in Moorea; it has to be done in Tahiti.
*Please note that if you arrive in a port where we don’t have agents you will have to email us this document directly. With this email, we can, here in Tahiti, get the document from the customs office for you; that will entitle you to duty free fuel.
COMING TO TAHITI
When you arrive in Tahiti, you need to do a check-in with the port captain of Papeete. This needs to be done during the first couple of days after your arrival in Tahiti (not necessarily the 1st day)
If you are coming straight to the marina Taina, we can organize it for you and at the same time, it is a good opportunity for us to meet in person.
We receive Puddle Jumpers on weekdays only from 9.00am to 11.00am at the Marina Taina.
Nationalities allowed entering without visas:
All EU citizens, Albania (e-passport only), Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Bosnia (e-passport only), Brazil, British National (overseas), British Subjects with right of abode, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia (e-passport only), Malaysia, Marshall islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro (e-passport only), Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, St Christopher & Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia (e-passport only), Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay, USA, Vatican, Venezuela.
Citizens from Bahrain, Belorussia, China, India, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates who already have a Schengen multiple entry visa valid for a minimum of six months and issued by a French consulate do not need additional visa.
Schengen visas others than those above are not valid in Tahiti.
It is recommended to double check with the French Consulate of your country of residence before arrival and also, send us an email with a copy of your visa as well.
For more information on visas:
All others must obtain a short-term visa from the nearest French Consulate before arrival in French Polynesia.
A visa for a maximum of 15 days can be obtained on arrival by sea for exceptional reasons.
Once you are in French Polynesia, it is not possible to ask for an extension. Visa extension is allowed only exceptionally for specific reasons. If you are planning to stay more than 90 days, you can apply for a short-term visa from the nearest French Consulate or a long-stay visa from the French Consulate of your home country.
If you are flying a crew to join the boat and then the crew leaves French Polynesia by boat, i.e., if the crew doesn’t have a return ticket, then they will need to have a bond letter.
You (the captain) have to send us their passport and a copy of their flight tickets so that we can organize the bond letter.
The crew will need to show the bond letter to the airline desk during check-in and on arrival to the Border Police.
On arrival, at your first port of call in the Marquesas, Gambier or Tuamotu Islands, you will have to contact the Gendarmerie who will normally give you a custom clearance. The original must be sent straight to the customs headquarters in Tahiti.
Since 2014, yachts have been allowed to stay 36 months in French Polynesia.
Arms and ammunitions can transit only after proper declaration.
Wine and alcohol can be used by crew and owners on board within the limits listed below (per person over 17 years of age) :
-200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco
-2 L of wine & 2 L of Alcohol under 22° or 1 L of Alcohol over 22°
Duty free fuel can be obtained in most islands. That is valid 6 months and can be renewed.
In order to register with an agent, all crew must have a personal medical cover/ or proof of health insurance while entering French Polynesia.
You need insurance in French Polynesia to cover medical expenses and evacuation to your home country if need be.
For cruisers with a long stay visa, Immigration has instituted spot checks. If you are asked for proof of health insurance and do not have it, you can be REFUSED AT ENTRY.
The French Polynesian government does not want to get stuck with cruisers who become seriously ill, and are not able to pay their bills.
Because of the new enforcement protocol, we cannot represent boats that do not have medical coverage for their crews.
We are not insurance experts, but if you do not have one, you can get an estimated price with IMG on : https://purchase.imglobal.com/Quote/patriot/pre-quote?imgac=80003825
When you come ashore, you are not allowed to bring any kind of fruits, flowers, seeds, vegetables, flowers into our islands.
Please be aware that you are not allowed to disembark your animal before reaching Tahiti. Tahiti’s Agriculture Department and their veterinarians are the only one authorized to give you the permit for disembarkation of your animal. Also remember that the quarantine starts from the moment when the veterinary has checked the animal, not from the moment the yacht entered the country.
Importing animals is prohibited (parrots…) but the transit of dogs, cats or rabbits can be allowed after declaration and proper quarantine procedures. Animal products (meat, skins…) must not be landed ashore.
If you need further information contact us; we’ll be happy to help.
[h5]BERTH IN TAHITI AND MOOREA[/h5]
The captain needs to inform the port captain of arrival of the yacht and he needs to wait for their approval before entering the pass and sailing along the airport.
With its 3 docks, the Papeete Yacht Quay can accommodate up to 45 sailboats. The Port maintains a security service which guards the quay 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the high season, from April to September. Every berth on the yachtsmen’s quay is equipped with modern facilities including water and electricity. Garbage collection is performed regularly. The new Paofai Gardens, inaugurated in 2010 and located only 100 metres from the Yacht Quay, is a pleasant park where yacht crews can enjoy a peaceful walk.
The Port Autonome de Papeete has recently reopened its newly renovated dry docks which have a lifting capacity of 800 tons. A repair shipyard with a 300-ton Travelift operated by Technimarine is now also located in the Papeava area.
Once you leave Papeete, you are required to pay your fees directly at the harbor yacht office.
You also have to notify the port captain and Tahiti Crew 48h before your departure date, so we can organize your clearance for Tahiti.
For more information on the Papeete port: Click here
Located five miles West of Papeete harbor, Marina Taina offers a safe, quiet and pollution-free environment in a beautiful lagoon. The Marina is also very close to Tahiti international airport and Papeete city amenities and at walking distance from Carrefour shopping mall, with the largest supermarket in Tahiti.
Services include electricity (220 V/ 380 V – Three phases – 60 Hz. – 60 to 200 Amps), fresh water and mooring lines. A marine gas station (Fuel delivery on board by pipe), 2 restaurants, 2 diving clubs, a repair shop, boat maintenance specialists and two ship chandlers are located on the premises.
What’s more, TAHITI CREW is conveniently located at Marina Taina.
Office hours to receive sailors are from 9:00 am to 11:00 am everyday.
For important matters or emergency request, you can call us on 87 21 59 80 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
From April to September, the marina is very busy so please make sure to reserve your dock with us in advance.
For more information on the marina: Click here
VAIARE MARINA IN MOOREA
The marina of Vaiare in Moorea can accommodate 120 sailboats or motoryachts. It is mainly inhabited by permanent residents, and can accommodate 5 to 10 boats passing through Moorea. The marina provides security service 24/7. On-site services include water, restrooms and showers, electricity, and garbage collection. Many shops are located nearby.
SENDING BOAT PARTS AND OTHER PARCELS
Spare parts and equipment required to repair a vessel under the temporary admission status (“admission temporaire”), may be imported and cleared through customs without paying customs fees.
However, since mid-July 2013, these goods have had to be declared for export when you check out of French Polynesia.
Yachts owners/skippers can import/export goods by themselves, however there is a lot of paperwork involved and the process can be “tricky”. Assistance from a yacht agent can be very helpful (it also includes extra services like collecting the shipment at the port/airport and arranging final delivery to the yacht).
Fees involved for bringing in spare parts are those charged by the customs broker (for the 2 Customs declarations / paperwork for “temporary admission” and then “final exportation) and NOT for Customs duties. These fees depend on the shipment’s CIF value (goods value + insurance+ freight). On average, fees invoiced by the customs broker for each declaration range between 10,000 and 40,000 XPF (Pacific Francs) depending on the CIF value (1 Euro = 119.33 XPF, 1 USD is currently approx. 87 XPF).
Note that all other goods that are imported but not for repairs (for example TV, computer, crew clothing, etc.) must be cleared through Customs and DUTIES must be paid.
Even if you have a yacht in transit, you need to pay the service of the custom broker who is going to charge an entry custom fee and an exit custom fee.
While a boat parts arrive in FP, it goes to the custom office, then the broker organize the papers for yacht in transit, then the agent coordinate with the broker (the timing of delivery and their fees) then the client can pick up the boat part with the agent.
Yachts in transit is only applicable for boat parts, not for personal items. If you are buying for example a new computer or camera from overseas, you will have to pay taxes which in most case is 30% of the value of the good+mailing fees.
To be able to have your boat part in yacht in transit, you need to return to the custom the old part or replacement part, otherwise you will have to pay the taxes.
Also when you leave French Polynesia, you need to send us (the agent) a copy of your clearance.
EXPERIENCING FRENCH POLYNESIA
To have a closer and interactive experience of French Polynesia, Tahiti Crew will launch a Facebook group Yachty Event Tahiti https://www.facebook.com/groups/intahiti/
so that cruisers can be informed about the events happening locally, good addresses and even share their own experiences with other cruisers.
Cruisers also have the possibility to use the concierge services if they want to plan their itineraries better.
Finally, don’t miss out on the Tahiti Sailing Rendez-vous happening on the 24th of June 2016, the annual three-day event that aims to give a warm Polynesian welcome to cruising sailors while celebrating their successful ocean crossing. http://tahiti-moorea-sailing-rdv.com/