Exciting news from the South Pacific – the President of French Polynesia, Mr. Edouard Fritch has announced that French Polynesia will reopen to travellers from May 1st. With Covid-19 largely under control and vaccines rolling out across the world, the island nation – whose economy relies heavily upon tourism – is sure to welcome this step. Regarding entry conditions, Mr. Fritch says, “We are going to put in place a protocol at the entry of our borders using virological testing, serological testing, vaccine and ETIS (Electronic Travel Information System).” Further details are due within the next few days.
French Polynesia has also earned the international certification ‘SafeTravels by WTTC.’ The ‘SafeTravels’ stamp was devised by the World Travel & Tourism Council as a means to create a global, common standard, to give confidence to travellers in the wake of Covid-19. The ‘SafeTravels’ stamp is given to countries that have implemented health and hygiene protocols that align with WTTC’s Global Safe Travels Protocols, which take into account the current guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of the stamp is help to rebuild confidence among travellers, and within the sector generally, so that safe travel can assuredly resume once restrictions are eased.
For those considering a long over-due luxury charter holiday once restrictions have eased, French Polynesia is well worth considering. Located in the South Pacific and formed from a collection of over 100 islands, this tropical paradise boasts incredible sights including volcanic archipelagos, coral reefs, and of course, crystal clear water with white sand beaches. Find out more about French Polynesia here.