Fast Facts: Tahiti

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel. Airlines and cruises may deny boarding and your tour may be disrupted if your visa is not in order.

For U.S. citizens booked on a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms after you book.

If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

In French Indonesia, daily temperatures run in the 70's and 80's almost all-year-round. December-February is the hottest, most humid and rainiest time. The months of May-November tend to have the lowest rainfall and are around 10 degrees cooler.

What is required for entry?

U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport, proof of onward passage and sufficient funds.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

Mosquitoes are plentiful in French Polynesia but they do not carry malaria. Take along insect repellant to protect against dengue fever. Vaccinations against hepatitis are recommended, and a vaccination against rabies is also recommended.

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What is the currency?

Tahiti's currency is the pacific franc. Click here for updated currency information on the franc.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Tipping goes against the Polynesian notion of hospitality, but as tourism grows, tipping is becoming more and more accepted, although not expected. It is recommended that you take along little things such as T-shirts or caps to thank those who have assisted you.

What are the best items to shop for?

Shop for handmade crafts such as pandanus baskets, tapa-cloth decorations, tiki statues, ukelales, and hand-painted pareus (a fabric wrap worn as a skirt), and soaps and lotions made from monoi coconut oil. If you know a lot about judging the quality of pearls, you'll have fun in French Polynesia (the inexperienced may get ripped off). Polynesia is also famous for its tattoos!

What are the voltage requirements?

110/220 volts. Plugs A, B & E. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit, although in some cases, you may not need it. Click here for more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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