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French Polynesia

French Polynesia: At a glance

Capital: Pape'ete

Population: 283,007

Official language: French

Time zone: Tahiti Time

Emergency #: 18

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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French Polynesia: Travel Health Information

The islands of French Polynesia are known for their beaches and lagoons – offering the perfect setting to snorkel or dive amongst sharks and stingrays, or swim with white whales.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in French Polynesia may differ from your home country. French Polynesia has a publicly funded healthcare system with a few private providers. The quality of healthcare services on Tahiti and other main islands is generally very high. However, medical care throughout the rest of the country does not meet international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in French Polynesia typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to New Zealand may be required for complex emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in French Polynesia.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are available on Tahiti and other main islands but access may be limited on less populated islands. Some medicines may not be available in French Polynesia, so you should bring an adequate supply of essential medicine for your trip. Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained from a local doctor.

If you are travelling with medication, check with French Polynesia’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review French Polynesia's regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in urban areas are generally well maintained but on less populated islands, roads may be unpaved and poorly maintained. Drivers and passengers in vehicles must wear a seat belt at all times.



French Polynesia: At a glance

Capital: Pape'ete

Population: 283,007

Official language: French

Time zone: Tahiti Time

Emergency #: 18

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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