The ships’ main port of entry is the island of Tahiti. It is possible to arrange clearance in some of the islands of the other archipelagos (upon prior request and subject to the acceptance of Immigration and Customs).
On arrival, yachts are imported duty free for a period of 36 months. Duty free fuel is available with the assistance of a yacht agent. Spare parts for yachts in transit can be imported duty free.
EU citizens are allowed in French Polynesia without time restriction. Tourist visas allow stays of a maximum of 3 months.
Non-EU citizens needing to stay over a period of 3 months must obtain a long stay visa from the French Embassy or Consulate of their country of origin before their entry in French Polynesia. Non-EU citizens must hold a bond letter from a registered agent or an outbound air ticket to board any plane bound for Tahiti.
A visa of 15 days maximum can be obtained on arrival by sea for exceptional reasons.
There is no compulsory vaccination for French Polynesia and no endemic diseases. Importation of live animals is prohibited (ie birds...) but transit of dogs, cats or rabbits can be allowed after declaration and proper quarantine procedures. Animal products (meat, skins...) must not be landed ashore.
Chartering is legal in French Polynesia. The vessel must have a value over €838.000 and apply charter rates over €1,675 per day. The yacht must count at least 3 professional full-time crew members and be allowed to charter under their flag regulation.
There is no registration fee and it is granted for six months, renewable. Processing time is between 5 to 6 weeks. The charter tax applied is 5% on the gross charter fees. The local yacht agents usually submit the application prior to the vessel’s arrival.
The following refit infrastructures are available:
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All are located in Papeete, the capital city, on the main island of Tahiti.
There are ongoing development projects with the Port Authority to increase the refit capacity for superyachts in the future.
Marina Taina can host 20 yachts of up to 60 meters. It is located 10 minutes from the international airport and 20 minutes from downtown Papeete.
Downtown Papeete has a dedicated area for superyachts.
Both places have a video surveillance system and security guards and provide the usual marina services.
No navigation permit is required in French Polynesia. Most islands of the same archipelago are within a few hours reach. Outside of Tahiti, anchorage is recommended in the sheltered bays in the lagoons or in the atolls’ lagoon.
Main provisioning is in Tahiti with excellent local or imported quality products. Provisioning can also be air freighted via the local domestic airline to most of the islands around French Polynesia.
For more details, please contact your local yacht agent.