Don’t be fooled by the word “French.” Unlike France, French Polynesia Pet Entry Regulations do not make it easy for travelers to bring their four-legged companions.
The cat or dog must have resided in one of the following countries for a period of six months prior to beginning the quarantine period. Aruba, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei, Canada, Cape Discovery, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Spain, Arab Emirates, United States, France, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Isle Mauritius, Malaysia, Pays-Bs, Portugal, Qatar, Shaba, Sarawak, The Seychelles, Switzerland, Taiwan, Virgin Islands.
Dogs and Cats may not enter Tahiti without an Import Permit which is issued after meeting the following conditions.
REQUIREMENTS FOR AN IMPORT PERMIT
In order to obtain the authorization to enter Tahiti, the owner of the animal must supply:
- The number of cats or dogs
- The breed
- The country of origin
- The microchip number – the microchip must meet ISO standard 11784 which is a 15 digit non-encrypted pet microchip.
- Certificates of vaccination against rabies with ID number.
- Certificate by a licensed veterinarian that the dog or cat stayed more than 6 months prior to quarantine in a country listed below.
- Rabies Vaccination Certificate
- Certificate from quarantine station that the booking is effective and respects the 3 months delay after rabies and Blood Titer Test.
Your pet must be shipped directly to Tahiti in an IATA compliant container. The animal may not transit a non-rabies free country. The animal is accompanied by the official French Polynesian Authorization and the government endorsed (USDA if traveling from the United States and CFIA if traveling from Canada) Health Certificate for Tahiti and the rabies vaccination certificate.
QUARANTINE – There are no quarantine facilities in Tahiti.
The following countries are approved for quarantine.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet may be refused entry and the relevant authority in consultation with an authorized veterinarian can decide to return the pet home, or place the pet in quarantine at the expense of the owner or natural person responsible for pet, or as a last resort, without financial compensation, put the pet down where the return trip home or quarantine cannot be arranged.
All other pets (birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits) are not subject to the regulations in respect of the anti-rabies vaccination but may have to meet other requirements as to a limit on the number of animals and a certificate to accompany them in respect of other diseases. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
All countries have a unique veterinary certificates. This form differs from the International Veterinary Certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001)
Tahiti does require an ISO pet microchip.