Travel Vaccines and Advice for Bora Bora
Bora Bora is an island group in the western part of the Society of Islands of French Polynesia. It is an overseas collectivity of France. The island is surrounded by a lagoon and barrier reef. It is an incredibly popular tourist destination.
You can expect luxurious hotels, beautiful bungalows, and locals accustomed to tourists. Snorkeling and diving in the lagoon are two of the most common pastime. There are also cannons from World War II for history-buffs to explore.
Those looking to enjoy some sun and explore the sea will find Bora Bora the perfect place to visit.
Do I Need Vaccines for Bora Bora?
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Bora Bora. The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Bora Bora: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies and tetanus.
See the bullets below to learn more about some of these key immunisations:
- Hepatitis A –
Food & Water –
Recommended for most travellers to the region, especially if unvaccinated.
- Hepatitis B –
Blood & Body Fluids –
Accelerated schedule available
- Tetanus –
Wounds or Breaks in Skin –
Recommended for travelers to most regions, especially if not previously vaccinated.
- Typhoid –
Food & Water –
Jab lasts 3 years. Oral vaccine lasts 5 years, must be able to swallow pills. Oral doses must be kept in refrigerator.
- Yellow Fever –
Required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
- Rabies –
Saliva of Infected Animals –
Vaccine recommended for long-stay travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.
See the tables below for more information:
Recommended Travel Vaccinations for Bora Bora
|VACCINE||HOW DISEASE SPREADS||DETAILS|
|Hepatitis A||Food & Water||Recommended for most travellers to the region, especially if unvaccinated.|
|Hepatitis B||Blood & Body Fluids||Accelerated schedule available|
|Tetanus||Wounds or Breaks in Skin||Recommended for travelers to most regions, especially if not previously vaccinated.|
|Typhoid||Food & Water||Jab lasts 3 years. Oral vaccine lasts 5 years, must be able to swallow pills. Oral doses must be kept in refrigerator.|
|Yellow Fever||Mosquito||Required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.|
|Rabies||Saliva of Infected Animals||Vaccine recommended for long-stay travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.|
Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection found in Bora Bora. Be sure to bring mosquito repellent. Mosquito nets are also a good idea, especially if you’re in a more rural area.
Do I Need a Visa for Bora Bora?
A visa is not needed for stays in French Polynesia under 90 days. Passports must be valid for the duration of a traveller’s stay.
Bora Bora Entry Requirements
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What is the Climate Like in Bora Bora?
Bora Bora has a tropical climate, with consistent temperatures throughout the year. The daytime highs are in the high-20’s. Evening lows are in the low-20’s.
Bora Bora receives a good amount of rain, with the most occurring during Junuary. Cyclones are rare in Bora Bora. But, storms caused by tropical depressions can occur in February and March.
How Safe is Bora Bora?
Crime levels in Bora Bora are relatively low. Petty crime, such as pick-pocketing or bag-snatching, can occur. Travellers should avoid carrying unnecessary valuables with them.
Travellers should be aware of their surroundings at all times. Avoid walking alone at night when possible. Travellers should have the number of the local constable and embassy to ring in case of emergency.
Shark and Stingray Feeding
Go on a Lagoon Cruise excursion and enjoy the warm weather on the blue seas off of Bora Bora. Your guides will guide you into shallow water near the boat when you see the tips of grey fins peeking out of the water.
The Black Tip Reef sharks are about 1.5 meters long and will eat the food your guides provide. The food will also attract stingrays, which are said to behave like cats. If you’re careful you can pet them and the stingrays. They love it! Colorful fish are also likely to be drawn out by the food.
Many cruises will also provide you with snorkeling gear. You can see the fish swimming around and colorful coral. Ask your guide to provide you with fish food so that the you can get up close to them.
What Should I Take to Bora Bora?
Popular for so many types of travel, Bora Bora is a must visit destination. Ensure you bring these key items with you on your trip:
- Light Clothing – It can get very hot and humid in Bora Bora. You will be most comfortable in light, flowy clothing.
- Sun Cream – Lounging on the seaside or exploring the outdoors is a must in Bora Bora. Ensure to lather up in sun cream first to preventing burning.
- Swimsuit – Bora Bora has plenty of seasides and pools so bring a swimsuit to enjoy the water.
British Embassy to Bora Bora
If you are in Bora Bora and have an emergency (for example, been attacked, arrested or someone has died) contact the nearest consular services. Contact the embassy before arrival if you have additional questions on entry requirements, safety concerns or are in need of assistance.
While there is no consulate or embassy in Bora Bora, it is served by the British embassy in Paris:
British Embassy Paris
35, rue du Faubourg St Honoré
Paris Cedex 08
Telephone: +33 (0) 1 44 51 31 00
Emergency Phone: +33 (0)1 44 51 31 00
Fax: +33 (0) 1 44 51 31 09
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