Travel Vaccines and Advice for Tahiti
Tahiti is home to two-thirds of the French Polynesian population as well as the capital of Papeete.
Tahiti became a French protectorate in 1842 and then a colony in 1880 when King Pomare V abdicated.
Residents are proud to continue their aita pea pea (not to worry) cultural philosophy. They also keep traditions like pareo garments, pahu drums and tattoo art.
Do I Need Vaccines for Tahiti?
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Tahiti. The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Tahiti: 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 Tahiti
|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 risk for travellers to Tahiti, Ensure you’re protected with mosquito repellenta and netting.
Traveller’s diarrhoea can happen anywhere. This one symptom can turn a honeymoon, leisurely holiday or business trip into a nightmare. Ensure to bring a traveller’s diarrhoea kit to prevent the illness and help with symptoms.
Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Tahiti?
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.
Tahiti Entry Requirements
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What is the Climate Like in Tahiti?
Tahiti has a tropical climate and experiences about 2,500 to 2,900 hours of sun each year. Due to wind cooling daytime temperatures are in the 20’s throughout the year.
The territory has two main seasons, the rainy season and the dry season.
The rainy season is from November to March. It is usually hotter than the dry season. The island Tahiti is muggier with more rainfall and potential for tropical storms. It is possible for cyclones to form during the humid season. But, this is rare.
The dry season is from April to October. It is a little bit cooler with July and August being the coolest due to the maraamu Southeast trade winds. The dry season is still sunny and pleasant but is cooler and a little less wet and muggy.
How Safe is Tahiti?
Tahiti is a very safe and pleasant travel destination. Remember, you must have ID with you at all times.
Crime is extremely unusual, on Tahiti. Take the usual precautions – don’t leave valuables unattended, for example. It is against the law to not help someone in danger unless doing so would involve danger to yourself.
There are some water creatures to watch out for. Sharks swim quite close to the shore. Attacks are very rare, but do occur. Moray eels can hide in corals and then bite and cause serious injury to swimmers. Coral is riveting but can be sharp and poisonous.
Tahiti does experience cyclones and tropical storms. These are most common during the cyclone season from November to April.
Visit Papeete – the Capital of French Polynesia
Papeete is the capital of both Tahiti and of French Polynesia. If you want to get a literal and figurative taste of Tahiti, Papeete is a magical place.
Visitors can enjoy shopping at the Marché de Papeete, which has beautiful cultural items. The include pareos and black pearls. Seafood can be found nearby sold by fishermen. Just a short walk away from the market is also the lovely Notre Dame Cathedral.
Another great choice to explore is the Municipal Market. It offers a wide range of goods including fresh foods and souvenirs.
If food is more what you’re looking for, consider the roulottes that Papeete has to offer. These food trucks offer a wide range of cuisines including Chinese and Italian.
What Should I Pack for Tahiti?
Think ahead on what to pack by perusing these suggestions:
- Insect Repellant – Mosquito-borne infections are present on Tahiti. Ensure you bring repellent with you on your trip.
- Secure Bag – While crime is rare, Tahiti does require you have your passport with you. Ensure you keep it in a secure bag so it is not lost or stolen.
Embassy of the United Kingdom in Tahiti
If you are in Tahiti 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 Tahiti, 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
Contact Form: Click Here
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