Updated: The Tahitian islands are reopening to U.S. travelers, with new rules

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Bora Bora [Credit: Maridav/Shutterstock.com]
Bora Bora, one of the islands in the Society Islands chain. Photo Credit: Maridav/Shutterstock.com

The Islands of Tahiti are reopening their borders on May 1 to U.S. travelers and will waive quarantine requirements for travelers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 or show proof of recent recovery.

But all travelers will still have to provide proof of a negative Covid test taken within three days of departing for Tahiti and take another test on arrival, according to new rules posted on the Tahiti Tourisme website Thursday.

Travelers without proof of a vaccine or antibodies will have to quarantine for 10 days on arrival. Children under six are exempt from the quarantine, but those between the ages of six and 16, who aren't eligible for vaccines, and their families will have to quarantine.

Tourism from the U.S. to the islands, formally known as the Society Islands, has been shuttered since February, when the French government closed its borders of overseas territories to fears of Covid spread. In the Caribbean, St. Barts has been working towards a reopening plan.

Travelers to the Tahitian islands from France and other countries must have proof of a compelling work, family or health reason to visit the islands and will have to follow the same vaccination, testing and quarantine rules as travelers from the U.S.

Updated: This report was updated with new information about quarantines for travelers under 16.

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