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Entry and stay conditions

In Papeete, on July 31st 2021

Our cruises have resumed their normal operations since August 2020 with all the necessary safety measures before boarding:

Access to French Polynesia

Procedure from July 31st 2021:

To follow the evolution of the conditions of entry and stay in French Polynesia, please consult the dedicated page on the website of Tahiti Tourist Board:

Access to the Aranui: Procedure before embarkment

For international passengers vaccinated or immunized arriving in French Polynesia 4 days or less :

  • Boarding condition : None
  • Antigen test before arrival to the first port of call in the Marquesas Islands 

Note : Subject to compliance with the entry measures for arrival in French Polynesia

For international passengers vaccinated or immunized arriving in French Polynesia 4 days or more:

  • Boarding condition : RT-PCR COVID test on D-2 from vessel departure 
  • Antigen test before arrival to the first port of call in the Marquesas island

Note : Subject to compliance with the entry measures for arrival in French Polynesia 

During the cruise: Preservation of a sanitary bubble onboard

The Aranui has put in place a set of sanitary measures on board to ensure the safety of its passengers, crew and the people we visit.


1- The ship is a confined space par excellence: ship’s interior volumes generally do not provide minimum physical distance of 1 to 2 metres.

2- The destination does not allow you to reach a state-of-the-art hospital in less than 48 hours.

These two statements do not authorize any risk-taking to convey nor spread COVID-19 or any other epidemic virus during the cruise.

These rules will seem binding at first glance, they require a good dose of self-discipline, but respected by all, they can guarantee you a beautiful cruise that is not likely to be interrupted or even cancelled by the country’s health authorities.

1- Physical distance: minimum 1 metre (except within a homogeneous group)

2- Wearing the mask: by ALL (except within a homogeneous group) as long as the distance of 1m cannot be respected:
– By the crew members in direct contact with the passengers: restaurant waiters, waiters, housekeepers, receptionists, shopkeepers, masseuse, tattoo artist, guides, ship’s tender crew members, doctor, nurse, etc.
– During your travels in all the interior spaces of the ship,
– During the lectures given on board,
– During the gatherings on board (including Abandon Ship drill),
– During the gatherings ashore,
– On board the ship’s tenders,
– In taxis and public transport,
– In shops and craft centres, etc.

3- Members of a homogeneous group: members of the same family, cabin partners, and people usually living together: gather without any special measures.

4- People outside the homogeneous group: respect physical distance if possible, otherwise wear a mask.

5- Hand washing/disinfection: As often as possible, in hot water and soap, or in hydro-alcoholic gel friction:
– before touching objects and surfaces that others are likely to touch,
– after touching objects or surfaces that others may have touched,
– before entering the bar, restaurant, conference room, leaving the bar, restaurant, conference rooms,
– etc.

6- Restaurant and bars:
– Members of homogeneous groups will be brought together without any special measures, the others will be spaced at least 1m apart,
– Self-service buffets are suspended,
– Water fountains are not in service , water bottles are available in the cabin and can be refilled during meals by restaurant staff.

7- Outings ashore: In addition to dressing in light clothing that dries quickly, wearing enclosed and comfortable shoes and a headgear, and bringing sunscreen and mosquito repellent, you are urged to bring MASKS and flasks of HYDRO-ALCOHOLIC GEL for your outings ashore.


– A minimum of 3 alternative (fabric) masks per person: you will then have the opportunity to wash/dry them every evening in the cabin,
– Several flasks of hydro-alcoholic gel per person.

Letter from the President General Director

In Papeete, on September 18th 2020,

Over the last seven decades the company has been supplying islanders of French Polynesia, we never had to face such an insidious, powerful and combative opponent as the one hiding under its stage name COVID-19, which forced to several months interruption of cruise activity.

Despite the pandemic, the historical link with our islands populations was maintained by pursuing the supply-chain on a monthly service, while upgrading company’s health protocols, and keeping crew and islanders COVID free.

Lately enhanced and approved by the State Sanitary Authorities as efficiently protective of both islanders and guests, the New Health Protocols now allow ARANUI CRUISES to count among the very first companies worldwide to resume cruises, and offer a reduced number of guests to participate in supporting our secluded islands economy while being widespread in the Polynesian culture.

Seven (7) layers Enhanced Health Protocols applied to an initially COVID-free environment:

1- Every passenger joining the ship will be vaccinated or immunized against Covid-19 (see conditions above, updated on June 4th 2021). 

2- When boarding, every passenger and crew will also undergo an enhanced pre-embarkation screening ensuring they are showing no symptoms of any infectious disease. All luggage and technical equipment as well as provision packaging to be processed through a virucidal and bacterial non-toxic fogging disinfection before reaching public spaces on board.

3- Protective measures implemented on board throughout the cruise, and encouraged ashore, such as, but not limited to, physical distancing, full service buffets and beverage stations, tables and seats spacing, twice a day cleaning/disinfection of staterooms, continuous disinfection of public areas, lifts and other high-traffic touch points, as well as wearing of protective masks for crew and guests whenever physical distancing cannot be performed (landing crafts/taxis/arts and crafts displays/shops/boutique/spa, to name a few).

4- Daily touchless temperature checks and general health monitoring performed by our on board Medical Team for all guests and crew before stepping ashore to visit the islands.

5- Virological tests and immediate quarantine into dedicated staterooms for a patient our on board Medical Team may consider as potential carrier of an infectious disease.

6- Full cooperation of the highly efficient SAMU 987 (National Medical Response and Paramadics) in assisting our on board Medical team in case a Medivac and Central Hospital care is required during the cruise.

7- Monitoring of guests’ general health status by our on shore Medical Services up to seven days after cruise disembarkation.

Beyond the constraints urged by such rigorous protocols, all guests can rest assured our crew members will perform in keeping up throughout their cruise, not only the safest possible environment, but also the friendly and family-like atmosphere for which ARANUI CRUISES has been voted for over decades.

Philippe WONG

President General Manager