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Aranui's Covid testing requirements

In Papeete, on November 10th 2021

Dear Guests and Partners,

To travel to French Polynesia, we invite you to check the entry conditions on the website of the tourism board.

The Aranui cruises has resumed its sailings as of October 2021. As a condition, the authorities of the French and of the local Government have imposed the following Covid testing as part of our heath protocol. To ensure the safety of all passengers as well as the inhabitants of the archipelagoes we visit, Covid testing will be carried out as follow:

For all vaccinated passengers arriving in French Polynesia for 4 days or less before departure:

No test is required before boarding. We will simply ask you for a sworn statement confirming:

  • You have successfully completed your self-test at the Tahiti-Faa’a airport
  • This self-test has been submitted to the Institut Louis Malarde (ILM)
  • You were not contacted by the Institute following the submission of your self-test
  • You undertake to notify the Aranui reservation service in the event of a positive result to this self- test
  • You are not aware having been in contact with a confirmed active COVID 19 case within the last 14 days

Please provide a copy of your ETIS receipt so that we can verify your status.

For all vaccinated passengers arriving in French Polynesia for more than 4 days before departure:

  • Mandatory RT-PCR test carried out by Aranui Cruises’ medical team within 48 hours before boarding. The company’s COVID test facility is located at the Aranui Cruises main office in Motu Uta.

  • The cost of the test(s) will be charged to the guest’s onboard account, to be settled at the end of the cruise, as follows: 100.00 € per test (USD 120.00 $ per test)

We remain at our disposal if you need more information, please contact us by email at or call us at +689. We thank you for your understanding and participation.

The Aranui Team

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Sanitary bubble on-board

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.