French Polynesia is a territory free from rabies, leishmaniasis as well as many diseases transmitted by ticks and fleas and wishes to maintain this favorable health status.
It is necessary to inquire about the import conditions before the planned import date, and in pârticular 7 months before departure in case of animals non update of their antirabies vaccine.
To be authorized to be transported by plane to French Polynesia, the animal must be accompanied by:
– an import permit issued by the Biosafety Department of French Polynesia (DBS);
– a health certificate signed by an official veterinarian of the exporter country (previously negociated, different for each country).
Inspection of the animal and documentary verification by the official veterinarian of the DBS upon arrival in Tahiti, will determine whether the animal is authorized to circulate in French Polynesia or not.
In the special case of arriving by yacht or sailboat, the conditions are the same but there is no need of official veterinary certificate from the exporter country or a previous import permit. Nevertheless, the owner need to declare his animals (see the « arrival by boat » part below)
1.ARRIVAL BY PLANE
Dogs and cats must travel by freight in French Polynesia.Exemptions for cabin travel may be granted by the Biosecurity Department only in the case of assistance dogs for disabled people or for transport by private aircraft.
Please note, certain dog breeds are considered to belong to category 1 according to Decree No. 1927 HC of 04/09/2009 (regulations specific to French Polynesia), and are therefore prohibited from importing into French Polynesia.
Please also note that certain breeds of “snub nose” dog may be refused carriage in the hold by airlines, and it is strongly advised to see the conditions of the latter before any importation.
||DOWNLOAD THE IMPORT PROTOCOL OF DOGS AND CATS IN FRENCH POLYNESIA
||COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE IMPORT PERMIT REQUEST FORM
||THE 2 INTERNAL (VERMIFUGE) AND EXTERNAL (ANTI-FLEA AND ANTI-TICKS) PEST TREATMENTS MUST BE CARRIED OUT BY THE VET IN THE MONTH PRIOR TO DEPARTURE (1st within 30 days and 2nd within 4 days before departure, with a minimum of 14 days between each ) MUST BE CARRIED OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
||DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE TO BE COMPLETED BY THE COMPETENT VETERINARY AUTHORITY OF THE EXPORTING COUNTRY WITHIN THE 4 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE
||DEEP INSPECTION OF THE ANIMAL BY A VETERINARY AT THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT AT THE TIME OF LOADING OR IN A QUARANTINE STATION IN THE PREVIOUS DAYS
||INSPECTION OF THE ANIMAL BY THE OFFICIAL VETERINARY OF THE BIOSECURITY DEPARTMENT ON ARRIVAL AT TAHITI AIRPORT
The disease status varies from one importing country to another.
So in order to obtain the protocol in accordance with the country of origin of the animal, please go to the relevant page:
o from France
o from New Caledonia
o from Canada
o from the USA
o from New Zealand
o from Australia
If the country of origin of the animal is not listed above, it means that there is no certificate negotiated between these 2 countries for the importation of dogs and cats, and we invite you to contact us by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In case of an arrival by private aircraft, the sanitary conditions remain the same.
2.ARRIVAL BY BOAT
All dogs and cats coming by boat from any country, must be declared by the owner, using the declaration form n ° 211A.
If the owner expects the animal to be allowed to disembark, he must complete the requirement listed on this same form n°211 A and provide all the documents listed in it.
All dogs or cats accompanying their owner aboard pleasure boats (sailboats, yacht, cruise ship) must respect the same sanitary conditions as an importation by plane, provided for in the regulation n ° 738 CM of 15 May 2013 as amended.
It is mandatory to declare the animals on board the vessel at the latest when entering French Polynesian waters, using the declaration form n ° 211A which must be returned completed and signed by e-mail to:
– email@example.com in the event of arrival in the Marquesas Islands at the first place
– firstname.lastname@example.org in case of arrival on the other archipelagos in the first place
Please note, certain dog breeds are considered to belong to category 1 according to Decree No. 1927 HC of 12/22/2009 (regulations specific to French Polynesia), and are therefore prohibited from importing into French Polynesia.
An inspection by the official veterinarian of the Biosecurity Department will be organized as soon as possible on board the boat at anchor or in a port on the Island of Tahiti.
This visit will lead to the issuance of:
– a strict lock down of the animal on board;
– an unboarding pass “laissez-passer”, authorizing the animal to disembark.
If the user is prevented from going to the island of Tahiti upon arrival, please contact the Biosecurity Department by phone: (+689) 40.540.100 or by e-mail: animal.impex@biosecurite. gov.pf as soon as possible.
Without a pass “laissez-passer” delivered by the direction of biosecurity, the animal is obligatorily maintained by the boat.
It can not disembark under any circumstances, including for medical reasons.
Any offender exposes itself to a fine of 450 000 FPC pursuant to Article LP 58 of the Country Act No. 2013-12 of 6 May 2013.
According to Order No. 738 cm of May 15, 2013 laying down the zoosanitary conditions applicable during the introduction and importation of dogs and cats, animals are heard by the disability assistance dogs with disabilities.
For information, a certified disabled assistance dog is defined as a dog that has been trained by a Dog Country (s) trading institution and who has a certification in force. Only requests including a medical certificate or other official document attesting to the owner’s disability and a certificate attesting the quality of the assistance dog issued by a dressed institution approved by the Dogworthy Country of Provenance are admissible. title.
The term certified assistance dog does not include emotional assistance dogs, therapy dogs, comfort dogs and psychiatric assistance dogs (or dogs of the same description), which are not assimilated to ASSISTANCE (DOGS Service). The recording of an animal on an ESA certificate only is therefore not suitable for receiving an import permit and are entitled to exemptions granted to certified disabled assistance dogs.
Any request must be accompanied by the following documents:
– a medical certificate or other official document attesting the owner’s disability;
– a certificate attesting to the quality of the assistance dog issued by a dressage establishment approved by the country of origin of the dog.
Dogs of assistance to persons with disabilities are allowed to transit in the international airport rooms specifically reserved for this purpose. They are not subject to the obligation to be exclusively transported as freight manifested to any animal introduced or imported into French Polynesia.
Cats do not have to work derogation as such and must be exclusively transported as freight manifested.
COUNTRY LAW No.2013-12 of 06 May 2013 regulating, for protection purposes in matters of biosecurity, the introduction, import,
export and inter-island transport of living organisms and their by-products.
COUNTRY LAW APPENDIX to the Country Law No. 2013-12 regulating, for protection purposes in matters of biosecurity, the introduction, import, export and inter-island transport of living organisms and their by-products, published in the Official Journal of French Polynesia No. 16 NS of 06 May 2013. (https://www.service-public.pf/biosecurite/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/10/LP_201312_echanges_annexe_anglais.pdf)
Decree no. 738/CM of 15 May 2013 setting the animal health conditions for introduction and import of dogs and cats. (NOR: SDR1300891AC) modified by decree no. 899/CM of 1st July 2013 (NOR:SDR1301171AC)
Decree n°1927 HC du 22/12/2009 setting the list of dogs likely to be dangerous.