French Polynesia Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats including service and emotional support animals. Owners of other pets should refer to item 12.
Your dog or cat must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner. Your pet's microchip number must be present on all documentation.
Tattoos are another form of identification.
Unless your pet has lived in a country which is rabies free during the six months preceding departure (rabies free countries: Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna), it must have proof of a current rabies vaccination after microchip implantation. The vaccination must be administered after 3 months of age and more than 6 months before entering the country. Note that puppies and kittens younger than 3 months of age cannot be vaccinated for rabies.
Dogs who have lived in a country considered to be infected with leishmaniasis within 6 months of entering French Polynesia must show negative in a screening test within 30 days of entry whether or not they are vaccinated against the disease.
Other required vaccinations include Paraovirus, Canine Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis and Leptospirosis. (dogs)
Feline Panieucopenia, Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis vaccinations (cats)
Internal and External Parasites
Before your dog or cat can enter French Polynesia, it must be treated against both internal and external parasites using standard procedures twice within 30 days of entry. The second treatment must be administered at least 14 days apart from the first treatment and within 4 days of transport.
Rabies Titer Test
Unless your dog or cat is entering French Polynesia after being born in or resided in a country classified as rabies-free (Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna), your dog or cat must have a rabies titer test processed by a laboratory approved by the World Organization of Animal Health not sooner than 30 days after the primary (first) rabies vaccination and between 3 and 12 months of entry. If your pet is currently vaccinated, the titer test can be administered right after a booster shot.
A licensed veterinarian must complete a French Polynesia Veterinary Certificate within 4 days of entry. On the certificate, your vet should state that your pet dog or cat has had an inspection for parasites, indicating that it has no contagious diseases and is fit to travel.
You must file an import permit to the Biosafety Department of the Ministry of Agriculture. If your dog or cat is transiting through a country that requires it, a quarantine reservation must be provided. All vaccinations and tests must be provided at the time of application.
Your pet must have a certificate from quarantine station that the booking is effective and respects the 3 months delay after rabies and rabies titer test.
Entering French Polynesia by Air or Sea
Dogs and cats entering French Polynesia by air must do so at Fa'a'ã International Airport in Tahiti. Notification must be provided.
Your pet's crate must be sealed by government officials in the originating country. The number must be reflected on the health certificate. Dogs and cats must not transit through a country that is not considered rabies-free.
Any dogs or cats entering French Polynesia by pleasure boat must have preapproval from the Biosafety Department of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies must be a minimum of 10 months of age to complete the process to enter French Polynesia. All rules above will apply
The following dog breeds must have a pedigree issued by an organization recognized by the International Federation of Cynologists (FCI) to enter French Polynesia: American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Broholmer, German mastiff, Majorca mastiff, Bordeaux mastiff, Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Mastiff, Neapolitan mastiff, Italian cane corso and Tosa
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but will have to meet other requirements and should have an import permit and health certificate to enter French Polynesia. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations.
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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