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French Polynesia, Tahiti: Clearance in and out

By Sue Richards last modified Aug 31, 2012 08:53 PM

Published: 2012-08-31 20:53:50
Countries: French Polynesia

We found the current info. re. clearing in/out of French Polynesia a bit daunting. We are EC citizens so don't do bonds. Not the same for all. Nonetheless, life for us seemed a bit less complicated than the guidance on Noonsite suggests.

Having contacted the Port Authorities to get clearance to go past the airport in Tahiti - not a problem - we encountered no difficulties whatsoever.

We had cleared into FP in Hiva Oa at the gendarmerie (open for such purposes mornings only on working days until around 1100). There were no issues and we were told that all we had to do was book out at the gendarmerie in Bora Bora when we left FP heading west for Tonga or whatever.

The only rider was the need to go to customs in Motu Uta in Tahiti (a taxi ride or a long walk from the town marina) to get our fuel duty exemption form (which you can use as many times as you like in FP and reduced cost of diesel from around $1.60 a litre to around $1.00 a litre). That office is open from 0830 to 1130 Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We did no other business with anyone official until we went into the gendarmerie in Bora Bora to check out of FP this week. That was dead easy.

When buying duty free fuel in FP, take along a photocopy of your check-in or check-out form, your fuel duty exemption form and your boat registration. Expect to leave them behind.

Jon Dutton
S/V Arnamentia