Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to French Polynesia
Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 48 Antigen (quick-test) hours before departing to French Polynesia.
Travel Registration Form
Travelers including citizens and residents arriving by air are required to register on the Polynesian Electronic Travel Information System (ETIS) no later than 6 days prior to travel and confirmation must be presented at check-in. Minors traveling with their parents can be included in their ETIS form. Travelers aged 11 years and over accompanying a vaccinated adult are exempt from declaring an overriding reason.
Masks: Required on public transportation.
Current regulations for vaccinated travelers to French Polynesia: most visitors from South Africa may enter French Polynesia but may still need to provide proof of negative COVID test.
Most visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter French Polynesia. Travelers who are fully vaccinated and travelers with compelling reasons are exempted from this restriction.
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Visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 10 days upon entering French Polynesia.
An average direct flight from South Africa to French Polynesia takes 58h 50m, covering a distance of 15152 km. The most popular route is Johannesburg - Papeete with an average flight time of 58h 50m.
The cheapest ticket to French Polynesia from South Africa found in the last 72 hours was R165 672. The most popular route is Johannesburg OR Tambo to Papeete Faaa and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was R165 672.
Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Papeete (100% of total searches to French Polynesia).
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Cons: "Video entertainment did not work properly. Stewardess reset it but audio was totally garbled. I tried it with three different sets of earphones."
Cons: "Only one mini bag of prezels for a 4 hrs flight. Only 5 movies to watch. Terrible experience!"
Cons: "Second 2-hour delay in a row with United. Mechanical failures to blame in both cases."
Cons: "outlets for each seat, more space, timely manner,"
Cons: "the plane's seating"
Pros: "gate agent helped to get me on a flight at LAX just made it an extra 10 hours"
Cons: "not cancel my flight"
Pros: "With the amount of bad press that United has, I did not expect much. However, flight was on time, everybody was polite, movie selection was excellent (several classics, box office hits, comedies etc, they even appropriately put "Die hard" under Winter Wonderland), food was good and salted caramel ice cream for dessert was a very nice touch."
Cons: "Tiny seats. My God, would it hurt to have TWO arm rests? I ended up sitting for 8h crooked to the right, just to avoid touching the guy beside me."
Cons: "We arrived to one terminal and no one says that the next flight was in tom bradley terminal. After asking on the way, I realized that had to walk more than 35 minutes. No transfer service, no info, nothing. Finally after reach tom bradley terminal, the ANA staff said that they was very delayed and wanted to change my flight."
Pros: "Not a thing! Except that the flight landed."
Cons: "Hated the entire flight. It left late. They lost my luggage. The flight was overcrowded. The crew was rude. I didn’t get my correct aisle seat assignment as requested. I’m all and have long legs. United is the WORST airline to fly. I have had previous bad experiences with United, but this was the worst. I will not fly United EVER again if I can help it."
Pros: "I haven’t flown international in a while and things seemed to have improved quite a bit in all the above categories."
Cons: "The seats back was designed too soft, so every time I grabbed my laptop which I stored in the pocket in front of me, the person seating in front thought I was kicking/kneeing her. I also experienced the discomfort from someone getting an item from the seat pocket behind me. Not great for long flights when trying to sleep!"
Pros: "Roomy seat and quality entertainment"
Cons: "Not much - food wasn't from Ritz Carlton"
Pros: "on time"
Pros: "On time , and good service"
Pros: "Boarding was really easy"
Cons: "Not only you have to pay for checking one bag, not only you have to pay for a poor meal, you also have to bring your own device to watch a movie!"
Pros: "Friendly staff"
Cons: "I wasn't allowed to have carry on luggage"
Pros: "Flight was smooth and comfortable. Flight attendants were kind and courteous."
Cons: "The speaker system was a little loud when announcements were made."
Cons: "Delays. Miscommunication."
Pros: "Mediocre. The attendant was lovely."
Cons: "I hate being charged for one bag. It should be included. I'm glad I wasn't bumped off and dragged off the plane bloodied, it was a concern. Especially because I'm an Asian person."
Cons: "Worst airline meal ever - ok chicken with plain grits and bitter green vegetable (kale?) and a tough dry roll"
Pros: "Crew was fine"
Cons: "We weren't offered snacks. Plane was very hot. Seats uncomfortable"
Cons: "Delayed getting on our way I think because they were late getting in and had to do all the plane checking. Captain said safety checks. Seat space felt tight and I am short."
Pros: "Info for connecting flight."
Cons: "united seats are way too small."
Pros: "Boarding was quick and efficient."
Cons: "It seemed that there was a lack of preparedness before taking off from each stop."
Pros: "Cute nice attendant."
Cons: "Pretty sad their old planes are way more comfortable than their new ones. Overall flights to get home were much better than flights out of town. Overall though, hoping to never fly United again."
Cons: "The default on the browser defaulted to April 9 when I was actually booking the ticket for April 2. So I had to forfeit the $317 ticket. I use kayak a lot - can anything be down ?"
Pros: "Direct flight to O'Hare. On-time departure and arrival. Clean, efficient"
Cons: "No extra creature comforts."
Pros: "Warm and friendly flight crew"
Cons: "Flight delayed for over 3 hours"
Cons: "Flight was delayed for 4 hours due to airplane maintenance"
Pros: "Flight was cancelled twice. United lied about luggage. Had to purchase toiletries and hotel room."
Pros: "Bad day, splurged after other flt cancelled and separated from family, attentive staff, nice ride"
Cons: "Clunky electronic access"
Pros: "Standard 2 hour flight. Efficient with no frills."
Cons: "Standard 2 hour flight. Efficient with no frills."
Pros: "Never took it"
Cons: "Never took this flight"
Cons: "Cost too much."
Cons: "The flight was delayed for 30 minutes because they couldn't find the flight attendant. The seats were extremely close to each other. And I'm not a very tall and my knees were touching the front of the dead."
Pros: "They were prompt and polite"
Pros: "Crew handled situation in a professional way"
Cons: "No seat assignments- zoo at the boarding gate- traveling with kids in separate seats- flight delayed- 2 :30 hours boarded waiting for departure with limited cooling system- no individual entertainment system- arrival at 11 pm?- a nightmare!"
Cons: "The food was poor and we were late to leave, causing me to miss my bus when we arrived. Also, no movies for a 9 hour flight? That was awful. In-flight entertainment should have been provided, especially when the flight was during the day."
Pros: "We drove into the airport and parked. Checked in. Went through security. All in 15 minutes."
Cons: "There was nothing that I did not like."
Cons: "The plane was so damn HOT inside. Then we sat on the tarmac for 40mins, while being cramped inside with no word from the flight crew, on why we were not taking off. Worst and most uncomfortable flight in years for me and the rest of us suffering passengers on board.... Horrible Horrible Flight"
Pros: "Liked nothing."
Cons: "Flight delayed 3+ hrs missing connecting flight. 20$ food vouchers and a 60$ hotel stay compensation? Should be a free trip somewhere. United food and drink process on board disorganized."
Cons: "Showed up at gate to get my seat and attendants seemed flusterred and unprepared. It seemed that they were having trouble finding a seat for me and I could hear them discussing options with other airlines to get to my final destination"
Cons: "You are required to pay to watch the tv. It's free with Delta."
Pros: "Crew friendly and concerned"
Cons: "no magazines; no food choices toward the end of the flight"
Pros: "The smooth take off & landing. The flight attendants were very helpful."
Pros: "Originally was planned to fly into Denver but the flight was delayed due to weather, they were able to re-route us through SFO earlier in the day with no headache. The original flight ended up cancelled and so we would have been delayed a day or 2. The ease of the switch was perfect and allowed to focus on our trip and not the travel. 5 stars."
Pros: "Using Kayak was so convenient. They were great in keeping me informed of schedule & gate changes."
Pros: "The boarding process went quickly and seats weren't too bad. Flight was pretty painless overall"
Cons: "Overhead bins were full so I had to put my carry on under the seat in front of me meaning less leg room. There was no entertainment."
Airlines flying to French Polynesia have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to French Polynesia
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights to French Polynesia
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights to French Polynesia
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights to French Polynesia
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights to French Polynesia