Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Tahiti
Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Tahiti.
Polynesian Electronic Travel Information System
Within 3 days prior to travel and confirmation must be presented at check-in.
Travel Declaration Form
Travel Declaration Form
Travel Authorization Form
No later than 6 days before departure to French Polynesia.
Masks: Required on public transportation.
Current regulations for vaccinated travelers to Tahiti: most visitors from South Africa may enter Tahiti 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 Tahiti. The travel restrictions do not apply to Travelers with compelling reasons.
Read more about travel restrictions for Tahiti
Visitors from South Africa will need to quarantine for 10 days upon entering Tahiti.
An average direct flight from South Africa to Tahiti takes 38h 35m, covering a distance of 15152 km. The most popular route is Johannesburg - Papeete with an average flight time of 38h 35m.
The cheapest ticket to Tahiti from South Africa found in the last 72 hours was R70 642. The most popular route is from Johannesburg to Papeete and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was R70 642.
Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Papeete (100% of total searches to Tahiti).
KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.
Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "Great airline. Easy flight."
Cons: "Nothing, I love flying United."
Pros: "Early departure, and early arrival at our destination."
Pros: "Grrat seat 20a lots of room"
Pros: "Smooth flight"
Cons: "I had a very large man in the middle seat next to me. I was in the window seat. He leaked over into my seat which made it very uncomfortable especially when he fell asleep. I know the airlines can't do anything about this but he should pay for a larger seat."
Pros: "All was perfect!"
Pros: "Crew was pleasant and kind"
Cons: "Sitting next to the back bathroom, getting bumped by other travelers and the food carts, and the turbulence."
Pros: "Boarding was great as usual. Flight attendants were friendly. Flight was comfortable."
Cons: "There was an hour delay waiting to be de-iced when boarding happened on time. Then, because we pulled away to be de-iced, the departure time didn't show an hour late so I couldn't tell my ride what time I'd be arriving since it wasn't updated until we were in 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: "Entertainment system broken. Ground personnel obviously not informed by crew. I have the impression everybody at UA has stopped caring."
Pros: "Crew were fabulous with my children, 2 and 5 years old."
Cons: "Not enough room on jetway to collapse and open stroller. My kids almost got trampled as I was doing this even though they stood still against the wall!"
Pros: "The crew was awesome"
Cons: "3 row seats such a tight squeeze"
Cons: "You had to pay to watch television and movies"
Cons: "No info about gate changes."
Pros: "Easy check in and boarding. Nice airports"
Cons: "small.seats. poor snacks"
Pros: "Flight sucked. Sorry but we're stranded and not there yet. Witch has happened with every flight this year"
Pros: "The first 10 minutes that I was able to access in-flight entertainment."
Cons: "After 10 minutes, the United WiFi was no longer available and passengers unable to acces in-flight entertainment. Passengers were also required to use their own devices. Monitors not available."
Pros: "I liked that the suitcase was stowed"
Cons: "Waiting 11 hours for a flight to Portland"
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: "Zero. Literally nothing."
Cons: "Delayed more than 4 times. And changed gate. Just terrible"
Cons: "Crew ignored me, did not offer me refreshments, did not respond to my greetings"
Pros: "Plane was very clean."
Cons: "Having to use my own equipment for entertainment Getting 1/2can of soda for my drink."
Pros: "The ease of using the app for my travel info."
Pros: "Everything was very smooth from beginning to end"
Pros: "Stewardess was nice"
Cons: "Delayed, then when we got here no lanes to land. Seats are way to small for normal sized people."
Pros: "Comfortable seats, loaded/unloaded quickly, free online entertainment was great"
Cons: "Flight cancelled"
Cons: "Landing in Newark we circled the runway for 20 mins"
Cons: "Very uncomfortable seat"
Pros: "It got me to where I was going."
Cons: "Had to pay extra for entertainment."
Pros: "Rude boarding employee- Rude in general on phone with United Got to my confirmation code after having to change my flight and we got disconnected- didn't call me back when he had my number. Lost the connection"
Pros: "Nothing it was a mess."
Cons: "Didn't like how the representatives treated me when I called in for an issue, then was told I was out of luck for the hundreds of dollars, no resolution"
Pros: "easy flight"
Cons: "That was the worst travel experience of my life. All flights were delayed, customer service was rude, made me sleep on the floor in the airport, recieved no compensation. A 6 hour flight took 36 hours"
Pros: "Great staff"
Cons: "Board unboard then wait for an hour to get a cleaning crew? Another h delay Of my 3 flights on this trip each one was considerably delayed"
Pros: "Friendly crew. On time"
Cons: "Unorganized boarding front to back. Boarding should be back to front."
Pros: "More space than the previous plane. Slept 90% of the flight"
Cons: "The tvs didn't work in flight"
Cons: "6'2" broad shoulders and uncomfortable. Sitting by the window meant my leg had to be 5 inches over due to the curvature of the plane. Both of my knees were on the back of the seat and I was at an angle. The lady next to me looked like she did't like me being turned toward her. Many extra seats including the emergency exit row (that has more room) was available when we took off but I was told we couldn't sit there without paying extra. Cheap 1 hour flight. Won't tolerate it for anything else."
Pros: "Nice crew. Smooth flight. Everything was on time."
Cons: "Not particularly nice staff at gate. No entertainment options."
Pros: "This was the first time I flew United, wow, I was so pleasantly surprised. I am very tall and need leg room. The way United had their seats designed have plenty of leg room for me, even in economy class. I will look for United flights from now on."
Pros: "Professional crew, on time service, clean plane. Worlds different experience from Frontier."
Cons: "Did not get a text of gate change."
Pros: "The Food Otions and Entertainment."
Cons: "Airline Changed the Plane and switched our seats. Our group ended up sitting separate than originally showed in our ittiniary."
Pros: "Getting home finally"
Cons: "Miscommunication with customer service regarding stand by flights, representatives were extremely rude, spent 7 hrs at airport during departure and 7 at airport during arrival, constant gate changes and that's just to say the least"
Pros: "Overall it was a great trip. We left a little late a both connections, but arrived on time so that's good."
Cons: "The only thing two things I'd change would be our plane arriving back the Kalamazoo on time. It wasn't even in Kalamazoo very long. The other thing I'd change would be having the two people helping with boarding speak more clearly on the intercom. I seriously couldn't understand much of what they were saying. Also, there's not much select for pop in your store."
Pros: "The flight attendants were great, the in cabin service was perfect, and the blanket provided was a sweet gift"
Pros: "courteous attendents and airport personnel. on time flight"
Pros: "Very little."
Cons: "My tv in the headrest froze about 15 mins into the flight. Didn't work for the remaining 5 hours. I have bad anxiety when flying and watch movies and shows to take my mind off it. 5 hours of suffering."
Pros: "Nothing about it"
Cons: "Everytime I fly United there is ALWAYS a delay. I will never choose to fly United again. I had two flight which were both delayed, very upset about it."
Cons: "The turbulence"
Airlines flying to Tahiti 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 Tahiti
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights to Tahiti
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights to Tahiti
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights to Tahiti
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights to Tahiti