French Polynesia
Travel clinic French Polynesia
Travel health and vaccine advice for French Polynesia

Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea… These exotic names immediately evoke a tropical paradise made of majestic islands surrounding crystal clear lagoons with a delicate tiare flower scent. Not to mention the perfect idyllic white sand beaches… Like sublime jewels scattered across the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the countless islands of French Polynesia have an incredible natural beauty. If French Polynesia’s chic luxury offers the ultimate paradise experience, small family-run guesthouses give the independent traveler the opportunity of a more genuine, and cheaper, Polynesian experience. Honeymooner’s dream, surfers haven, island lovers mythical destination… French Polynesia is probably the closest place to Heaven on Earth.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

FRENCH POLYNESIA – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

The Yellow Fever Vaccine A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country. Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details. It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure. For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website: https://www.who.int/ith/ith-country-list.pdf
Hepatitis A Recommended for all travelers.
Hepatitis B Recommended for all travelers.
Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Flu – Influenza Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella) Recommended for all travelers
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”
Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and/or Zika There are many illnesses that are transmitted via mosquito bites and unfortunately we do not have vaccines to protect us against most of them. It is important to inquire with your healthcare professional regarding the specific risks and the different illnesses presently in circulation.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Azithromycin or Suprax

MEDICAL CARES

In French Polynesia, the health care system is the same as in France. Good medical care is available on major islands. The main hospital facility in French Polynesia is the Mamao Hospital in Papeete, on Tahiti island. The Paofai Clinic and the Cardella Clinic are quality private medical establishments, also in Papeete. Numerous health care centers are scattered across the archipelago. Be aware that medical care is limited in some remote islands. Serious medical issues require an air evacuation. 

In case of emergency in French Polynesia, call 15 (SMUR) or 42 34 56 (SOS Medecins). Ambulance services are fast and reliable.

Quality medicines are accessible on the main islands in French Polynesia. But it is advised that you bring your own medical supplies, especially if you intend to go to remote areas.

SECURITY ABROAD

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, is rare but does occur. Ensure that personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

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Emergency services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 17
  • medical assistance: 15
  • firefighters: 18