Tahiti & French Polynesia Essentials

A list of essential information about Tahiti & French Polynesia, including language, currency, visa requirements, time zone, dialling code and emergency numbers.

Language: French, Tahitian
Currency: CFP franc (XPF) – check latest exchange rates on xe.com
Visas: Free / 90-day issued at border with proof of onward travel; see visa requirements for more details
Time zone: GMT -10
Dialling code: 689
Emergency codes: Police 17, Medical 15, Fire 18
Capital city: Papeete, Tahiti
Population: 268,270
Tipping: Not expected outside the big resorts
Electricity: 220V/50hz. Tahiti & French Polynesia uses the two AC power plugs and sockets below. We recommend the OREI travel adaptor. It works in over 150 countries and includes a USB charger.

Tahiti & French Polynesia essentials

Insurance: We recommend travel insurance from WorldNomads.com – available in over 150 countries.


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