French Polynesia Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever 1
malaria no
Typhoid & Polio 2
cholera no
Eat Drink 3


There are about 30 hospitals and about 300 doctors in French Polynesia. It is recommended to take out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Check directoryaah for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers who are over one year old and wish to enter the country within 6 days of staying in an infected area designated by the WHO. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas and transit passengers in French Polynesia. [2] Typhoid occurs, poliomyelitis does not. Typhoid vaccination is recommended for backpacking and long-term stays. [3] Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection for infectious diseases (e.g. hepatitis A, typhus, bacterial dysentery, amoebic dysentery, lambliasis, worm diseases) which are transmitted through contaminated food or drinks. Therefore, careful food and drinking water hygiene measures should always be implemented. Water outside urban areas should be boiled or otherwise sanitized, or purchased in bulk. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is pasteurized and domestic dairy products are generally safe to consume, as are meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables. However, consumption of shellfish and cooked fish can lead to symptoms of poisoning. Warnings are given against eating and buying food from cheap street restaurants and markets.

Other risks

Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs on all islands. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Filariasis caused by insects occurs nationwide. Effective protection against insects reduces the risk of transmission. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given to children and young people in general for longer stays and close contact with the local population.



In the French Overseas Country (Pays d’outre mer/POM) French Polynesia and in the French Overseas Territory (Territoires d’Outre-Mer/TOM) New Caledonia, the official currency is the CFP Franc, which is pegged to the Euro. 1 CFP franc = 100 centimes. Currency code: CFP Fr, XPF (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 10,000, 5,000, 1,000 and 500 CFP Fr; Coins in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 CFP Fr.

Credit cards

American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Diners Club are mostly accepted in hotels, larger shops and car rental locations in Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and Huahine. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used to withdraw money from ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. On the larger islands of French Polynesia, there are banks with ATMs that accept debit cards with the Maestro or Cirrus mark. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks can be cashed at some banks and bureaux de change in French Polynesia in Papeete and a few other major cities.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 08.00-15.30, e.g. T. also Sat 07.45-11.30 a.m.

Foreign exchange regulations

  1. France.

Currency Exchange

At the airport, banks and authorized hotels and shops in Papeete.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
XPF 1 EUR = 119.33
1 CHF = 142.59
1 USD = 115.06

French Polynesia Money