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The Tahitian islands are reopening to U.S. travelers, with new rules

The Islands of Tahiti are reopening their borders on May 1 to U.S. travelers and will waive quarantine requirements for travelers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 or show proof of recent recovery.

But all travelers will still have to provide proof of a negative Covid test taken within three days of departing for Tahiti and take another test on arrival, according to new rules posted on the Tahiti Tourisme website Thursday.

Travelers without proof of a vaccine or antibodies, as well as children under 16 who currently aren't eligible for vaccines, will have to quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Tourism from the U.S. to the islands, formally known as the Society Islands, has been shuttered since February, when the French government closed its borders of overseas territories to to fears of Covid spread. In the Caribbean, St. Barts has been working towards a reopening plan.

Travelers to the Tahitian islands from France and other countries must have proof of a compelling work, family or health reason to visit the islands and will have to follow the same vaccination, testing and quarantine rules as travelers from the U.S.

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