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French Polynesia

French Polynesia was the first country we entered where I was very nervous about having all the right paperwork. This was mostly due to the fact that if you don't get it right, and your dog is found on shore, the government has the right to "destroy" the animal.


One thing I would’ve done differently before we left the states was to have gotten a Rabies Titer test. To enter French Polynesia, the titer test must be at least 3 months old, but no more than 12 months. Additionally, make sure each document you have lists your animals Microchip Number!


We also had to find a vet who could perform a specific Leishmania test in house and see Logan 3 days prior to departure.


This processes showed me the importance of speaking to Biosecurity in French Polynesia. Google Translate is amazing and was a huge help in understanding the rules and regulations.




Here's what you need:

  • Official Document stating your last day in a rabies infected country

  • An official document establishing your animal has been implanted with an ISO 11784 microchip

  • Rabies Vaccine (at least 6 months prior to arrival) – with microchip

  • Titer test (At least 3 months old)

  • The six previous months in a country infected by leishmania disease, an indirect fluorescent antibody test or an ELISA test to detect antibodies against Leishmania sp. with a negative result

  • Certificate(s) by a veterinary establishing your animal has been subjected within 4 days before boarding from the last stopover country to a treatment against internal parasites and especially against Echinococcus sp. and against external parasites.

  • Certificate(s) by a veterinary establishing your animal has been subjected to a second treatment against internal parasites and especially against Echinococcus sp. and a treatment against external parasites (ticks and fleas) 4 days preceding Disembarking)

It is important if you are arriving in the Marquesas to get in touch with biosecurity and a vet. We had to wait 4 days for a vet to arrive to the Island of Nuku Hiva, which is not that long, as others have had to wait weeks. The vet and bio security agent comes on board your vessel and will do an examination and provide the appropriate certificate to show you have complied with regulations and the animal can disembark.


Most of the islands in the marquesas were welcoming to us and our dog, however some communities did not like having a "foreign" dog on their land and asked us to leave him on board despite having the paperwork.

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