Oceania (Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific) - Tahiti/Bora Bora Alcohol import restrictions?
May 29, 11, 10:54 pm
I'm getting confusing results to my search for import restrictions on wine and alcohol into French Polynesia. I've seen as high as 4 liters of wine and 4 liters of hard alcohol per person, on the Air Tahiti Nui site, but as little as 1 liter of hard alcohol or 2 liters of wine on the VisaHQ site. Any idea what the country rule is? Or where I can fine an accurate reflection of that rule written in english? Any recent experience? Thanks!
Jun 13, 11, 8:28 pm
I took six bottles of wine to French Polynesia a couple of years ago and was socked with a very high (> $150 / bottle) import duty on the wine. The wine was very expensive so I grudgingly paid the duty - it was based on declared value (I think 100%) - my suggestion is to take one or two nice bottles and a couple of cheaper bottles, then if the duty is too high then you can always just give up the cheaper bottles.
Jun 14, 11, 2:49 am
Also covered in this thread in this same forum http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/australia-new-zealand-south-pacific/1218765-tahiti-duty-free.html
Jun 23, 11, 10:16 am
Not exactly covered in the other post, which didn't involve interisland flights.
The regulations have recently been changed, and limits increased. You can now take up to two bottles of wine and two liters of hard alcohol per person. http://www.tahiti-tourisme.com/planner/tahiticustoms.asp
There are no TSA-type liquid restrictions on the interisland flights, so you can carry-on your duty-free bag from LAX. But be aware of the weight limit on Air Tahiti -- 6.6 pounds (3 kilos) -- if over that, you might want to pack your duty-free liquor in your checked luggage (well-wrapped). I've heard rumblings that they are now weighing all carry-on, which wasn't common in the past. Free checked luggage on Air Tahiti is limited to 44 pounds (20 kilos) per person (not per bag), but the overweight fees are not terrible if you exceed that. http://www.airtahiti.com/faq.php?cat=Baggage#56