COVID Screening Pre-Flight for PPT

Old Jun 17, 20, 12:41 pm
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COVID-19 testing prior to PPT boarding

I'm booked on a SFO-PPT flight on 8/20.
The French Polynesian government has said that everyone needs a negative PCR test within 72 hours of boarding ( I guess the airlines are checking this at gate?)
https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/
The problem is... quick testing (as in getting results in less than 3 days) is reserved for "at risk" population (which I am not)
Any ideas on a place in the SFO area that will do fast testing/results for the flights?
I noticed that Air Tahiti Nui has partnered with a clinic near the LAX area that specifically has a test "Air Tahiti Nui Flight screening" - which doesn't require any Dr. referral... just a boarding pass.
Thoughts, ideas? TIA!
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Old Jun 17, 20, 1:14 pm
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We are booked on the 18th, and I dont anticipate these flights to operate, I have a feeling United will remove them when the next update comes (hoping so anyway so its easy to refund)

Air Tahiti has cancelled most of our domestic flights between the islands anyway - so the trip is going to have to be postponed.

Good luck on getting a test (and results) within 72 hours of arrival - which really means you have 2 days to get results
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Old Jun 17, 20, 1:23 pm
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Literally booked this flight last night for November 21. Hoping either testing or vaccination situation is figured out by then.
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Old Jun 17, 20, 6:03 pm
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Originally Posted by rankourabu View Post
Good luck on getting a test (and results) within 72 hours of arrival
Boarding time, not arrival time.

Originally Posted by SteveHK View Post
Hoping either testing or vaccination situation is figured out by then.
Maybe testing, but definitely no vaccine that soon.
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Old Jul 17, 20, 8:24 am
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Tahiti COVID Restrictions Feasible?

Here are the current restrictions for Tahiti travel... I've had a flight booked for end of August for a long time now (way before the virus) and still haven't cancelled yet. But how feasible is it for someone to get a test 3 days before traveling AND get the results back. Aren't most tests taking days at this point to get results (in NYC if that matters).A SARS-CoV-2 virus genome test (the SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test) has to be carried out by all travelers in a health authority center (hospital, clinic, medical centre, Covid-19 testing Center, or medical analysis laboratory) within three days before the flight to Tahiti (at the passengerís expense).

Ex: If the flight departs on a Monday at 11pm, the passenger needs to take the test the preceding Friday and receive the test results between that Friday and the scheduled flight departure time on Monday.
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Old Jul 17, 20, 9:07 pm
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COVID Screening Pre-Flight for PPT

Has anyone experienced the required COVID screening prior to boarding for Tahiti (PPT)? I have a flight on a Tuesday from SFO and am struggling to figure out where/how I can get a result within 72 hours of that departure.
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The UA flight doesn't start until August - and I'm skeptical that will stay on the schedule.
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Old Jul 17, 20, 9:23 pm
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Welcome to FT!, KidDocDMC

Have moved your query to the Oceania where some prior similar queries have been posted, COVID-19 testing prior to PPT boarding

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Old Jul 17, 20, 9:26 pm
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https://www.airtahitinui.com/us-en/c...ch-polynesia-0

https://reliantcovidtesting.com/

Maybe they have San Francisco locations? Or if not, maybe a day trip to LAX? That location is open 24/7 and has open availability.

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Old Jul 17, 20, 9:29 pm
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I wish I lived in SoCal and could go to a Reliant site. We will be coming out of Detroit early on Tuesday morning.
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Old Jul 17, 20, 9:42 pm
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Originally Posted by KidDocDMC View Post
I wish I lived in SoCal and could go to a Reliant site. We will be coming out of Detroit early on Tuesday morning.
Have you looked at these places:

https://getwellurgentcareandoccmed.c...d-19-services/
https://www.meadowbrookbirmingham.com/

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Old Jul 18, 20, 2:31 pm
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Just looked at the Relaint site. They say that the test takes 15 min to perform. Results are delivered in 72 hours. That'd be a long stopover in LA.
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Old Jul 19, 20, 8:36 am
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If getting test results back 72 days prior to boarding a flight becomes a problem for pax not starting in SFO, and people are cancelling their trips to French Polynesia, the government will have to respond and lessen up the testing requirements. With the 2 cruises starting up soon, Paul Gaugin and Windstar, they cannot afford to sail with empty ships. The majority of people flying to PPT do not live in LAX or SFO and will need to be tested in their hometowns. FP relies on tourism and they will need to accommodate visitors if they want them to come.

I have a Windstar cruise booked for Jan. 14, 2021 with final payment due Oct. 6. Right now I have only $100 deposit in the cruise. My plane tickets on UA are awards. If the testing will be a problem I will cancel my cruise before final payment, and cancel the UA tickets under the travel waiver and not have to pay a redeposit fee. I won't be out anything but FP will be out thousands of dollars from just one couple. Multiply this out by thousands and this is a financial crisis for FP.
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Old Jul 19, 20, 10:59 am
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I agree that many people may get turned away from boarding in the first days and that the loss of tourism revenue is disastrous for many places around the world. I donít know the internal politics in FP enough to know if the public health experts would succeed in an argument against letting potentially infectious Americans in. They could open things up like the Maldives or could go the way of Fiji and only allow Australians and New Zealanders. Europeans and many others donít want us around at all.
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Originally Posted by susiesan View Post
If getting test results back 72 days prior to boarding a flight becomes a problem for pax not starting in SFO, and people are cancelling their trips to French Polynesia, the government will have to respond and lessen up the testing requirements.
Or they could decide the health of their population is worth the loss in tourism dollars. And try to support or influence CA to improve their testing.

With the way the US is going. I don't think relaxing restrictions will be considered as the first option. If another cruise ship becomes a Covid nightmare that won't help their business one bit.
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