A Travel Advisor races against the clock to get her clients to paradise with French Polynesia visa approvals for vaccinated travelers
As countries reopen, Covid restrictions and travel requirements can change at any moment. Our advisors swiftly adjust to these hurdles. No one knows this better than Melissa Pugh, a travel advisor for Jetset World Travel (an affiliate of Epperly Travel). She recently navigated one of these hurdles alongside her clients. What was supposed to be a normal booking for a group trip to paradise turned into a complex rally for vaccines and approved visas to get to French Polynesia.
Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers
When French Polynesia first reopened, the government considered travelers to be fully inoculated after 8 days of receiving the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Out of the 11 travelers in the group, only one child was not yet vaccinated because of her age. As the US released vaccines just in time, the child received her second vaccine dose 9 days before the flight departure. This fit into the French Polynesia inoculation period, it was perfect! Or so they thought…
The travelers were excitedly getting ready for their getaway to paradise in the days before their departure. Meanwhile, French Polynesia abruptly changed the law that considered travelers fully inoculated after 8 days and increased it to 14 days. The child’s timing of the vaccine didn’t fit into this requirement. With this news, the family would have to pull out of the group trip, but Melissa couldn’t bear to see her clients forfeit their incredible vacation. She started thinking outside of the box to receive the necessary visa approvals to keep the trip a go.
Jetsetting for French Polynesia Visa Approvals
Melissa, being a part of Jetset World Travel, just joined the Epperly team. She began using the group board to seek out any advice to help in this situation. Luckily, someone from the team already dealt with a situation similar to this and had a contact for the High Commissioner in the French government. Frantically racing against the clock, Melissa was determined to solve this and persistently called the office of the High Commissioner.
After dealing with the time difference, language barriers, and a lot of waiting, Melissa finally got through. She explained the situation of the denied visas due to the inoculation period. Because of Melissa’s magic, the High Commissioner allowed visa approvals for the vaccinated travelers and sent the official letters. Cutting it VERY close, this assured the group that they could travel together without any stress.
French Polynesia Paradise
Despite all of the barriers, restrictions, and obstacles, Melissa was able to send her travelers safely to their destination. They enjoyed stays at Pearl Resorts’ stunning locations, including Le Tahiti, Le Taha’a, and Le Bora Bora. The travelers spent 6 relaxing days sailing on a yacht through paradise. They also experienced a private Taha’a safari excursion, a tour of the gorgeous island of Bora Bora, and a day of jet skis. Overall, the vacation was everything they hoped for and absolutely worth it!