> Late yesterday the Government had stopped the entry of all non-residents into French Polynesia. They are also sending all non-residents home.
> Any boats arriving now, where the crew is not showing signs of COVID-19, will be allowed to re-provision, re-fuel & effect repairs with the goal of going to Tahiti where the Maritime Affairs Minister will find a safe mooring for them so they can leave the boat and return to their home country by air from Tahiti.
Then today, the other popular agent who is based in Papeete, Tehani, sent a longer message. There are three options, but only option 1 or 2 are available if you are just arriving or have been there less than a month.
> For those arriving in FP this season, you have option 1 or 2 only
> For those already in French Polynesia for more than 1 month, you have 3 options.
> 1/ Return home by airplane with boat remaining in French Polynesia
> This will mean finding a safe place to anchor, moor or to store their
> boat. For the moment Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa and Ua Pou are accepting
> boats in their anchorages. However, no boats are allowed in Fatu Hiva
> at the request of the local population. In Tahiti, the DPAM is
> reviewing docking and anchorage space.
> Decisions on repatriation need to be made quickly as airlines are
> limiting their flights with the risk that this option may fall away in
> the short term. Air Tahiti Nui is the only airline to be maintaining
> flights to France from next Monday. AF, UN, FB, NZ, LT are
> progressively reducing flights; no transit is allowed through NZ and
> AU today; returning to the USA is becoming hard to arrange.
> 2/ Choose to continue sailing in the Pacific.
> We need to know who will be making a call to Tahiti to refuel etc and
> their estimated arrival date and location.
> 3/ Choose to stay in French Polynesia with their boat.
option 3 means you stay in one place and may need to move off your boat into temporary housing on land.
The Cook islands have closed their borders, as has Tonga, so option 2 of continuing to sail might mean the best destination will be back to the US. Some people decided to return to Mexico, but now that border is about to be shut as well.