Sponsoring Organization/Entity:

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

 SOS Suicide Polynésie française

SOS Suicide Polynésie française

Co-sponsorship by the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific

World Health Organization

French Polynesia L'Etat en Polynésie française

Fonds Pacifique

Fonds Pacifique

Syngenta Global

Syngenta Global

Tahiti and French Polynesia:
Useful Facts and Information

Tahiti and its islands (Bora Bora, Moorea, Marquesas, Tuamotu and Australes islands) are beautiful places. But there is also the rich Polynesian culture undergoing a strong revival, with a touch of French and Chinese cultures. Tourist spots include, beside the blue lagoon, a lot of cultural activities: museum (Gauguin museum, Pearl museum, Tahiti and islands museum), ancient temples (marae) and churches, tamure dance and music shows…

International flights rates

Based on taxes and fuel overtax on 01 Nov, 2013

From Paris: 1985EUR
From Los Angeles: 1 291USD (957 EUR at today’s exchange rate)
From Sydney: 1 268 AUD (885 EUR at today’s exchange rate)
From Auckland: 1 048 NZD (648 EUR at today’s exchange rate)
From Tokyo : 1,415 EUR All taxes included

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The official language of the IASP World Congress is English. In the event that certain symposia or parallel sessions are conducted in another language, such information will be announced in advance.

Letters of invitation
The Congress will be pleased to send a letter of invitation to any individual making such a request. Please apply to the Congress Secretariat. However, the Congress in such matters makes no commitment to provide financial support of any nature.

Lunches are included in the registration fee. Refreshments are served free of charge at the Hotel Méridien opening reception. Congress Banquet is available to all delegates and accompanying persons against extra charge.

IASP Congress Website

Visit the Congress website for continuously updated information and online registration: iasp.info/tahiti

General Information

  1. You must have your individual biometric passport but the electronic passport remains valid until its expiry date. Entry formalities (visa) are subject to change without notice. It is strongly advised that you check with a French Consulate before departure.

  2. You must fill out the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) form for transit through the USA. It will cost $14. You must go to https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ before the trip in order to receive a travel authorization.

  3. Under the Polynesian latitudes, it is summer all year round! There are two main seasons. The first lasts from March to November, with temperatures between 18 and 27°C, the second lasts from December to late February and is a little warmer (between 25 and 35°C), but is also prone to tropical showers which rarely last more than 30 minutes. Be aware that the Pacific winds blow constantly and refresh the air pleasantly.

  4. Natural and terrestrial hazards: There are many products on the market which you can use to repel mosquitoes to protect against dengue and zika. For those whose skin is sensitive to sunlight, it is not recommended to use the famous Monoi or one of its derivatives that do not sufficiently protect you against UV. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (high protection) are required.

  5. No vaccinations are required to enter French Polynesia. However, vaccinations against tetanus and hepatitis A and B are recommended.

  6. The currency used in Polynesia is the French Pacific Franc €1 = 119.33 XPF and $1 = 87.23 XPF. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 7:45. Accepted: all currencies legal tender, international credit cards, travelers checks (on the latter, a foreign exchange fee is charged). Most shops, restaurants and hotels accept credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card, American Express, Diners' Club), and cash can be withdrawn at ATMs.

  7. Hotlines are available throughout Polynesia, from your hotel or a phone booth. Local numbers have 6 digits and you have to dial 00 + country code to call out of Polynesia. The system used in French Polynesia is GSM. The main islands are covered by the network and you can get a temporary pass for the duration of your stay (pre-paid card system) in a post-office or a specific shops. You can also visit the website of Vini or Vodaphone, local operators, to learn about the roaming partnerships between international operators in French Polynesia.

  8. French and Tahitian are the official languages. However, English is widely practised in all places welcoming tourists (shops, museums, the Papeete market, among others.)

  9. It is recommended to drink bottled water (local waters Eau Royale Vaimato are of very good quality).

  10. The electrical current in French Polynesia is 220 volts at 60 Hz (50 Hz in France.)

  11. There are two ISPs in French Polynesia, Mana and Viti, which offer various solutions so that you are always connected during your stay in the Pacific. The hotels also offer Internet spaces or wifi connections, sometimes paid, sometimes free.