Travel formalities

Never mind the embarrassing identity photo, you can’t travel without your travel documents.

Travel documents

Prior to your departure, please check that you have all the necessary travel documents for your departure country, destination and any stop-over countries.

In addition to your identity card, some countries require a passport, a visa, guardianship papers, health and customs papers, insurance papers, hotel reservations or proof of accommodation arrangements… and various other documents!

Warning: for French Bee flights from mainland France to Tahiti and flights from Tahiti to mainland France, a technical stop-over is made in San Francisco, United States (stop-over country) and you must ensure that you have the necessary travel documents for this country.

Validity period of the documents

You are responsible for checking that your documents and their validity periods comply with the applicable laws and regulations, and applying (if necessary) for new documents. Do not hesitate to contact the relevant consulate, embassy or any other competent authority in order to determine the list of travel documents that you will need.

Warning: some destinations may require that your travel documents remain in-date for several months after the end of your journey.

Please note that for French nationals: since January 1st, 2014, in some circumstances, the validity period of French national identity cards has been extended from 10 to 15 years for adults (over 18 years old) and the validity period of identity cards issued before this date are extended for a further 5 years. This extension does not apply to minors. For more information, we recommend that you check the French ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development website.

Checking travel documents

If you do not have the necessary documents, French bee reserves the right to refuse access to its aircraft. French bee is not responsible for checking travel documents. Your stop-over country and/or destination country may refuse access and send you immediately back to your departure country if you have not complied with any of their documentary requirements. In such case, you will also have to pay any and all taxes and fines charged to French bee because of your travel arrangements or because you are missing one or more documents required by the departure, stopover or destination countries.

Please check the entrance and travelling requirements with the embassy and/or the consulate of your arrival country and, if necessary, any stopover country.


If you are travelling with a minor or your child is travelling alone:

  • We recommend that you check the entrance and travel requirements for minors with the embassy or consulate of the arrival country and, if necessary, any stopover country.
  • If you are travelling with your child and he/she does not have the same surname as you, please ensure that you have your family booklet or his/her birth certificate with you to prove affiliation.
  • For more information concerning travel arrangements for minors, please contact the competent authorities of your home country.

Some useful websites!

French bee wants to help ensure that you are prepared for your trip!


For passengers from San Francisco, United States: you will find more travel information here.
We also recommend you to check the conditions for the entry of foreigners in French Polynesia.
Please note that if you have purchased a one-way ticket, for some destinations, you may be required to prove that you have a return ticket.

French Embassy in the United States:

ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) :  

get your esta

Autorisation de sortie du territoire (ASF) for minors: 

Dominican Republic: The tourism card (tarjeta de turismo) is included in your plane ticket (tax 8LTO) for short trips (30 days).  For more information, please consult the government’s website.