French Polynesia’s Government has underscored the need to keep its economy afloat through the pandemic.
“The measures taken to open the territory were necessary to support the economic and social lives of the country,” French Ambassador for the territory, Dominique Sorain, said.
More than 4 per cent of its population has now been infected with COVID-19 (11,000 cases), and as recently as Wednesday, French Polynesia recorded 345 new COVID-19 cases.
French Polynesia’s President Édouard Fritch tested positive to the virus last month, two days after visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.
In contrast, the neighbouring French Pacific territory of New Caledonia has banned all incoming air travel, except for repatriation flights and freight, until March, 2021.
It has no active COVID-19 cases and has recorded no cases of community transmission.