U.S. Consular Agency – French Polynesia

Contact Information

Christopher Kozely, consular agent/agent Consulaire


U.S. Consular Agency in French Polynesia/U.S. Embassy, Suva, Fiji Islands
Agence Consulaire des Etats Unis en Polynésie Française/Embassade des Etats Unis, Suva, Fidji
Centre Tamanu Iti, 1er étage, Punaauia

B.P. 381616
98718 Punaauia
Polynésie Française
Tel:(+689) 40 42 65 35  Fax: 50 80 96/from the United States: (877) 629-6630
email: usconsul@mail.pf

Location

The agency is located in the Tamanu Iti Center, 2nd floor next to the computer store US Info service center. The center is near the hotel Le Meridien in the city of Punaauia just after the roundabout Punaru’u.
L’agence is située dans le centre Tamanu Iti, au 1er étage à côté du SAV du magasin US Info. Le centre se trouve près de l’hôtel Le Méridien juste après le rond point Punaru’u.

Public Hours/Heures d’Ouverture

Consular sessions are held on Tuesdays from 10am until noon. If needed, appointments can be arranged for consular services outside these hours.
Les sessions consulaires sont ouvertes au public le Mardi entre 10h et 12h. Si necessaire, un rendez vous peut être convenu pour les services consulaires cités ci dessous.

Services Offered / Services Fournis

  • Accept passport applications – Traitement des demandes de passeport
  • Accept Consular Report of Birth applications – Traitement des enrégistrement d’actes de naissance
  • Notarize documents (Notary Public services) – Actes notariés
  • Accept documents in certain Loss of Nationality cases – Traitement de documents dans certain cas de perte de nationalité
  • Facilitate arrangements for the disposition of remains of deceased U.S. citizens – Assistance en cas de décès d’un citoyen US
  • Accept applications for Consular Report of Death Abroad – Emission de certificats mortuaires

Services NOT Offered / Services NON Fournis

Visa

The consular agency does not provide any visa services. If you wish to apply for a visa, please visit www.ustraveldocs.com/fj for the requirements to apply in Suva. For information on renewing your visa by mail, please see this page.

L’agence consulaire ne fournis aucun service de visa. Pour toute demande de visa, veuillez contacter l’ambassade.

Consular sessions/Sessions consulaires

Consular sessions are held on Tuesdays from 10 am – noon.  No appointment is necessary – cases are treated on a first come first serve basis.  Appointments are available for American citizens who can not attend those sessions.

Les sessions laires sont tenues le Mardi de 10h à 12h.
Aucun rendez-vous n’est nécessaire. Chaque cas sera traité dans l’ordre d’arrivée.  Une priorité sera donnée pour toute personne nécessitant des services de l’agence (services pour citoyens USA, actes notariés, Sécurité Sociale)

MISC/Autres

Travel Information – Informations Pratiques sur la destination

French Translators in French Polynesia

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

BARCLAY Lionel
PUNAAUIA, TAHITI TEL : 40-534-125

DEVAUX Bertrand
rue Leboucher imm Grand
PAPEETE, TAHITI TEL : 40-413-743
Email: bertrand.devaux@mail.pf

MLF SERVICES
PK 0 c/mer
TEAVARO, MOOREA TEL : 40-565-666

ROBINSON Curtis
Lot Erima
ARUE, TAHITI TEL : 40-823-745
Email: jocurt@freesurf.fr

SCHENCK SERVICE
PK 19,5 c/mont
PAEA, TAHITI TEL : 40-427-108

THOMAS Serge
Maharepa
PAOPAO, MOOREA TEL : 40-562-645

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

Persons resident in or visiting French Polynesia who require assistance from a U.S. diplomatic mission should contact the U.S. Consular Agent in Tahiti via email: usconsul@mail.pf or phone: 689-40-426-535.

The French overseas territory of French Polynesia is in the consular district of the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji. There is a U.S. Consular Agent with the ability to provide basic consular services for U.S. citizens at the U.S. Consular Agency in Tahiti, French Polynesia. For example, the consular agent can notarize documents for use in the United States. Persons resident in or visiting French Polynesia who require assistance from a U.S. diplomatic mission should contact the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, P.O. Box 218 or 158 Princes Rd, Tamavua, Fiji, telephone: (679) 3314-466, fax: (679) 3302-267, email: SuvaACS@state.gov.

The legal profession in French Polynesia follows the French pattern of a separation between ‘Avocats’ (lawyers), who represent and provide legal assistance to persons having business before the courts, and ‘notaires’ (notaries) who perform many of the functions of a solicitor in the English legal system. Notaires provide notary services; act as trustees; handle estate, property dealings, and collections; and provide general legal counsel.

Malgras Benoit
Malgras & Barmont
B.P. 3279
Papeete, Tahiti
French Polynesia
Telephone: (689) 426-233
Fax: (689) 436-709
General Law
Languages: French, English

Philippe CLEMENCET
SCP CLEMENCET – PINNA
83 avenue de Cde Destremeau
Papeete 98713
Telephone: (689) 40 54 44 44
Fax: (689) 40 42 34 90
clemencet@notaires.pf
Areas of Practice: Family Law, Adoption, Marriage/Divorce, Foreign Investments, Civil Law, Contracts, Estates
Notary Public

Dominique Dubouc
11 rue du Docteur Cassiau
P.O. Box 555
Papeete, Tahiti
Telephone: (689) 42-96-36
Fax: (689) 43-78-44
Real Estate Law, Mortgage, Loans, Wills, Power of Attorney
Languages: English, Spanish, and French
Notary Public

Etienne Gau
James Lau
Thierry Jacquet
Angle des Rues Lagarde and General de Gaulle
P.O. Box 1415
Papeete, Tahiti
French Polynesia
Telephone: (689) 42-83-05
Fax: (689) 42-42-74
Languages: French, English

Marie-Josee Leou
S.E.L.A.R.L., G.G.L.C.-W.U.
P.O. Box 548
Papeete, Tahiti
French Polynesia
Telephone: (689) 540-454
Fax:(689) 540-455
Commercial Law, Labor Law, Civil and Criminal Law
Languages: French, English

For an Emergency (Tahiti) dial 15

SOS Medecins 40-42-34-56

Please note: The Department of State and U.S. Embassy in Fiji assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

There are good healthcare services available on the bigger islands, with the best-equipped one being the Centre Hospitalier de Polynésie Française. There is one recompression chamber in Tahiti, at the Centre Hospitalier de Polynésie Française. Pharmacies or clinics for basic medical care are available on most islands, but for anything more serious, a patient will need to be evacuated to one of the main islands or to a regional center.

Papeete, Tahiti

Centre Hospitalier de Polynésie Française (Formerly the Centre Hospitalier du Taaone)

Avenue général de Gaulle

Pirae, Papeete

Tel. 40.48.62.62

Website: www.chpf.pf

Greater Tahiti

Centre Hospitalier Territorial

Avenue Georges Clemenceau

Mamao, Tahiti 98713

Tel. 40.46.62.62

Clinique Cardella

11 rue Anne Marie Javouhey

Papeete, Tahiti 98712

Tel. 40.46.04.00

After hours emergencies: 40.46.04.25

Website: www.cardella.pf

 

Clinique Paofai

Boulevard Pomare

Papeete, Tahiti 98713

Tel. 40.46.18.18

Raiatea

Hôpital d’Uturoa/Hôpital des Îles Sous le Vent

B.P. 40, Uturoa

Raiatea 98735

Tel. 600 800

 

Pharmacie de Garde (24 hour Pharmacy)

The schedule for pharmacists who are available Saturday and Sunday in French Polynesia can be found at:

Pharmacists: http://www.ordre-pharmaciens-polynesie.com/index.php/pharmacies-de-garde

Please note that this schedule changes weekly.

If you are in search of a physician, you can consult this database: https://www.mondocteur.fr/

This provides a list of doctors available across French Polynesia. You can make an appointment online, search by specialty, and by city.

Substance Abuse

Centre de Consultations Spécialisées en Alcoologie et Toxicomanie (CCSAT)

(Center for Specialised Consultations in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse)

avenue des Poilus Tahitiens

Papeete

Tel. 40.46.00.67

Hours: 7:30am – 3:30pm Monday – Thursday; 7:30am – 2:30pm Friday

Personnel Available: Two doctors, three clinical psychologists, and two nurses

Additional Services: Gambling and cyber addictions

To schedule an appointment with CCSAT, please call 40.46.00.67.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Tel. 40 43 21 63 (Call for available meeting times)

Narcotics Anonymous: Meeting every Sunday from 6pm to 7pm at Saint Thérèse Church in the Taunoa quartier.

For teenagers and young adults: Tel. 40.50.91.88

The consular agency does not provide any visa services. If you wish to apply for a visa, please visit www.ustraveldocs.com/fj for the requirements to apply in Suva.

If you are applying for the same visa type that you have previously been approved for, you may qualify for an exemption to the interview requirement.

To see if you qualify, please complete the checklist below:

  • I am applying for the same type of visa within 12 months of the expiration of my previous visa.
  • My last visa was issued after January 1, 2008.
  • I am a citizen or resident of Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, or Wallis & Futuna.;
  • My previous visa was approved at the time of the interview without any correspondence from the embassy or consulate indicating that my application required further administrative processing.

If you checked all of the above questions, you may be exempt from appearing in person for a visa interview.

In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  •  My previous visa was not lost, stolen, or revoked.
  • I have not changed my name or nationality since the issuance of my last U.S. visa.
  • I have not been previously refused a visa or entry into the United States.
  • My previous visa did not require a waiver of ineligibility (For example: criminal convictions).
  • I have had no arrests or convictions (other than minor traffic violations) that have occurred since my previous visa was issued.
  • I have no ineligibilities or reason to believe that I have failed to comply with U.S. immigration law.

If after reading the above information you do not qualify for an interview exemption, to schedule an appointment and appear in person for a non-immigrant visa interview at U.S. Embassy Suva.

Important Notice – If you do not meet the criteria and have submitted an application by mail and/or do not follow the procedure as set out, your Visa application will be delayed and you will be required to appear at the U.S. Embassy for an interview. We advise that you carefully read and understand the information provided above.

For information on renewing your visa by mail, please see this page.

Public Notice

The consular agency does not provide any visa services. If you wish to apply for a visa, please visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/fj/
for the requirements to apply in Suva. For information on renewing your visa by mail, please see this page.

French Translation

French Polynesia Disposition of Remains Report

What Happens First: French law requires no specific minimum time within which interment must be made; however, this should be done as quickly as possible in order to avoid any deterioration of the remains. City Hall requests that the person who discovers the body immediately contact a doctor who will issue a medical certificate.

Initial Death Certificate (Doctor’s Certificate): Regardless of where the death occurs, a doctor needs to certify the death and verify its cause. This certification will be required for burial or for shipment to take place. If the death occurs in a hospital, the attending physician will provide the certificate. An autopsy is required if the cause of death cannot be determined or certified by the physician, or if the death occurs under suspicious circumstances such as suicide or homicide. An autopsy normally takes between one to three business days. In any case, a local funeral home should be contacted as soon as possible and be given the death certificate. The funeral home can provide guidance and prepare the required French documents.

Note: When the doctor prepares the medical death certificate, he or she will include the cause of death only on the certificate he or she hands to the next-of-kin in a sealed envelope. The U.S. Embassy will need a copy of this certificate, with the cause of death included, in order to prepare the Consular Report of Death Abroad of an American Citizen.

Required Documents: Using the medical death certificate, an official death certificate showing the time, date, and place of death and the name of the doctor in charge will be obtained (usually by the funeral agent) from city hall.

How Long Does This Process Take? Two business days is the absolute minimum for shipment abroad. In most cases, it will take three to four business days for shipment. Delays will sometimes occur, due to funeral homes having to wait to receive confirmation of coverage for all expenses. Local funeral homes are familiar with the procedures and documents needed for the exportation of remains.

Maximum Period Before Burial: French law stipulates that cremation or burial must take place within two months. Exceptions may be requested.

Embalming: There are embalming facilities in French Polynesia. The law does not require the body to be embalmed unless the remains will be shipped abroad or if the appropriate local sanitary storage facilities do not exist. Embalming may not be done until a death certificate, attested by a physician, is issued, which generally takes at least 24 hours.

Cremation: There are no crematoriums located in French Polynesia, but cremation services can be arranged in New Zealand.

Caskets: There are different types of caskets available in French Polynesia. For air transport, the body must be embalmed and encased in a hermetically-sealed zinc casket.

Exportation of Remains: The same documents are required to ship bodies and ashes. They are usually obtained by the funeral home. Local requirements for the exportation of human remains are as follows:

  1. Embalmment of the remains
  2. Enclosure of the remains as described under caskets above
  3. Consular Mortuary Certificate (with the assistance of the Consular Agent)
  4. Mortician’s Certificate of embalming
  5. French Death certificate
  6. French Transit permit
  7. Certificate of non-contagion

Exhumation and Shipment: French authorities permit disinterment only with court orders.

Approximate Costs: Please note that costs can vary widely. The family in the U.S. or their power of attorney should be given a firm estimate of the costs before authorizing any payment.

Approximate Costs:

 From Bora Bora to Tahiti

Sample Cost Sheet Amount
Funeral home agent flown from Papeete $800
Taxiboat from/to Bora Airport $600
Air Archipel charter flight $4,250
Total $5,650

 

From Tahiti to the U.S.

Sample Cost Sheet Amount
Funeral Home services $4,000-$6,000
Air freight to the U.S. $3,700-$4200 depending on destination
Translation of documents $400
Air Tahiti transport fee (airport) $30
Europ Assistance processing fee (if applicable) $675
Total $8800-$11,500

 

Funeral Homes and/or Local Officials who can assist with arrangements:

FUNERAIRES HAPIPI

PK 20,2 c/mont, Paea, Tel : 689-45-42-20

FUNERAIRES MIN CHIU

PK 4,5 c/mer, Arue, Tel: 689-41-38-38

FUNÉRAIRES VAXELAIRE

Avenue Georges Clémenceau

Mama’o Pape’ete

BP 4486

98713

Tel. +689 40 42 77 79