Originally Posted by meyermm
The bond amounts to the cost of an Airline ticket back to your home country (passport). On leaving French Polynesia you claim it back. They do take some for tax/handling fee etc but the main problem it is returned in French Pacific Francs. The only exemption from paying the bond is if you are under an EU passport.
Not quite true - The purpose of the French Bond system is to ensure that those arriving - - leave. The French Polynesian Bond is as stated equal to the one way airfare (otherwise known as "full fare") back to your "home/passport" country cost for every person on board. This can be done by depositing the money
in a French Bank on the island or by presenting paid tickets. One way to do it is to purchase
the tickets on a credit card and then when you leave cancel the tickets and get your full refund of the cost of the tickets to your credit card. However, you are going to be charged the "interest" on the charges to your credit card if you are not able to pay it off in the "grace period." It just may be cheaper to pay the bank fees
and conversion rates than do the pre-paid airline tickets.
- - There ARE "exemptions" for cruisers who are not "EU-citizens." Organized groups (rallies, etc. and the Pacific Puddle Jumpers via Latitude 38) are issued exemptions based on the organization's demonstration in past years that everybody who arrives, leaves again.