Sending oversized, heavy or special baggage

Air Tahiti operates low-capacity aircraft. The holds are smaller than those of aircraft used for international flights and baggage is not containerised. As a result, heavy, bulky or special baggage (sports equipment, pets, etc.) requires special handling. Plan ahead and find out what the conditions are for accepting this type of baggage.


Baggage exceeding the permitted dimensions (length + width + height = 150 cm – 59 in) must be checked in with the Air Tahiti Cargo Service.

Baggage dimensions include wheels and handles.

Because our aircraft's hold size limits the volume of baggage we are able to carry, please contact our Cargo Service before sending any bulky items.

Baggage weighing more than 25 kg (55 lb) must also be checked in with the Air Tahiti Cargo Service.

Baggage weighing more than 50 kg (110 lb) requires special handling. Read their conditions of acceptance.


Do you want to take your sports equipment or a musical instrument with you on your trip? Will you be travelling with a pet, plants or plant products? Does your health condition require you to take special equipment with you (syringes, wheelchair, etc.)?

To ensure your journey goes smoothly, read the conditions of acceptance of special baggage

Sports equipment

You can take your sports equipment as part of your baggage allowance. In most cases, it will be "allowed with limited release".

If you exceed your baggage allowance in weight or number of pieces, your excess baggage will be accepted on your flight on a space-available basis and will be subject to payment of the applicable fee.

If one of your pieces of sports equipment exceeds the permitted dimensions or weighs more than 25 kg (55 lb), please check it in with the Air Tahiti Cargo Service.

Some of the sports equipment listed below requires special transport conditions. Select your sport to find out more. If your equipment is not listed, please ask one of our agents.

 

To ensure your diving torch is transported safely, you must carry the bulb or the batteries separately.

Diving knives and other sharp instruments must be packed in your hold baggage.

Compressed air bottles may be accepted as hold baggage provided they are empty and meet the check-in conditions for hold baggage.

Full or empty oxygen bottles must be checked in with our Cargo Service.

Given the fragility of this type of baggage, we advise you to pack it in a hard case.
Spear guns must be unloaded before being checked in.

 

Surfboards, kitesurfing boards, bodyboards, etc., are accepted on condition they do not exceed 1.80 m (70 in) in length and subject to available space on the flight.

Boards measuring 1.80 m to 2 m (70 to 78 in) must be checked in as cargo. They will likewise be accepted subject to available space in the hold. We would advise you to contact the Cargo Service beforehand.

Because our aircraft's hold size limits the volume of baggage we are able to carry, boards exceeding 2 m (78 in) cannot be accepted on Air Tahiti flights.

Bicycles may be accepted as hold baggage, subject to available hold space on your flight.

We would ask you to pack your bicycle in a sufficiently rigid container to protect it and to:
  • remove the wheels and attach them to either side of the frame,
  • position and fix the handlebars parallel to the frame,
  • remove the pedals or turn them inwards.

Firearms used for hunting or sport and their ammunition may be packed in your hold baggage.

> Click here to view the conditions of acceptance of firearms and ammunition.

Musical instruments

Some small musical instruments are accepted as hand baggage (ukuleles, violins, etc.), provided they meet the conditions of acceptance of hand baggage.

Bulkier instruments must be checked in as hold baggage, if their dimensions are within the hold baggage allowance.
Otherwise, they will need to be checked in with the Air Tahiti Cargo Service.

Given the value and fragility of this type of baggage, we advise you to pack your musical instrument in a hard case and to insure it by making a special statement of interest at the value.

Medical equipment (syringes, medicines, wheelchair...)

Does your health condition require you to take special equipment with you? For peace of mind on your journey, read the conditions of acceptance of medical equipment.
Select your equipment to find out more. If it is not listed, please ask one of our agents.
 

 

If your health condition requires it, you may travel with syringes in your hand baggage.

> Click here to  view the conditions of acceptance of syringes

We recommend you carry any medication with you and do not pack it in your hold baggage.

All non-radioactive medicines are accepted on board in certain quantities. See the maximum quantities you can carry.

If you are flying from/to Rarotonga with liquid medicines and you are not within the cabin limits, you must carry a medical prescription in your name.

Your wheelchair will be transported in the hold. If you exceed your baggage allowance, you are entitled to a 50% discount on the excess baggage fee for your wheelchair.

> You are travelling with a battery-powered electric wheelchair

You are allowed to travel with your breathing apparatus (portable oxygen concentrator), subject to certain conditions.

> Click here to  view the conditions of acceptance of breathing apparatus

Your device will be transported free of charge, in addition to your hand baggage allowance.

All breathing apparatus comprising an oxygen reservoir, such as an oxygen generator, is prohibited for transport.
 

Will you be travelling with a carbon dioxide-powered Mechanical prostheses?

> Click here to  view the conditions of acceptance of carbon dioxide cylinders

Pacemakers and other radioisotope devices implanted in the body, including those powered by lithium batteries, are permitted for air transport.

Animals

All animals are allowed on board Air Tahiti flights, except:

  • Category 1 and 2 dogs (rottweilers, pit bulls...), and mastiffs weighing more than 40 kg (88 lb).
  • Animals showing signs of aggressiveness.
  • Animals giving off powerful, nauseating odours, such as ducks, geese, goats and pigs.
  • Infected or poisonous animals, with the exception of bees.
  • Harmful invasive species (rats, mice, red-eared slider turtles, certain birds such as the common myna and red-vented bulbul...). View the list of harmful invasive species on the website of the Rural Development Department (Service du Développement Rural). Website in french.
  • Animals protected by the Washington Convention (protected and endangered animals).
  • Pregnant females, except upon presentation of a veterinary certificate stating that they can be transported without risk of giving birth or being harmed.
  • Females that have given birth within 48 hours prior to departure.


In order to protect the ecosystems of islands as yet free from certain diseases or parasites, for some species, your pet will need to be inspected by the Rural Development Department (SDR) and obtain a certificate allowing the animal to travel.
This provision concerns:

  • birds belonging to the Psittacidae family (such as parakeets, lovebirds...), to the waterfowl (swans), and  Columbidae (pigeons, doves...) for which the transport from Tahiti to all islands is subject to the Rural Development Department (SDR) authorization.
  • bees for which the transport from Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raivavae and Tubuai to all islands with the exception of Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raivavae and Tubuai is subject to the Rural Development Department (SDR) authorization.
  • Please contact the SDR for details.

    Since this process may take time, you are advised to apply well in advance.
    Dogs, cats, rabbits, roosters, hens, chicks, fish, etc ... are not subject by this measure.

    Animals must be included in your booking, whether they are travelling in the hold or cabin.

    Dogs and cats over four months old must be identified with a microchip or tattoo carried out by a vet.

    The applicable fee is that charged for excess baggage, with a minimum charge of XPF 800, whether the animal is travelling in the hold or cabin. This charge applies even if you are within your baggage allowance.

    Your animal must be carried in a container approved for air transport.

    Container characteristics:  

    • Ventilation via holes, grille or openwork (without allowing the animal to bite or nip through the opening).
    • Watertight bottom with litter or other material for absorbing liquid excrement.
    • Approved materials: plastic, metal or wood.
    • The container must be locked if the animal is travelling in the hold.
    • The container must be clean.
    • The animal must be able to lie down, stand up or turn around without getting hurt.


    To ensure your animal has a smooth journey, we recommend, on your vet's advice, administering a sedative to avoid any reaction during the flight.
     

    Animals in the cabin:
     

    Certain animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, freshwater fishes and freshwater turtles) are accepted in the cabin, in ATR aircraft only, if they can be carried in a container whose dimensions satisfy the conditions of acceptance of hand baggage (45 x 35 x 20 cm - 17 x 13 x 7 in) and the combined weight of animal and cage does not exceed 8 kg (17 lb).

    Animals are not allowed in the cabin on flights to Rarotonga.

    Only adults are permitted to travel with animals in the cabin.
    The animal must not be able to move around freely. In the event of any inconvenience, it may be stowed in the hold, at the captain's decision.

    The animal must travel in a container which meets the criteria listed above.

    Special cases :

    • Freshwater fishes must be carried in a double watertight container (plastic bag + cool box or equivalent), with no more than 3 litres of water,
    • Freshwater turtles, if transported in water, must be carried in a double watertight container (jar without lid + cool box or equivalent), with no more than 3 litres of water,
    • For the comfort of all passengers, birds, cocks, chickens and chicks must travel in the hold.

     

    Animals in the hold:
     

    Animals weighing more than 8 kg (17 lb) and/or whose dimensions mean they cannot be carried in a container which satisfies the conditions of acceptance of hand baggage (45 x 35 x 20 cm - 17 x 13 x 7 in) are required to travel in the hold.

    If the combined weight of animal and cage is more than 25 kg (55 lb) or they exceed the maximum size for hold baggage (length + width + height = 150 cm/59 in), they must be checked in with the Air Tahiti Cargo Service. Animals weighing more than 50 kg (110 lb) require special handling. Read the conditions of their acceptance.

    Because our aircraft's hold size limits the volume of baggage we are able to carry, please contact our Cargo Service before sending animals in very bulky containers.

    Depending on the length of the journey, the owner must make the necessary provision for feeding their animal.
     

    Transport of guide dogs for the visually impaired:
     

    Guide dogs for the visually impaired are carried in the hold, according to the terms set out in the paragraph on "Animals in the hold".

    They may, however, be accepted in the cabin, with the special agreement of the captain.

    They are transported free of charge.

Plants and plant products

Plants and plant products may be accepted on our flights, except for flights to Rarotonga. They will be transported in the hold or cabin as part of your baggage allowance. If they are transported in the hold, they will be "allowed with limited release".

If you exceed your baggage allowance in weight or number of pieces, your excess baggage will be accepted on your flight on a space-available basis and will be subject to payment of the applicable fee.

If your plants or plant products exceed the permitted dimensions or weigh more than 25 kg (55 lb), please check them in with the Air Tahiti Cargo Service.

Given their fragility, we advise you to pack your plants or plant products in rigid, watertight packaging to protect them.

For departures from Tahiti to all islands, all plants and plant products are subject to phytosanitary control. For departures from islands other than Tahiti, please contact the Rural Development Department (Service de Développement Rural).

Wedding dress and tuxedo
You're getting married in our beautiful islands and will carry with you a wedding dress or tuxedo. Please notify us at the booking stage.
 
To the extent possible and based on availability on your flight, we will carry your dress or tuxedo as cabin baggage. However, Air Tahiti operating aircraft of small capacity, the size of our cabin and luggage racks does not allow us to accept large dresses/tuxedos. So, they might be transported in hold, which is not containerized.
Furthermore, most of our aircraft do not have closet, we will ask you to roll your dress/tuxedo to place it in the baggage compartment, above the other luggage.
 
Given the fragility of this type of baggage, we recommend that you place your dress/tuxedo in a protective cover. Among other features, we advise you to choose a waterproof and tear resistant cover.
 
You can carry your dress or tuxedo as part of your baggage allowance. If you exceed your baggage allowance in weight or number of pieces, your excess baggage will be accepted on your flight on a space-available basis and will be subject to payment of the applicable fee.
 
In most cases, your dress or tuxedo will be "allowed with limited release". Click on the "Information" tab for more information on luggage allowed with limited release.
 
Beekeeping products and equipment

Honey, royal jelly, propolis, pollen collected by bees, beeswax and used beekeeping equipment are subject to the Rural Development Department (SDR) authorization from Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raivavae and Tubuai to the other islands of French Polynesia.


Packing your bags is your responsibility. To ensure they have a smooth journey, please follow the advice below:

  • Your baggage will be handled numerous times. It must therefore be designed to protect its contents, be solid and have no detachable parts.

  • You are advised to padlock each of your bags to prevent them from being opened after check-in.

  • We recommend you label your baggage inside and out with your name, permanent address and destination address.
    Baggage labels are available at the check-in desks.
    Remember to remove baggage labels from previous flights

  • Any fragile or valuable items, such as camera, laptop, keys, etc., important documents and medicines should be packed in your hand baggage and not in your hold baggage.
    Air Tahiti declines any liability for fragile, valuable or perishable items packed in hold baggage.

  • Once you have checked in your baggage, make sure you keep your baggage check-in receipt in a safe place until you have collected your bags at the other end.

  • During your journey, at each of your stops in Tahiti you will need to collect your hold baggage, clear it through customs if you are arriving off an international flight, and check it in at the check-in desks for domestic flights.

Click here if your baggage does not meet the above recommendations

Baggage which does not comply with the conditions of carriage will be refused at check-in.

This applies, among other items, to:

  • items in inappropriate/fragile packaging (cardboard boxes, plastic bags, shopping bags, etc.),
  • baggage which might constitute a danger to the aircraft and passengers,
  • baggage presenting a risk of damage to other baggage,
  • baggage containing fragile items (fishing rods, spearguns, surfboards, bicycles, cakes, oars, glass bottles, etc.),
  • damaged baggage,
  • baggage checked in late,
  • baggage not allowed as hand baggage, etc
     

However, Air Tahiti is aware of the shortage of transport options to the islands and may therefore, in exceptional circumstances, agree to transport your baggage, subject to conditions.
Acceptance of your baggage will be entirely at the check-in attendant's discretion and your bags will be labelled "allowed with limited release".

If your baggage is "allowed with limited release", Air Tahiti cannot be held liable for any damage to your bags or their contents.

 

Forgotten baggage will be kept for three months. After that, it will be donated to charity..


To guarantee your safety and security throughout your journey, some items are prohibited on board our aircraft. Others are restricted, which means they can be transported as cargo, subject to certain conditions only.

Before packing your bags, see the list of restricted items below and of this page.

Air Tahiti regulated items
 

To find out if it is possible to transport one of these items and under what conditions, please contact the Air Tahiti cargo service:
Tel.: +689 40 86 41 68 - Fax: +689 40 86 41 64 - Email: fret@airtahiti.pf

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