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Tahiti & French Polynesia


French citizens are not required to comply with any formalities but for everyone else, even other EU citizens (with the exception of those with very specialised skills), it is difficult to work in French Polynesia. Unless you are a Japanese pearl grafter, a tourist guide, a Chinese chef or a banking executive, you stand little chance. Authorisation to take up paid employment is subject to the granting of a temporary-residence permit, issued by the French state, and a work permit, issued by the territory.

Business hours

Banks are usually open between 9am and noon and 2pm and 5pm Monday to Friday. Shops and offices normally open around 7.30am, close for lunch from 11.30am to 1.30pm and shut around 5pm, Monday to Friday. On Saturday, shops are typically open between 7.30am and 11.30am; almost everything (except a few grocery stores and boutiques on the more touristy islands) is closed on Sunday. Restaurant hours vary according to the type of food served and the clientele. Most places open around 10.30am, however, and stay open until about 11pm.

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