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About aururab

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  • Location
    San Francisco
  • Interests
    SCUBA, Travel, Family vacations
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Disney, Paul Gauguin
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Tahiti, Tortola

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  1. For Hawaii I think United’s test for $85 in the airport is a excellent and reasonably priced solution. For FP, while it is tricky to figure out, but many have found free tests that meet the timing requirements. My problem was that they have a list of approved testing manufacturers, and while it seems like the airlines are not routinely checking that I worry they could. The free testing facility local to me advertises 3-4 days, but actually has results in 24 hrs, and it is the correct test, but no one could me the manufacturer. I went with ADX in Oakland, $150 p
  2. Someone correct me if I am wrong, but the RT-PCR test required by FP cannot be performed in an a rapid on the spot airport test.
  3. TripAdvisor - pretty sure there have been some in Arizona there.
  4. There is a thread on another major travel forum where people discuss more land based trips where many outline places they have been able to get tested in time for anywhere between nothing and $250. Many insurance companies cover a portion of the costs as well. We are leaving this week and getting tested tomorrow in Oakland.
  5. The test that they are offering for Hawaii is specifically disallowed for French Polynesia, it is the Abbott ID Now test that is on the list of non approved tests: https://tahititourisme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/FDA-Approved-Tests-for-Travel-to-French-Polynesia-August-11-2020.pdf https://hub.united.com/2020-09-24-united-airlines-becomes-first-u-s-carrier-to-make-covid-19-tests-available-to-customers-2647787602.html
  6. We are there at the same time, but for this trip booked land only. Just getting a bit nervous now about getting the Covid-19 tests in time and the domestic inter-island flights...
  7. Looking at his tour, the stop for lunch is right near our Airbnb!
  8. We just booked a land only vacation to FP in October with our kids and my parents... wish us luck!
  9. Our Airbnb can bring us over to Raiatea 🙂 thanks!
  10. Tahitianbigkahuna, I had another question for you, we are staying at an airbnb on Taha'a and I am having trouble finding a tour operator for an island tour. Do you happen to know the name of the operation that does the "Exploration of Taha'a" tour?
  11. Stormer, I see that you are in California, there is a huge push here even asymptotic people to be tested, and most have the results in 24 hours, but they are backed up and it can take 5-7 days for those with negative results to be mailed to you. My kids pediatrician was able to get the results faster, so perhaps there is a way... https://www.arcgis.com/apps/Nearby/index.html?appid=43118dc0d5d348d8ab20a81967a15401 Several Caribbean countries have the same rules as well. It will be interesting to see how it pans out. I have flights to FP in October so workin
  12. Yeah. We had been debating since before the pandemic began, and they had 6 seats available, it took a lot of going back and forth to find dates with that many. Even better, I used my Chase reward points, it was only around 36,000 points per ticket, even covering taxes. Now to figure out how to get a letter stating my COVID test results when it is taking 7 days for letters to be mailed out!
  13. United, just realized it is the same deal, the kids were just cheaper so the average price was $524 🙂
  14. I booked a trip for my family and parents this October for $524 pp! A bit less for the kids 🙂 Though, now I am second guessing whether it was too soon given all the restrictions that are only just being lifted in July...
  15. We have a trip booked this fall with my parents and kids and we are just debating whether to cancel.(staying in hotels and not cruising this time) Where I am I can get a test within 72 hrs and have the results, but they are given over the phone. I am not sure how I would get it in writing...
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