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French Polynesia

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French Polynesia is an overseas country (pays d’outre-mer au sein de la République) of France. It forms part of the French mail system. It includes the Marquesas Islands External, Gambier Islands External, Austral Islands External, Tuamotu Archipelago External, Tahiti External and the Society Islands External.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.


Table of Contents

French Polynesia - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



275 918 (2017) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


French Polynesia - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 19th April 2021
   1 234,45

(where , indicates the decimal separator and a space the thousands separator)

French Polynesia - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 19th April 2021

The 24-hour clock notation is used, with h, indicating heures, hours, often used as a separator:


French Polynesia - Languages


The official languages are French External, having 15 338 first-language speakers, and Tahitian External, with 117 000 speakers. The other 7 languages are Austral External (8 000 people in the Austral Islands); Hakka Chinese External (19 200 people); Mangareva External (1 600 people in the Gambier Islands and on Mangareva Island); North Marquesan External (3 400 people in the Marquesas Islands); South Marquesan External (2 100 people in the Marquesas Islands); Rapa External (400 people on Rapa Island) and Tuamotuam External (14 400 on Tuamotu and Tahiti).

French Polynesia - Address formats


   Note: This section last updated 4th July 2020

Please refer to the chapter on France for address information. The French Polynesia post office prefers that the island name is added after the municipality name in this way:

   98711 ARUE TAHITI 

“Building numbers” in French Polynesia may be followed not by a street name but by the initialism PK, meaning Point Kilométrique, indicating a distance marker from a specified point on each island, in this way:

   12 PK
   Bora Bora 


   12 PK 15 
   Bora Bora 

Each island has a PK 0 point. The PK 0 point on Tahiti, for example, is in front of the cathedral in Papeete.

French Polynesia - Post office box


This is written Boîte Postale.

French Polynesia - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 4th July 2020

All French Polynesia postal codes (Code Postal) commence with the digits 987. The fourth digit indicates an island group, but this does not coincide directly with the administrative subdivisions of French Polynesia. The digits used are:

   Windward Islands                  0-2 
   Leeward Islands                   3 
   Marquesas Islands                 4 
   Austral and Gambier Islands       5 
   Tuamotu Islands                   6-8 
   Other islands                     9 
   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

French Polynesia - Postal code format graphic


French Polynesia - Postal code format

French Polynesia - Postal code specifics

French Polynesia - Postal code regular expression


French Polynesia - Postal code level of coverage


French Polynesia - Postal code map


French Polynesia - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 17th May 2011

French Polynesia is divided into 5 administrative sub-divisions, not used in addresses:

    Leeward Islands External          
    Marquesas Islands External      
    Tuamotu and Gambier Islands External
    Tubuai Islands External            
    Windward Islands External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in French Polynesia


   Note: This section last updated 16th April 2019

French Polynesian telephone numbers have no area codes. All subscriber numbers have 8 digits. Mobile numbers commence 87-89.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/frenchpolynesia/ External 20230123

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