NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE INFORMATION
FOR TRAVELLING TO THE COOK ISLANDS
NEW ZEALAND AND COOK ISLANDS TRAVEL BUBBLE
The Cook Islands Government has indicated that re-opening the border with New Zealand, for quarantine-free travel, will not happen until they are fully confident that there is no community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand. This will likely occur when New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. All future visitors to the Cook Islands, aged 12 years and above, will need to be fully vaccinated (except those with a medical certificate).
For more information read the Prime Minister's announcement here.
The Cook Islands current Section 9A Notice for Refusal of Entry under the Entry, Residence and Departure Act 1971-72, signed into effect from 12 May 2020 and still active, is as follows;
All persons are denied entry into the Cook Islands unless there is an exemption provided (in writing) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
Effective from 11:59pm Monday 13th September 2021 (Cook Islands Time), there will be no exemptions provided for entry into the Cook Islands for a period of 15 days to 11:59pm Tuesday 28th September 2021 (Cook Islands Time).
All requests for entry into the Cook Islands must be sought from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (Te Kauono Tutara e te Mana Tiaki) on email: [email protected]
For Travel Advisory issued 13 September 2021 click here
CONTACT TRACING IN THE COOK ISLANDS:
COOKSAFE AND COOKSAFE+
CookSafe and CookSafe+ are the two official contact tracing systems in the Cook Islands. CookSafe is a unique QR Card that is used to tag in at CookSafe stations. The QR card will be issued to you in flight before you land in the Cook Islands. CookSafe+ is a contact tracing app which uses smartphone Bluetooth technology to register other CookSafe+ App users and NZ Covid Tracer App users in your vicinity. Read more to learn about this contact tracing system.
THE COOK ISLANDS PROMISE: SAFEGUARDING OUR ISLAND COMMUNITIES AND OUR VISITORS
As the Cook Islands opens its borders and tourism businesses, vigilance is paramount as Government, the tourism industry and the wider community welcome back visitors to our little paradise. The Cook Islands have developed ‘The Cook Islands Promise’ which is a joint commitment to protect all Cook Islands residents, and international visitors, from the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus widely known as COVID-19. Developed by Cook Islands Tourism in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister and Te Marae Ora, the Cook Islands Promise includes some basic measures when applied will help to safeguard all. Read more