Updated Information as at Viernes 28 Mayo 2021 (CKT-10 UTC)

 

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE INFORMATION
FOR TRAVELLING TO THE COOK ISLANDS
 

COOK ISLANDS IS A COVID-19 FREE ZONE

 

New Zealand and Cook Islands Travel Bubble

From 17th May (NZ time), the New Zealand and Cook Islands travel bubble will commence under a Quarantine-Free Travel (QFT) arrangement. This means that travelers will need to have been in New Zealand (or the Cook Islands) for 14 consecutive days prior to departure. For more info visit Travel Information and FAQ’s for New Zealand – Cook Islands.

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TRAVEL ADVISORY AS AT 13 MAY 2021

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 Sunday 16th May 2021 (CKT), the following persons are exempted for entry into the Cook Islands, provided they meet the entry criteria specified below:

  1. Any person who has been in New Zealand and/or the Cook Islands for 14 full days prior to entry into the Cook Islands

Entry Criteria

  1. Completes the pre-departure online Contact Information for travel to the Cook Islands form administered by Te Marae Ora, Cook Islands Ministry of Health; and
  2. Meets Cook Islands Immigration entry requirements

All queries regarding this travel advisory can be directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Te Kauono Tutara e te Mana Tiaki) on email: [email protected]

Travel Advisory as at 13 May 2021.

THE COOK ISLANDS PROMISE: SAFEGUARDING OUR ISLAND COMMUNITIES AND OUR VISITORS

As the Cook Islands readies itself to open borders and tourism businesses, vigilance is paramount as Government, the tourism industry and the wider community prepare to 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 once the borders are reopened. Read more

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, and 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. Learn more about both contact tracing systems. Read more

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are the Cook Islands borders open?

Yes. The Cook Islands borders are only open to those who meet the requirements under the current Travel Advisory as at 13 May 2021.

All queries regarding this travel advisory can be directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Te Kauono Tutara e te Mana Tiaki) on email: [email protected]

Do the Cook Islands have a Travel Bubble with New Zealand?

Yes. From 17th May (NZ time), the New Zealand and Cook Islands travel bubble will commence under a Quarantine-Free Travel (QFT) arrangement. This means that travelers will need to have been in New Zealand for 14 consecutive days prior to departure, before quarantine-free travel to the Cook Islands. For more info visit Travel Information and FAQ’s for New Zealand – Cook Islands.

Are Yachts and Cruise Ships able to enter the Cook Islands?

No. The Cook Islands  maritime border is  closed.

What airlines are flying to the Cook Islands?

Air New Zealand is the only airline currently flying into the Cook Islands, offering return flights from Auckland to Rarotonga. Please visit Air New Zealand Air New Zealand’s website for flight schedules and bookings.

Does the Cook Islands have contact tracing?

Yes. 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, and CookSafe+ is a contact tracing app which uses smartphone Bluetooth technology to register other CookSafe+ App users and NZ Covid Traver App users in your vicinity. Learn more at www.cooksafe.co.ck

I had a holiday booked to the Cook Islands that was postponed due to COVID-19. How can I arrange a new date to travel?

If you have already booked your travel to the Cook Islands, it is recommended that you contact your travel agent/ airline and/or insurance company to advise them of the unforeseen changes to your travel. We recommend contacting your accommodation/tour operators to advise of any changes to your confirmed travel. Refunds/ reimbursements are at the discretion of the operators.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing.

Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show after a person has been infected.

What do I do if I am sick right now?

Do not travel without first seeking medical attention and testing for COVID-19. Your assistance in minimizing risk to other passengers and country of arrival is required to enable us to effectively manage the spread of COVID-19. If you have fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, let a Health or Biosecurity Officer know immediately.

Other travelers with signs and symptoms of illness (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) may require additional health assessment.

What do I do if I get sick in Rarotonga/ Cook Islands?

  • Isolate yourself from other people and put on a mask if you have one; and
  • Call Healthline on +0800 1801 for advice about what to do

What can I do to protect myself from others?

  • Practicing good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. You should:
  • Upon arrival, register for a CookSafe QR card to tag in at various locations;
  • Download and activate the CookSafe+ App;
  • Wash your hands regularly with water and soap or hand sanitiser;
  • Use good cough etiquette – cover your coughs and sneezes with tissue and discard immediately in the rubbish bin or cough and sneeze in your flexed elbow; and
  • Avoid close contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging)

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

Visit the official Cook Islands Government COVID-19 Response website www.covid19.gov.ck