We understand this is a testing time for all travellers but to ensure safety please continue to keep up to date.
Effective Friday 20 March 2020, the Cook Islands Government has further strengthened border restrictions.
THE FOLLOWING INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL AND BORDER RESTRICTIONS NOW APPLY:
Those who are intending to travel to the Cook Islands, entry will be granted to the following:
- New Zealand passport holders
- New Zealand Permanent Resident holder
- Australia Citizens and Permanent Residents who normally live in New Zealand
- Cook Islanders
- Permanent Residents of the Cook Islands
- Cook Islands Work permit holders
- Cook Islands Residents permit holders
Entry will also be permitted for any immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children) if they are travelling with one of the above persons.
TRAVELERS WHO DO NOT COMPLY WITH THESE RESTRICTIONS WILL BE REFUSED ENTRY ON ARRIVAL TO THE COOK ISLANDS.
As part of the National Emergency Response Plan, the Ministry of Health (Te Marae ora) is implementing further measures aimed at prospective and recent visitors. Effective immediately, all new arrivals into Rarotonga are required to undergo supervised quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Visitors may return before the 14-day period with written consent from the Ministry of Health.
UPDATE: NZ TEMPORARY BORDER RESTRICTIONS | UPDATED SUNDAY 29 MARCH, 2020
Cook Islands residents stranded in New Zealand, will now have to remain in New Zealand for the duration of its four-week lockdown and movement restrictions to help break the chain of the COVID-19 spread. A further 14 days supervised quarantine will apply once you reach Rarotonga. This applies to everyone wanting to come in, including Cook Islanders and Cooks Islands residents.
UPDATE: NZ TEMPORARY BORDER RESTRICTIONS UPDATE - MARCH 26, 2020 (CKT)
As part of New Zealand’s temporary border restrictions in response to COVID-19, foreign nationals are no longer able to transit New Zealand in order to travel on to other countries (except Australian citizens, permanent residents or immediate family members travelling to Australia only).
We have no information on when transit will be reopened.
The New Zealand border remains open for all New Zealand citizens, permanent residence class visa holders and their partner, legal guardian or dependent children travelling with a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder as well as Australian citizens and permanent residence class visa holders normally resident in NZ.
Exemptions are being considered case-by-case on humanitarian and essential health worker grounds and are granted at the full discretion of New Zealand border officials. There is a very high threshold for an exemption to be granted. We suggest you visit Immigration New Zealand border closures page for more information.
We realise this is a distressing time for travellers and those trying to get home to families and loved ones. You will need to make a plan for your stay in the Cook Islands in the near term. You may need to stay here for several weeks.
We strongly recommend you contact your Embassy or Consulate to ensure that you are registered with them so that they are aware of your situation and can provide you with the most up-to-date information and support.
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