TRAVEL ADVISORY UPDATE
 

 

Updated Information as at Thursday 11 November 2021 (CKT-10 UTC)

 

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE INFORMATION
FOR TRAVELLING TO THE COOK ISLANDS
 

COOK ISLANDS IS A COVID-19 FREE ZONE

 

COOK ISLANDS BORDERS TO REOPEN

The Cook Islands Government has made the important decision to re-open the borders from the 13 January 2022 (Cook Islands time). This decision was based on a range of high-level advice from the Government’s Border Easement Taskforce and data modelling experts in New Zealand. This reopening of borders allows for two-way quarantine-free travel from New Zealand.

Read the full Prime Ministers Media Statement here

TRAVEL ADVISORY

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 Thursday, 4 November 2021 (Cook Islands Time), there will be no exemptions provided for entry into the Cook Islands up to 11:59pm, 12 January 2022 (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 04 November 2021 click here

TRAVEL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FROM 13 JANUARY 2022:

  • All travellers must be fully vaccinated.
  • All travellers will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure to the Cook Islands.
  • Every traveller must complete the Cook Islands Ministry of Health travel declaration no more than 72 hours before departing New Zealand.
  • All travellers will be required to use CookSafe and CookSafe+ which are the two official contact tracing systems in the Cook Islands.
  • Access to the Cook Islands will soon be available via New Zealand. All travellers outside of New Zealand will need to meet New Zealand entry travel requirements, before continuing travel onto the Cook Islands.

Further details released in the coming days.

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.

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

As the Cook Islands prepares to opens its borders and tourism businesses, vigilance is paramount as Government, the tourism industry and the wider community welcome visitors back 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.