NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE INFORMATION
FOR TRAVELLING TO THE COOK ISLANDS
PRIME MINISTER HENRY PUNA DECLARES THE COOK ISLANDS A COVID-19 FREE ZONE
Prime Minister Henry Puna has declared the Cook Islands "a COVID-19 free zone", however the county remains in Code Yellow for the time being. Even though the virus has not presented itself, all have been asked to continue to maintain good hygiene and practice physical and social distancing to prevent transmission. For more information visit www.covid19.gov.ck
NOTICE TO REFUSE ENTRY TO THE COOK ISLANDS - Section 9A of the Entry Residence and Departure Act 1971-72
Section 31 of the COVID-19 Act 2020
Date of issue: 12 May 2020
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.
Notices issued Under S9A of the Entry, Residence and Departure Act 1971-72 on the following dates - 31 January 20 , 27 February 2020, 16 March 2020, 17 March 2020 and 24 March 2020 - are revoked.
This Notice expires on the earliest day of the following:
- 12 May 2022
- The day on which the COVID-19 Act 2020 is repealed
- The day it is otherwise revoked
FOREIGN NATIONALS STRANDED IN THE COOK ISLANDS
To date a number of foreign nationals have departed our shores through repatriation flights. Whilst there are still some foreign nationals in the Cook Islands the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration continue to communicate and negotiate with their respective Governments to get them home.
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.
COOK ISLANDERS & COOK ISLANDS RESIDENTS STRANDED IN NEW ZEALAND
As a consequence of the border security measures, some Cook Islands residents and returning Cook Islanders were stranded in New Zealand. The Government of the Cook Islands has now begun the repatriation process of bringing its people home.
For all queries email [email protected]
WHAT IF I HAVE BOOKED MY TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION TO THE COOK ISLANDS?
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 IF I HAVE BOOKED TO TRAVEL TO THE PA ENUA (OUTER ISLANDS) OF THE COOK ISLANDS?
Our national airline carrier, Air Rarotonga, suspended all scheduled inter-island air services on the 21st March, 2020. We are pleased to advise that inter-island travel between our outer Islands recommenced on Monday April 20, 2020. For further updates please click here.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
Symptoms include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, diarrhoea 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 minimising 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 travellers 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 1800 or +0800 1801 or +0800 1802 for advice about what to do
WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF AND OTHERS?
- Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. You should:
- 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?