THE COOK ISLANDS IS OPEN!

Updated
5 augusti 2022
(CKT)

The Cook Islands air and sea borders are open!
Flights currently available from Auckland, New Zealand with Air New Zealand and Jetstar.
From 14 August flights will commence from Pape'ete, Tahiti with Air Rarotonga.
No quarantine or isolation on arrival.

Travel Entry Requirements

Air and Maritime borders to the Cook Islands are open!

Travel by Air

If you are visiting the Cook Islands by air you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be vaccinated and provide official evidence issued from the country of vaccination.
  2. Meet normal Cook Islands immigration entry requirements.

Exemption from Vaccination Requirements:
The following travellers are exempt from vaccination requirements to enter the Cook Islands:

  • A Cook Islander or Permanent Resident (must provide evidence).
  • A person under the age of 16 years.
  • A person who holds a vaccination medical exemption from either the Cook Islands Secretary of Health or the New Zealand Director-General of Health.

Note the pre-departure Online COVID-19 Information Form has been removed and no longer required for travel to the Cook Islands.


Travel by Sea

If you are visiting the Cook Islands by sea you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Vaccinated and provide official evidence of vaccination from the country of vaccination.
  2. Meet normal requirements for maritime entry to the Cook Islands, under the Customs Revenue and Border Protection Act 2012.
  3. Meet normal Cook Islands immigration entry requirements.

All marine crafts must enter the Cook Islands through the Avatiu Port, Rarotonga.
Approval to birth or land must be sought through the Harbourmaster and clearance received from a Customs Officer.

Exemption from Vaccination Requirements:
The following travellers are exempt from vaccination requirements to enter the Cook Islands:

  • A Cook Islander or Permanent Resident (must provide evidence).
  • A person under the age of 16 years.
  • A person who holds a vaccination medical exemption from either the Cook Islands Secretary of Health or the New Zealand Director-General of Health.

Important Forms to complete before travel:

Information and forms for maritime arrivals and departures. For further information, contact Cook Islands Customs Service on email: [email protected] or +682 29510

Complete this form to request endorsement of your Immigration Status as a Cook Islander (stamp) or Permanent Resident.

Complete this form to apply for a vaccination medical exemption.


Advice for Travellers

All travellers are advised to be aware of all the requirements for their upcoming travel and pay close attention to any updates. Click to expand.

Evidence of vaccination

A person is vaccinated if they have received at least all of the doses of any of the COVID-19 vaccines listed here and 14 days has elapsed since the final dose.
e.g. 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine = vaccinated. You do not require a booster dose to travel.
You will need an official vaccination certificate from the country of administration as proof of vaccination status which confirms:

  • that you have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and
  • the name of the COVID-19 vaccine that was received, and
  • the name of the Government or National Agency that issued the certificate, and
  • the date which you received your partial or full COVID-19 vaccine.

As a guide, if you received your vaccine in;

Meeting immigration requirements

  • All international passport holders must have a passport valid for a period of at least 6 months beyond their intended period of stay in the Cook Islands. This will allow you a stay of up to 31 days in the Cook Islands.
  • All New Zealand and Australian passport holders must have a passport valid for a period of at least 7 days beyond their intended period of stay in the Cook Islands. This will allow New Zealand passport holders a stay of up to 90 days in the Cook Islands. Australian passport holders are eligible for a stay of up to 31 days.
  • You must have evidence of a valid outbound ticket or return ticket to your port of origin.
  • You must have proof of accommodation during your stay in the Cook Islands.
  • For maritime border entry to the Cook Islands, all travellers must comply with the Customs Revenue and Border Protection Act 2012

If you have any questions contact the Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration on [email protected]

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is highly recommended for all travellers to ensure financial cover in the event travel plans need to be changed due to COVID-19. Ensure you are clear on your Travel Insurance policy covers and whether there is Cancellation coverage as well as Medical Coverage including pandemics as a stipulation. Be sure to take note of what you have available to you.

If you or a family member tests positive for COVID-19 during your stay, appropriate insurance will be needed to cover costs related to room relocation and booking extensions, rebooking airline tickets and any associated medical costs.

If you test positive for COVID-19 while on holiday in the Cook Islands

It is important that all visitors are actively aware of the steps that are in place to reduce the transmission of the virus. Staying at your accommodation if you feel unwell is the best way to stop the virus from spreading.

If a visitor feels unwell and presents with COVID-19 symptoms they should:

  1. Self-quarantine in their room immediately.
  2. Make contact with their accommodations COVID-19 Health & Safety Officer by calling reception or host.
  3. The COVID-19 Health and Safety Officer will supervise a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
    Negative result: Go about their holiday as normal or rest and inform their COVID-19 Health and Safety Officer if symptoms persist or worsen.
    Positive result:The visitor must isolate in their accommodation, along with their household contact/s. The COVID-19 Health and Safety Officer will notify the nearest Public Health Clinic or Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health who will provide further instructions.

If a COVID-19 Health and Safety Officer is not available, please contact your nearest Public Health Clinic; Monday – Friday from 8am – 4pm, or after hours call +682 22664.


Accommodation
If your current accommodation is not available for you to extend your stay the Cook Islands Government have sourced the following accommodation options.
To arrange a booking, please contact the Public Health Clinic team on +682 56180 or +682 57486.

  • Kiikii Motel, Tupapa, Rarotonga
  • The Edgewater Resort & Spa, Arorangi, Rarotonga
    Note this is a separate area of the Resort and doesn’t interfere with normal operations.

For a list of other accommodation options, the New Zealand High Commission office can assist.
Phone: +682 22201 or +682 55201 or email: [email protected]

  • Isolation: Isolation is required if you return a positive COVID-19 test. The isolation period is 7 days.
  • Household contact: If you are sharing a holiday home/ hotel room/ villa/ apartment/ etc with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are a household contact.
  • Quarantine: If you are a household contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are required to quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days. If you test positive during this time you begin the isolation period.

What to Expect
Should you be issued an isolation or quarantine order while in the Cook Islands, here is what you can expect:

  • Cost of accommodation, food, beverages and other items are the responsibility of the individual.
  • Any tests required under either order are free of charge.
  • Public Health Clinics will monitor you. This monitoring will be conducted via phone call only with exception of a face-to-face when required.
  • The Puna (village support) will assist the Public Health Clinics with regards to delivery of items (i.e. medication) and security.
  • Upon receiving an order, you will also be given an information pamphlet from NZHC with useful numbers to contact. This is to help you be as self-sufficient as possible.
  • If you are given an isolation order, you will also be given an isolation pack. This pack contains an information booklet, a symptom diary, a pulse oximeter, and a thermometer to help you monitor and record your symptoms.

Travel Insurance is highly recommended for all travellers to ensure financial cover in the event travel plans need to be changed due to COVID-19. Ensure you are clear on what your Travel Insurance policy covers and whether there is Cancellation coverage as well as Medical Coverage including pandemics as a stipulation. If you or a family member tests positive for COVID-19 during your stay, appropriate insurance will be needed to cover costs related to room relocation and booking extensions, rebooking airline tickets and any associated medical costs. Be sure to take note of what you have available to you.

You can stay up to date with the Cook Islands COVID-19 situation on the COVID-19 website.


Returning to New Zealand


All passengers travelling to New Zealand by air must complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration online to be issued with a Traveller Pass to board your flight.
Your Traveller Pass will contain a QR code, unique to you and valid only for the journey you completed the declaration for. It will let you know what you need to do when you arrive in New Zealand.
You will be asked to show your Traveller Pass at check-in by your airline and at Customs on arrival in New Zealand. This could be printed or on your mobile device.

If you require any assistance when completing this form after hours please contact:

  • +64 4 931 5799 (for International callers)
  • 0800 359 269 (toll free for New Zealand based callers)
  • 1800 359 269 (toll free for Australia based callers)

As of 8th April, all travellers from the Cook Islands will be given RAT tests upon arrival and will be required to self-test and report the results on days 0 and 3 following their arrival. Details are provided when RAT tests are received.

For the latest information on travel from Rarotonga to New Zealand see Unite Against COVID-19 NZ.

Returning to Australia


From July 6 2022, the way you ​travel to and from Australia has changed. All travellers should be aware that:

  • People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status
  • People entering Australia do not need to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration
  • People leaving Australia will not be asked to provide evidence of their vaccination status
  • Unvaccinated visa holders do not​ need a travel exemption to travel to Australia
  • Masks are still required on flights travelling to Australia.
It is important to remember that airlines, vessel operators and other countries may have specific requirements that travellers need to comply with.
For full details on what you need to know when travelling back to Australia, visit the Australian Government website.

Arrival and Departure of Marine Crafts

Maritime borders to the Cook Islands are open!
All marine crafts must enter the Cook Islands through the Avatiu Port, Rarotonga.
Approval to birth or land must be sought through the Harbourmaster and clearance received from a Customs Officer.

All arriving marine crafts must meet maritime border entry requirements by providing a number of relevant information at least 48 hours prior to their expected arrival time.


All departing marine crafts should advise Customs at least 72 hours before intended departure to ensure that there is no delay; and must not depart for an overseas place without having first obtained a Certificate of Clearance from Customs.


Information and forms for maritime arrivals and departures. For further information, contact Cook Islands Customs Service on email: [email protected] or +682 29510

Travel to the Pa Enua (Outer Islands)

Domestic air and sea travel reopened 1 May 2022. Two-way travel between Rarotonga and most Pa Enua (Outer Islands) is open.

Air Travel Requirements

COVID-19 testing and vaccination requirements have been removed for all domestic travellers to the following islands; Aitutaki, Atiu, Mitiaro, Mauke, Mangaia, Pukapuka, Manihiki, Rakahanga, and Penrhyn.

Sea Travel Requirements

All marine crafts must enter the Cook Islands through the Avatiu Port, Rarotonga. Currently onward domestic travel by marine craft is still suspended until further notice. For further information, contact Cook Islands Customs Service on email: [email protected] or +682 29510

Travel Advisory

Read the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) Notice of Travel Advisory for the Cook Islands effective from 11.59pm 24 July 2022 (CKT).

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