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We're thrilled to once again offer you incredible Cook Island holidays, but we know there is a lot to get your head around.
Here’s a guide to some of the Government information available to assist answering some of the initial questions you may have, before you speak with one of our consultants.
Whether you’re dreaming of a first visit, have a credit to use, just missing the sun or you’re a Cook Islands regular; our highly experienced consultants are ready to help book your Cook Islands holiday. We’d love to hear from you.
Two- way quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Cook Islands re-commenced from 14 January 2022 without the need to quarantine upon their return in New Zealand (making quarantine free travel possible in either direction). Travellers 5 years and over must be fully vaccinated.
Quarantine-free travel is not guaranteed and is subject to change at short notice, customers travel at their own risk and must be prepared for changes.
Travellers will require extra time when arriving at the airport and will need to check that they have completed all necessary documentation.
We strongly recommend that travellers review the following websites prior to booking travel and regularly check for changes prior to departure:NZ GovernmentCook Islands GuideCook Islands GovernmentCook Islands Tourism FAQs Cook Islands Travel Checklist
Yes, but in order to protect our Outer Islands (Pa Enua) travel to these Islands has been categorized by 2 bubbles:
• Bubble 1: Rarotonga & Aitutaki
• Bubble 2: Rarotonga & other Pa Enua (except Aitutaki)
For all travel in Bubbles 1 and 2, you must meet the following requirements:
Bubble 1: Travel from Rarotonga to Aitutaki
1. Provide a negative result from a supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) administered on the day of departure to Aitutaki. A Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) testing facility is available at the Rarotonga Airport with tests costing $10 per person. If you are transiting directly from New Zealand to Aitutaki, a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) test is required.
2. Provide evidence of full vaccination or has a Pa Enua Travel exemption.
Bubble 2: Travel from Rarotonga to other Pa Enua (except Aitutaki)
PLEASE NOTE: Travel to the Pa Enua is suspended until 11:59pm Sunday 20 February.
1. Provide a negative result from a supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) administered on the day of departure. A Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) testing facility is available at the Airport with tests costing $10 per person.
2. Provide evidence of full vaccination or has a Pa Enua Travel exemption.
3. Has resided in the Cook Islands for a continuous period of 7 days before the day of departure.
4. Sign a declaration confirming that they have been in the Cook Islands for 7 consecutive days.
Any medical exemption documentation must be approved by Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health (TMO) on firstname.lastname@example.org
You will go through a “green zone” in the airport well-away from any flights from elsewhere, and the flights will be crewed by staff who have not flown on any high-risk routes within a specified time frame. This basically means you won’t be in contact with people arriving from other parts of the world, green flights coming to New Zealand from Cook Islands only carries passengers who have been in Cook Islands or New Zealand in the past 10 days.
The airport experience will change, and Air New Zealand recommends checking arrival and departure airport websites for full information. At airports customers are required to:
Airlines are recommending that customers arrive at airports earlier than normal. Air New Zealand have advised to allow time for processing of additional checks even if checking in online, their suggested times below:
When travelling from a regional New Zealand airport to connect with a flight to Cook Islands – 2 hours prior to departure.
The NZ Government has provided detailed information regarding what you need to do pre travel. https://covid19.gov.ck/travel-and-border-control
All travellers will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure from Auckland to the Cook Islands. This result will also need to be shown on arrival in the Cook Islands. More information is available here: Travel Declaration
Passengers are also required to undertake a travel declaration will also be required at time of travel. Passengers will be required to answer a series of questions to determine whether they are at risk of having COVID-19. https://cookislands.travel/news/novel-coronavirus-information-travellers-arriving-cook-islands
Please also check Cook Islands government website for additional requirements. https://covid19.gov.ck/
And the: Cook Islands Travel Checklist
Yes, all travellers will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken under supervision no more than 24 hours prior to departure to the Cook Islands. This result will also need to be shown on arrival in the Cook Islands.
Yes, to travel to the Cook Islands you must be fully vaccinated. You must show proof of vaccination to enable you to board your flight.
All visitors must be fully vaccinated, and show evidence of their vaccination status. A person is fully vaccinated if they have received all of the doses of any of the COVID-19 vaccines listed here; e.g. 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine = fully vaccinated. The visitor must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the scheduled departure date of their journey to the Cook Islands. Unvaccinated children aged under five are welcome in the Cook Islands from 1 March 2022 and must still comply with all other requirements for entry.
An official vaccination certificate from the country of administration will be required as proof of vaccination status. For New Zealand travellers aged 12+ years, you will need an ‘International Travel Vaccination Certificate’. For New Zealand travellers aged 11 years and under, you will require a Confirmation of COVID-19 Vaccination letter from the New Zealand Ministry of Health. A My Vaccine Pass will not be accepted.
For children 5-11 years old who cannot apply for an International Travel Vaccination Certificate, please provide a letter/certificate from the New Zealand Ministry of Health with evidence of the name of the Government or national agency that issued the certificate, the name of the COVID-19 vaccine that the child has received, and the dates on which the child received each dose of the COVID- I9 vaccine.
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.
On arrival in the Cook Islands customers must register for a Cook Safe QR card to tag in at various locations and download and activate the CookSafe+ App.CookSafe QRCookSafe +
The New Zealand and Cook Islands Governments has provided information on what you can expect whilst travelling, including if you are unwell. Refer to links below:What to expectCook Islands Govt GuideA comprehensive list of FAQs for travelling to the Cook Islands
On arrival in the Cook Islands you will need to show your negative COVID-19 test result that was taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure to the Cook Islands.
Just like in New Zealand, the Cook Islands would like you to keep track of where you've been. The Cook Islands uses a system that’s a little bit different to New Zealand’s. In the Cook Islands you take a QR code with you to keep track of the places you've visited.
When you arrive, register for your unique CookSafe QR Card, which is a physical card you should keep with you at all times. CookSafe stations will be set up at some locations, and you should use your QR Card to scan in.
Register for your QR Card at Rarotonga International Airport or the Tourism Visitor Information Centre in town.
You should also download and activate the CookSafe+ App.
CookSafe QR CardCooksafe+More information on CookSafe
No, however physical distancing is recommended where possible.
The New Zealand Government has published a list of scenarios under which quarantine free travel may be paused or suspended.
More information is available here:
What happens if there is a Covid outbreakFact Sheet
This will be determined at the time by the NZ government. If the COVID-19 situation changes in the Cook Islands, customers may need to enter managed isolation or self-isolation upon return to New Zealand. If this happens, customers will need to pay for their stay there.