The intent of this policy is to protect the public from the importation of infectious diseases into the Cook Islands including chronic diseases that will have a negative impact on the resources of the Cook Islands. These diseases have the potential to spread throughout the population and place a heavy burden on the country’s resources.

This policy applies to all persons applying for or intending to apply for entry permits to work in the Cook Islands for more than 31 days. In order to minimize the negative impact on the resources, sponsors/employers will be required to execute an Agreement with the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health is mandated by Part 11 (Notifiable Conditions and Dangerous Conditions) and Schedule 2, of the Public Health Act 2004 (as amended) and by the Entry Residence and Departure Act 1971 – 72 to screen expatriate workers for any of the diseases listed.