Information on current travel restrictions
The Cook Islands borders are currently closed to all travellers unless there is an exemption provided (in writing) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. You must have spent at least 14 days in New Zealand before you can enter the Cook Islands.
Entry criteria into the Cook Islands:
Health criteria administered by Te Marae Ora prior to departure from Auckland:
Register your intention to travel to the Cook Islands with Cook Islands Immigration by email: email@example.com
Contact us on email: firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the current health criteria such as providing a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of your planned departure from Auckland.
This document will help guide passengers seeking entry into the Cook Islands from New Zealand. All requirements must be met including verifying your residency or permit status, and all documents (e.g. negative test result) must be confirmed by Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration in order to be granted entry to the Cook Islands.
Please fill in and send completed forms and supporting documents via email to email@example.com
There are no restrictions for travellers departing Rarotonga for the Pa Enua however Te Marae Ora has established exit health clearance procedures to strengthen border measures and limit the spread of communicable diseases including COVID-19, to the Pa Enua.
Te Marae Ora staff based at the air and seaport will undertake the following:
Any travellers who meet the following criteria will be referred for medical assessment and may not be allowed to proceed to board the vessel:
A travel advisory is issued by Government agencies that pertain information on safe travelling to and from foreign countries . The purpose of travel advisories are to ensure travelers make informed decisions when travelling internationally or domestic, to protect their health and the health of others.
All international arrivals will be required to complete the International Arrivals Health Declaration form upon entering the Cook Islands. This can be completed prior to departure from Auckland, on the plane, or as soon as you arrive on Rarotonga. You can complete the form online or a hard copy will be provided at the airport.
Any person who does not have a Cook Islands stamp or a permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration will be required to complete a Medical Immigration form prior to travel. Please refer to the Immigration New Zealand website for a list of panel doctors to complete medical examinations. If you need more information, call +682 29110.
Any person departing Rarotonga to the Pa Enua (outer islands) will be required to complete the domestic departures health declaration form. This form must be completed prior to departure from Rarotonga, either online or via hard copy provided at the air/sea port.
Any person visiting health clinics on Rarotonga, with recent travel overseas, will be required to complete a health declaration form. This form must be completed prior to any face-to-face consultations with a health professional.