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Update 3: Operation Turou

Managed Return of Stranded Cook Islanders and Cook Islands Residents

11 October 2021 (CKT)

Kia Orana

Te Marae Ora (TMO) wishes to provide the following update:

As many of you are already aware, the first Cohort of 87 Cook Islanders and work permit holders stranded in New Zealand as a result of the current COVID-19 community outbreak, arrived in Rarotonga early last Thursday morning.

All who were tested returned a negative test result from their Day 1 test. They are being tested again today.

Meanwhile in Auckland as Cohort 2 prepares to return home, please be reminded that it is a requirement for all repatriated passengers, including those aged 0-24 months, to have a negative COVID19 test at day 12.

With the rise in the number of Pacific people becoming infected in Auckland,  Te Marae Ora has reviewed its current testing guidelines. As a result, every passenger, no matter their age must be tested on Day 12 and must return a negative test result in order to return home this week.

Day 12 is Wednesday 13 October New Zealand time. This will complete the 3 negative test requirements prior to departure.

Anyone can be infected with COVID-19. The current outbreak has demonstrated that a number of infected with COVID-19 are young people. This testing will provide an additional assurance that COVID-19 does not enter the Cook Islands.


For more information, please visit or contact Jaewynn McKay;   +682 55486