Current Status: LEVEL 2 - REDUCE
Meter Level 2

COVID-19 cases

Last updated Friday 3 December 2021 at 1:00pm


New cases at the border


New community cases


Total community cases

Vaccinations administered in the Cook Islands

Last updated Friday 3 December 2021 at 1:00pm


First dose administered


Second dose administered


Total doses administered

What you need to know:

  • The Cook Islands has its first positive case of COVID-19. Read the full Media Release.
  • The case is contained in that it was a returnee off the final Managed Returns flight which arrived Thursday 2 December.
  • All of the other 172 passengers have returned negative tests
  • For more information visit Managed Return Flights.


  • An update will be made to the Travel Advisory before 11.59pm on 12 January 2022 (Cook Islands Time).
  • To be eligible to travel, all future visitors must be fully vaccinated and provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test before travel.
  • For more info visit: Travel Advisory


  • A supply of vaccines for the country’s third dose of the vaccine will be arriving in Rarotonga on 16 December.
  • The third dose vaccination rollout will commence in Rarotonga from 17 December.
  • For more info visit: Vaccinations.


CookSafe and CookSafe+

  • Reminder to tag or sign in with CookSafe and to turn on Bluetooth for CookSafe+.


Latest Updates

Date Media Release Source
4 Dec 2021 Prime Minister's Speech in Parliament 3 Dec 2021 PARLIAMENTARY SERVICES
3 Dec 2021 COVID-19 Case picked up at MIQ OPM
1 Dec 2021 MIQ Cost Recovery MFAI


Prime Minister Announcement, 4 November 2021

Prime Minister Announcement, 1 October 2021

Prime Minister Announcement, 25 September 2021

Prime Minister Announcement, 13 September 2021

Prime Minister Announcement, 30 August 2021

Prime Minister, Hon. Mark Brown, gets his COVID-19 vaccination

The Cook Islands has a 4-level COVID-19 Alert System.

It is led by Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health and is aligned with New Zealand’s system where each Alert Level describes the different measures required.


COVID-19 is not present in the Cook Islands and is controlled in New Zealand with no community transmission

  • Quarantine-free travel (QFT) between NZ and the Cook Islands is permitted, providing travellers have spent a minimum of 14 days in either country before travel
  • Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms to TMO
  • Wash and dry hands thoroughly, cough into elbow, don’t touch your face
  • People are encouraged to maintain a record of where they’ve been if they haven’t registered for CookSafe or downloaded the CookSafe+ contact tracing app
  • No restrictions on gatherings, workplaces or services, but organisers are encouraged to maintain records of attendees to enable contact tracing


COVID-19 is not present in the Cook Islands but there is a case of community transmission in New Zealand.

  • Self-isolation and quarantine may be required for some arrivals until negative test results recieved
  • There will be intensive targeted testing and contact tracing of arrivals
  • Travel to the Pa Enua is restricted
  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres from people in public spaces, and 1 metre in workplaces where practical
  • All educational facilities remain open
  • Businesses can remain open if maintaining physical distancing and contact tracing
  • Face-coverings encouraged on public transport and aircraft. Children under 12 are exempt
  • No more than 100 people permitted at gatherings (including weddings and funerals)
  • Restaurants, bars and hospitality businesses must keep groups of customers separated, with maximum 100 people at a time
  • Health and disability care services operate as normally as possible
  • Sport & recreation activities allowed, subject to approval by TMO. Certain conditions such as physical distancing where practical, restrictions on numbers and contact tracing required
  • Public venues can open if they comply with public health measures and ensure 2 metre physical distancing and contact tracing


COVID-19 has been detected in the Cook Islands & community transmission may be occurring

  • Two-way QFT & passenger arrivals suspended for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Intensive targeted testing of recent arrivals and close contacts from previous 14 days
  • Self-isolation and quarantine required for recent arrivals for a minimum period of 7 days
  • Closure of all educational facilities, churches, sport and social activities and other non-essential services for 72 hours
  • People instructed to stay home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement for a minimum period of 72 hours
  • People must work from home unless that is not possible
  • Pa Enua travel is highly restricted
  • Gatherings of up to 10 people allowed but only for funerals or weddings
  • Healthcare services must use non-contact and virtual consultations where possible
  • Face coverings mandatory with physical distancing and hygiene practices maintained outside your bubble
  • Businesses cannot offer services that involve close personal contact, unless it is a supermarket, primary produce retailer, pharmacy, petrol station or hardware store providing goods to trade customers, or it is an emergency or critical situation
  • Recommend NZ visitors to return to NZ as soon as practically able


There is more than one case of COVID-19 in the Cook Islands & community transmission may be occurring

  • People must stay home in their bubbles other than for essential activities, including work
  • Businesses closed except for essential services (example supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics, petrol stations) and lifeline utilities
  • Domestic/Pa Enua travel is severely limited
  • Two-way QFT & passenger arrivals suspended for a minimum of 14 days
  • Intensive targeted testing of recent arrivals and close contacts from previous 14 days
  • Self-isolation and quarantine required for recent arrivals for a minimum period of 14 days
  • Face coverings mandatory with physical distancing and hygiene practices maintained outside your bubble
  • All gatherings cancelled and all public venues and non-essential businesses closed
  • All educational facilities closed
  • Healthcare is reprioritised
  • Rationing of supplies and requisition of facilities is possible

Level 2 - Health Advice to the Public

Advice Blocks
Social Distancing
Continue Physical Distancing

Please practice physical distancing at all times

Wash Hands
Maintain Good Hygiene

Wash hands regularly with soap and water


Sanitise your hands regularly

Coughing and Sneezing
Coughing and Sneezing

Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm

Wear a Mask
Wear a Mask

Consider wearing a face mask if you have a cough or are in crowded spaces

Don't Touch Your Face
Don't Touch Your Face

Avoid touching your face, eyes & mouth with unwashed hands

Self Quarantine
Self Quarantine

Stay home if you have a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or sore throat

Cooperate with Authorites
Cooperate with Authorities

Please adhere to public health messages and measures

CookSafe Tracing Icon

Tag into locations with your QR card

CookSafe Plus Icon

Download and use the CookSafe+ Bluetooth tracing app

What You Need To Know

Contact Tracing System

A simple and secure contact tracing system which sees all residents and visitors issued with a personal QR card. All businesses and government departments use a smart phone or tablet to download a free app to scan residents and visitors into their premises.

Our Commitment

The Cook Islands Promise is our joint commitment to protect all Cook Islands residents, and international visitors from the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus widely known as COVID-19.

Contact Tracing App

CookSafe+ is a Contact Tracing app that sends you an alert if you have been near another app user who tests positive for COVID-19. The app uses smart phone Bluetooth technology and is compatible with the New Zealand Covid Tracer app.

COVID-19 Act & Ministerial Orders Explained

Parliament has passed the following Acts:

Ministerial Orders, Executive Council Orders and Ministry of Health Regulations:

Category Quarantine Orders (Section 12 of the COVID-19 ACT 2020):