Current Status: Yellow

This website has been created to be the official and direct source for Cook Islands COVID-19 updates.
These challenging times require all of us to work collaboratively together.

Quarantine free travel from the Cook Islands to New Zealand

From 20 January 2021 (Cook Islands’ time) the people of the Cook Islands welcomed New Zealand’s commitment towards the removal of mandatory quarantine for Cook Islands arrivals into New Zealand. This announcement follows a joint release with New Zealand Prime Minister Rt. Hon Jacinda Ardern. Since July 2020, both Governments have been working hard towards resumption of one-way quarantine-free travel for Cook Islands residents to New Zealand, in advance of two-way quarantine-free travel (to include New Zealand visitors to the Cook Islands) to commence this first quarter of 2021.

Prime Minister Brown stated “I want to reassure our Cook Islands people that maintaining our COVID-19 free status continues to be paramount. Both countries are carefully managing our travel processes and making significant changes to ensure safe travel processes are in place to protect our people. Read full release here.

Here is what you need to know if travelling: Click here

Cook Islands Emergency Response Plan

On 16 April 2020, the Cook Islands was declared a COVID-19 free zone signalling the shift of COVID-19 from a public health emergency to a public health threat – code YELLOW. The disease continues to surge in many countries worldwide. Even though the virus has not presented itself, the Cook Islands government has been forthright about the need for physical distancing and other measures to prevent transmission. The Emergency Response Plan provides a national response framework for the Cook Islands to guide our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CODE YELLOW advice to the public

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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

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Resources & Forms

We have downloadable resources in both English and Maori

What You Need To Know

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 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.

Why is contact tracing important?

If a COVID-19 case has been identified, the Health Department will need to trace people who may have been exposed to the infected individual through the process of contact tracing. This process keeps the Cook Islands and its’ visitors safe and urgently send care for those who need it. Contact tracing is best practice for those on the island in order to prevent widespread infection of COVID-10.

Planning to travel?

Be informed before you travel – Click here

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):