Current Status: LEVEL 1 - PREPARE
Meter Level 1

UPDATE: Quarantine-Free Travel - Wed, 23 June 10:30pm

We understand that there maybe some confusion regarding travel to the Cook Islands after todays disruption to the Air New Zealand flight NZ940.

As of tomorrow (Thu 24 June, CKI) all flights to and from the Cook Islands will resume as scheduled.

Passengers whom have originated from or traveled through Wellington, NZ recently may undergo screening questions at check-in as a result of their recent change in Alert levels.

All passengers arriving into the Cook Islands are required to truthfully complete the following Contact Tracing form within 24 hours of departure. This information will be important for authorities to contact you should any travel updates occur during your visit.

Read the current Travel Advisory


Wellington has moved into COVID-19 Alert Level 2 from 6pm on Wednesday 23 June until 11:59pm on Sunday 27 June (NZT).

Here are the facts:

  • A traveller from Sydney, who visited Wellington from Saturday 19 June until Monday 21 June, has tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return to Australia.
  • It is most likely they contracted the virus in Sydney before they arrived in New Zealand.
  • Four contacts of the case have been identified by the New Zealand Ministry of Health and are isolating.
  • Genome sequencing is underway in Australia to see if the case is linked to the current outbreak in Sydney.

If you have arrived into the Cook Islands between 18th – 21st June AND have been at any of the locations of interest at the link below, please call Te Marae Ora (TMO) 24 hour Healthline as soon as possible on +682 20065 or +682 20066.

LOCATIONS OF INTEREST IN WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

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.

Prepare
ALERT LEVEL 1: PREPARE +

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

Reduce
ALERT LEVEL 2: REDUCE +

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

  • Quarantine-free travel (QFT) between NZ and the Cook Islands may be suspended for a minimum period of 48 hours. A negative COVID-19 test may be required prior to travel
  • There will be intensive targeted testing and contact tracing of arrivals from the previous 14 days
  • Self-isolation and quarantine is required for recent arrivals for a minimum period of 24 - 48 hours
  • Restrictions on travel to the Pa Enua
  • 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 record-keeping
  • Face-coverings encouraged on public transport and aircraft, children under 12 exempt
  • No more than 100 people permitted at gatherings (including weddings and funerals)
  • Restaurants, bars and hospitality businesses must keep groups of customers separated, seated and served by a single person, with maximum 100 people at a time
  • Health and disability care services operate as normally as possible
  • Sport & recreation activities allowed, subject to certain conditions such as physical distancing where practical, numbers allowed at gatherings and contact tracing
  • Public venues can open if they comply with public health measures and ensure 2 metre physical distancing and record keeping

Restrict
ALERT LEVEL 3: RESTRICT +

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

Lockdown
ALERT LEVEL 4: LOCKDOWN +

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 1 - PREPARE advice to the public

Advice Blocks
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Social Distancing
Continue Physical Distancing

Please practice physical distancing at all times

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Wash Hands
Maintain Good Hygiene

Wash hands regularly with soap and water

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Sanitizer
Sanitise

Sanitise your hands regularly

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Coughing and Sneezing
Coughing and Sneezing

Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm

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Wear a Mask
Wear a Mask

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

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

Avoid touching your face, eyes & mouth with unwashed hands

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Self Quarantine
Self Quarantine

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

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Cooperate with Authorites
Cooperate with Authorities

Please adhere to public health messages and measures

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CookSafe Tracing Icon
CookSafe

Tag into locations with your QR card

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CookSafe Plus Icon
CookSafe+

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):