Secretary of Health Direction - Port of Entry & Travel to the Pa Enua

3 October 2022

Regulation 7 of the Ministry of Health (COVID-19) Regulations 2022

Port of Entry

1. The master of a vessel must ensure that, if the vessel enters the Cook Islands, the vessel first berths or lands in one of the following ports:

(a) Avatiu port of Rarotonga:

(b) Arutanga port of Aitutaki:

(c) Atiu port:

(d) Omoka port of Penrhyn: or

(e) the Pukapuka port,

before the vessel berths or lands anywhere else in the Cook Islands.

2. The Master of a vessel must consult with and act in accordance with any customs officer’s directions before the vessel berths or lands in a Cook Island port.

3. A master is not required to comply with clause 1 if-

(a) the harbourmaster or a Customs Officer directs otherwise; or

(b) an accident, weather, or another necessity compels the master to berth or land the vessel somewhere other than the ports specified in clause 1.

Travel to Pa Enua

4. Travel from Rarotonga to the island of Palmerston is restricted to the crew for the purpose of transporting cargo to Palmerston and/or transporting passengers and cargo from Palmerston to Rarotonga, unless an exemption has been obtained from the Secretary of Health (or delegate).

This order comes into force at 12.00am on 4 October 2022

This order will remain in force until 11.59pm on 31 October 2022