Entry into the Cook Islands is controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please familiarise yourself with the information below to ensure you meet all of the border entry requirements.
The Cook Islands Government has made the important decision to re-open the borders from the 13 January 2022 (CKT). This decision was based on a range of high-level advice from the Government’s Border Easement Taskforce and data modelling experts in New Zealand. This reopening of borders allows for two-way quarantine-free travel from New Zealand.
Pre-Arrival Travel Requirements
All visitors to the Cook Islands are classified into 3 Groups. This is to ensure that regulations comply with the Cook Islands international law obligations. The 3 Group classifications are:
- Group 1: Visitors
- Group 2: Diplomats & Permit Holders
- Group 3: Cook Islanders & Cook Islands Permanent Residents
Travellers under all 3 Groups will need to complete the following requirements:
- Complete the Cook Islands Ministry of Health online travel declaration form 96 hours before departure
- Provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test from an approved medical facility in New Zealand, taken within 48 hours of departure. The evidence must be provided in an electronic or hard copy document that confirms:
- the person’s name; and
- the person’s date of birth or passport number; and
- the date and time the test was conducted; and
- the name of the laboratory that carried out the test; and
- the type of test carried out; and
- the test result.
Travellers in Groups 2 and 3 will also need to provide proof of your immigration status.
For more information regarding entry requirements please contact [email protected]
The Cook Islands Government requires all non-Cook Islands citizens to meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements before travelling to the Cook Islands.
Exemptions will only be made for the following group(s) under these conditions:
Group 2 and Group 3:
- Children aged under 12 years
- Persons aged over 12 who cannot be vaccinated due to medical exemption
To apply for medical exemptions email [email protected]
Unvaccinated travellers will be subject to additional health protocols dependant on vaccination status upon arrival into the Cook Islands.
The Health Protocols include:
- 5 days self quarantine
- 10 days Managed Quarantine
- COVID-19 tests on day 0, 5 and 9
The following classifications of people will need to undergo certain health protocols mentioned above, upon arrival to the Cook Islands:
- Persons aged over 12 who are not vaccinated and do not have a medical exemption: 10 days Managed Quarantine with tests on Day 0, 5 and 9
- Please note that if a minor (aged 12 – 17) in this group is travelling unaccompanied, a caregiver or guardian will have to enter 10 days Managed Quarantine with them. The traveller must also cover these Managed Quarantine costs of that caregiver
- Unvaccinated travellers aged under 12 years who are travelling with unvaccinated adults: 10 days Managed Quarantine with tests on Day 0, 5 and 9
- Persons aged under 12 travelling with vaccinated adults (or adults exempt from vaccination) or travelling unaccompanied: 5 days home isolation tests on Day 0 and 5
- Group 3 travellers (Cook Islanders and Cook Islands Permanent Residents) who have a medical exemption from vaccination: 5 days home isolation tests on Day 0 and 5
Quarantine - Costs
Family groups beyond the room maximum can choose to be accommodated either in a villa, or in two rooms.
For all MIQ registration please contact: [email protected]