Two-way quarantine-free travel with the Cook Islands will probably only resume once New Zealand is back at Alert Level 1 according to Graeme West, General Manager Australasia of Cook Islands Tourism Corporation. And when it does, all visitors aged over 12 years will need to be fully vaccinated, unless they have a medical exemption.
Mr West says the Cook Islands Cabinet indicated yesterday that re-opening quarantine-free travel with New Zealand would only happen when it was fully confident there was very little risk to its people, with no community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Under current policy, this means that is when New Zealand is at Alert Level 1.
Mr West says, “if Auckland did not return to Alert Level 1 as soon as the rest of the country, there was a possibility that the Cook Islands may open to those regions who were in Alert Level 1.”
He encouraged travellers to visit www.cookislands.travel for updated information on border settings.
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