Two-way Quarantine-Free Travel Between New Zealand and Cook Islands to Resume Jan 2022

The Cook Islands Government has announced two-way quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands will resume on 14 January 2022.  The Cook Islands will be the only country that people in New Zealand can travel to and from for a holiday without any quarantine or isolation.

These are the steps travellers must take before and during their holiday:

  • Vaccinated travellers only

All visitors must be aged 12 years and over and must be fully vaccinated or provide a certified medical exemption.

Children under 12 years of age will be permitted to enter the Cook Islands once children between 5-11 years of age in New Zealand have begun being vaccinated.

  • COVID-19 test required before departure

Travellers must take a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before departure and show the negative result at departure and on arrival. No test is required on arrival in the Cook Islands. Travel to Aitutaki is permitted with the only requirement being that travellers will undergo a Rapid Antigen Test before boarding their flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki.

A further test may be required on Aitutaki.

  • Only open to New Zealand

This travel corridor is only open between New Zealand and the Cook Islands.

The Cook Islands maritime border remains closed.

  • Contact tracing and pre-arrival forms

Visitors will be required to complete a Cook Islands contact form no more than 72 hours before departing New Zealand. To assist with tracing in the Cook Islands, travellers will be required to download the Cooksafe+ Bluetooth app as well as use their personal Cooksafe QR code card given on arrival.

Full details will be available on over the next few weeks.