Cook Islands (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Covid-19 test required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Mandatory quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 03.03.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– Cook Islanders;
– passengers with a permanent residence permit;
– passengers with an entry permit issued by the Cook Isl.
2. Passengers must have an approval issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Cook Isl.; and
– must have a medical clearance from the Ministry of Health of Cook Isl. with a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from Auckland; and
– must have stayed in New Zealand for 14 consecutive days.


Detailed Tourist Information

From 17th May (NZ time), the New Zealand and Cook Islands travel bubble will commence under a Quarantine-Free Travel (QFT) arrangement. This means that travelers will need to have been in New Zealand for 14 consecutive days prior to departure, before quarantine-free travel to the Cook Islands. For more info visit Travel Information and FAQ’s for New Zealand – Cook Islands.

The current Travel Advisory (dated 5th March 2021) remains in place until the QFT comes into effect on May 17.

From 11.59pm Saturday 6th March 2021 (CKT), the following persons are exempted for entry into the Cook Islands, provided they additionally meet the entry criteria specified below;

-Cook Islanders (as verified via Cook Islands Status stamp)
-Permanent Residents of the Cook Islands
-Cook Islands work permit holders
-Cook Islands resident permit holders

-Must have spent the last 14 days in New Zealand and/or the Cook Islands, prior to entry into the Cook Islands

Clinical/medical criteria to be administered by Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health prior to departure from Auckland, New Zealand;

-Provides a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure from Auckland, New Zealand

All requests for entry into the Cook Islands must be sought from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (Te Kauono Tutara e te Mana Tiaki) on email: [email protected]

Lockdown Details

People is advice to keep up physical distancing of 2 meters, good hygiene measure and wearing a mask.

Restaurants, Cafes and Eateries. Dining out is permitted, however, please make a reservation to avoid unnecessary crowding.
Bars and Nightclubs, Attractions, Sites, Shops and Offices are open. Avoid direct contact with those outside your bubble and unnecessary touching of surfaces.


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