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Cook Islands travel restrictions

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Published on 04.09.2020
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Open for travel from Cook Islands
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Cook Islands.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers, provided holding confirmation of medical clearance from Te Marae Ora-Ministry of Health, verifying a negative Covid-19 test result obtained within 96 hours prior to travelling to Cook Islands:
    • Nationals, residents, or permit holders of the Cook Islands who have ongoing rights to enter the Cook Islands and have completed 14 days quarantine in New Zealand prior to entry,
    • Passengers holding a written exemption issued by the Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.
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Flight Restrictions

published 18.06.2020
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to Cook Islanders, passengers with a residence permit or an entry permit issued by the Cook Isl. They must have stayed in New Zealand for 30 consecutive days before they enter the Cook. Isl.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement outside territory.

The Cook Islands have restricted the entry of all travelers except for Cook Islanders and Cook Islands Permit Holders who have been present in New Zealand for at least 30 days and whose main purpose of travel is to return home, or to take up or resume employment.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

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  • Cook Islands *****

    International restrictions:

    The borders of the Cook Islands are closed to all persons unless an exemption is provided (in writing) by the Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. The closure is in response to new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Exemptions detailed on the Cook Islands Travel Advisory [Exemptions detailed on the Cook Islands Travel Advisory comprise Cook Islanders, Permanent Residents of the Cook Islands, Cook Islands work permit holders and Cook Islands resident permit holders. You can find detailed information on how to request an exemption and the conditions for travel on the Cook Islands Travel Advisory.] comprise Cook Islanders, Permanent Residents of the Cook Islands, Cook Islands work permit holders and Cook Islands resident permit holders. You can find detailed information on how to request an exemption and the conditions for travel on the Cook Islands Travel Advisory.
    **Transit: From 20 June, transit visa waiver and visa waiver [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/transit-visa-waiver-country/slider] nationalities, people transiting [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/visa-waiver-countries/slider] to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to return home, do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which will accept them.
    In most cases, transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or transit ETA before travel. These are applied for online. See Information about NZeTA for further detail [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta]
    If the passport holder is not from a visa-waiver or transit visa-waiver country or territory, or covered by one of the situations listed above, then they will need to apply for a transit visa. Due to COVID-19, Immigration New Zealand is not currently accepting paper applications for transit visas so have put a temporary process in place for submitting applications by email.
    The process for applying for a transit visa via email is available on the Immigration New Zealand website – transits [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/your-journey-to-new-zealand/before-you-travel-to-new-zealand/transit-passengers]

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    Internal restrictions:

    There are no domestic travel restrictions in place in the Cook Islands. The Government’s recommendations on physical distancing and good hygiene measures remain in place, see the Cook Islands COVID-19 website for further detail.[https://cit-covid19.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/CYC%2350+TMO+27June.jpg].

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    01.09.2020
  • Cook Islands Ban on incoming air travel may be extended from 30 August (RNZ,27.08.2020). The Cook Islands has issued a temporary total air border closure for inwards travel in response to new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. See the Cook Islands website [https://cookislands.travel/news/novel-coronavirus-information-travellers-arriving-cook-islands] for further information. (Gov.uk, 27.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Cook Islands has issued a temporary air border closure for inwards travel until 11.59pm Sunday 30 August local time, when the border closure will be reviewed. The closure is in response to new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Travel advice will be updated as this changes. Exemptions to the border closure can be applied for by Cook Islanders, Cook Islands permanent residents and Cook Islands permit holders who have ongoing rights to enter the Cook Islands and who have completed 14 days managed isolation in New Zealand on Saturday 22 August (local time). Applications for exemptions will be reviewed and managed with the approval of the Cook Islands Secretary of Health. All requests for entry into the Cook Islands under this provision must be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (Te Kauono Tutara e te Mana Tiaki) via email immigration2@cookislands.gov.ck. See the Cook Islands website for further information [https://cookislands.travel/news/novel-coronavirus-information-travellers-arriving-cook-islands]’
    From 20 June, transit visa waiver and visa waiver [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/transit-visa-waiver-country/slider] nationalities, people transiting [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/visa-waiver-countries/slider] to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to return home, do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which will accept them.
    In most cases, transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or transit ETA before travel. These are applied for online. See Information about NZeTA for further detail [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta]
    If the passport holder is not from a visa-waiver or transit visa-waiver country or territory, or covered by one of the situations listed above, then they will need to apply for a transit visa. Due to COVID-19, Immigration New Zealand is not currently accepting paper applications for transit visas so have put a temporary process in place for submitting applications by email.
    The process for applying for a transit visa via email is available on the Immigration New Zealand website – transits [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/your-journey-to-new-zealand/before-you-travel-to-new-zealand/transit-passengers]

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    Internal restrictions:

    There are no domestic travel restrictions in place in the Cook Islands. The Government’s recommendations on physical distancing and good hygiene measures remain in place, see the Cook Islands COVID-19 website for further detail.[https://cit-covid19.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/CYC%2350+TMO+27June.jpg].

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    27.08.2020
  • Cook Islands Borders closed in response to new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand (RNZ, 17.08.2020). The Cook Islands has issued a temporary total air border closure for inwards travel in response to new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. See the Cook Islands website [https://cookislands.travel/news/novel-coronavirus-information-travellers-arriving-cook-islands] for further information. (Gov.uk, 17.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Cook Islands has issued a temporary air border closure for inwards travel until 11.59pm Sunday 30 August local time, when the border closure will be reviewed. The closure is in response to new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Travel advice will be updated as this changes. Exemptions to the border closure can be applied for by Cook Islanders, Cook Islands permanent residents and Cook Islands permit holders who have ongoing rights to enter the Cook Islands and who have completed 14 days managed isolation in New Zealand on Saturday 22 August (local time). Applications for exemptions will be reviewed and managed with the approval of the Cook Islands Secretary of Health. All requests for entry into the Cook Islands under this provision must be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (Te Kauono Tutara e te Mana Tiaki) via email immigration2@cookislands.gov.ck. See the Cook Islands website for further information [https://cookislands.travel/news/novel-coronavirus-information-travellers-arriving-cook-islands]’
    From 20 June, transit visa waiver and visa waiver [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/transit-visa-waiver-country/slider] nationalities, people transiting [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/visa-waiver-countries/slider] to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to return home, do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which will accept them.
    In most cases, transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or transit ETA before travel. These are applied for online. See Information about NZeTA for further detail [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta]
    If the passport holder is not from a visa-waiver or transit visa-waiver country or territory, or covered by one of the situations listed above, then they will need to apply for a transit visa. Due to COVID-19, Immigration New Zealand is not currently accepting paper applications for transit visas so have put a temporary process in place for submitting applications by email.
    The process for applying for a transit visa via email is available on the Immigration New Zealand website – transits [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/your-journey-to-new-zealand/before-you-travel-to-new-zealand/transit-passengers]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are no domestic travel restrictions in place in the Cook Islands. The Government’s recommendations on physical distancing and good hygiene measures remain in place, see the Cook Islands COVID-19 website for further detail.[https://cit-covid19.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/CYC%2350+TMO+27June.jpg].

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    26.08.2020
  • Cook Islands Borders closed in response to new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand (RNZ, 17.08.2020). The Cook Islands has issued a temporary total air border closure for inwards travel in response to new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. See the Cook Islands website [https://cookislands.travel/news/novel-coronavirus-information-travellers-arriving-cook-islands] for further information. (Gov.uk, 17.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Cook Islands has issued a temporary air border closure for inwards travel until 11.59pm Tuesday 25 August local time, when the border closure will be reviewed. The closure is in response to new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. Travel advice will be updated as this changes. Exemptions to the border closure can be applied for by Cook Islanders, Cook Islands permanent residents and Cook Islands permit holders who have ongoing rights to enter the Cook Islands and who have completed 14 days managed isolation in New Zealand on Saturday 22 August (local time). Applications for exemptions will be reviewed and managed with the approval of the Cook Islands Secretary of Health. All requests for entry into the Cook Islands under this provision must be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (Te Kauono Tutara e te Mana Tiaki) via email immigration2@cookislands.gov.ck. See the Cook Islands website for further information [https://cookislands.travel/news/novel-coronavirus-information-travellers-arriving-cook-islands].
    From 20 June, transit visa waiver and visa waiver nationalities, people transiting to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to return home, do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which will accept them. In most cases, transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or transit ETA before travel. These are applied for online. See Information about NZeTA for further detail. If the passport holder is not from a visa-waiver or transit visa-waiver country or territory, or covered by one of the situations listed above, then they will need to apply for a transit visa. Due to COVID-19, Immigration New Zealand is not currently accepting paper applications for transit visas so have put a temporary process in place for submitting applications by email. The process for applying for a transit visa via email is available on the Immigration New Zealand website – transits [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/your-journey-to-new-zealand/before-you-travel-to-new-zealand/transit-passengers].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are no domestic travel restrictions in place in the Cook Islands. The Government’s recommendations on physical distancing and good hygiene measures remain in place, see the Cook Islands COVID-19 website [https://cit-covid19.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/CYC%2350+TMO+27June.jpg] for further detail.

    Read more
    19.08.2020
  • Cook Islands Borders closed in response to new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand (RNZ, 17.08.2020). The Cook Islands has issued a temporary total air border closure for inwards travel in response to new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. See the Cook Islands website [https://cookislands.travel/news/novel-coronavirus-information-travellers-arriving-cook-islands] for further information. (Gov.uk, 17.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The borders of the Cook Islands are open to all Cook Islanders and Cook Islands Permit Holders, who have been present in New Zealand for at least 30 days and whose main purpose of travel is to return home, or to take up or resume employment. Exemptions to the 30 day period can be sought from the Cook Islands Ministry of Immigration and Foreign Affairs. Further details on the conditions are available on the Cook Islands COVID-19 website [https://cit-covid19.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/CYC%2350+TMO+27June.jpg]. The borders of the Cook Islands remain closed to all others, with a few exemptions. Exemption details are listed on the Cook Islands COVID-19 website [https://cit-covid19.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/CYC%2350+TMO+27June.jpg] and include persons ordinarily resident in the Cook Islands who are Cook Islanders, New Zealand passport holders, New Zealand permanent resident holders, Cook Islands work permit holders, or Cook Islands resident permit holders. Anyone seeking entry must obtain an exemption from the entry ban from the Cook Islands Ministry of Health.
    From 20 June, transit visa waiver [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/transit-visa-waiver-country/slider]and visa waiver [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/visa-waiver-countries/slider] nationalities, people transiting to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to return home, do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which will accept them. In most cases, transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or transit ETA before travel. These are applied for online. See Information about NZeTA [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta] for further detail. If the passport holder is not from a visa-waiver or transit visa-waiver country or territory, or covered by one of the situations listed above, then they will need to apply for a transit visa. Due to COVID-19, Immigration New Zealand is not currently accepting paper applications for transit visas so have put a temporary process in place for submitting applications by email. The process for applying for a transit visa via email is available on the Immigration New Zealand website – transits [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/your-journey-to-new-zealand/before-you-travel-to-new-zealand/transit-passengers].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are no domestic travel restrictions in place in the Cook Islands. The Government’s recommendations on physical distancing and good hygiene measures remain in place, see the Cook Islands COVID-19 website [https://cit-covid19.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/CYC%2350+TMO+27June.jpg] for further detail.

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    17.08.2020
  • Cook Islands *****

    International restrictions:

    The borders of the Cook Islands are open to all Cook Islanders and Cook Islands Permit Holders, who have been present in New Zealand for at least 30 days and whose main purpose of travel is to return home, or to take up or resume employment. Exemptions to the 30 day period can be sought from the Cook Islands Ministry of Immigration and Foreign Affairs. Further details on the conditions are available on the Cook Islands COVID-19 website [https://cit-covid19.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/CYC%2350+TMO+27June.jpg]. The borders of the Cook Islands remain closed to all others, with a few exemptions. Exemption details are listed on the Cook Islands COVID-19 website [https://cit-covid19.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/CYC%2350+TMO+27June.jpg] and include persons ordinarily resident in the Cook Islands who are Cook Islanders, New Zealand passport holders, New Zealand permanent resident holders, Cook Islands work permit holders, or Cook Islands resident permit holders. Anyone seeking entry must obtain an exemption from the entry ban from the Cook Islands Ministry of Health.
    From 20 June, transit visa waiver [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/transit-visa-waiver-country/slider]and visa waiver [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/transit-visa#https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/visa-waiver-countries/slider] nationalities, people transiting to or from Australia and people departing a Pacific country or territory to return home, do not require a transit visa as long as they have a confirmed flight out of New Zealand within 24 hours to a port which will accept them. In most cases, transit passengers must hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or transit ETA before travel. These are applied for online. See Information about NZeTA [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta] for further detail. If the passport holder is not from a visa-waiver or transit visa-waiver country or territory, or covered by one of the situations listed above, then they will need to apply for a transit visa. Due to COVID-19, Immigration New Zealand is not currently accepting paper applications for transit visas so have put a temporary process in place for submitting applications by email. The process for applying for a transit visa via email is available on the Immigration New Zealand website – transits [https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/your-journey-to-new-zealand/before-you-travel-to-new-zealand/transit-passengers].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    There are no domestic travel restrictions in place in the Cook Islands. The Government’s recommendations on physical distancing and good hygiene measures remain in place, see the Cook Islands COVID-19 website [https://cit-covid19.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/CYC%2350+TMO+27June.jpg] for further detail.

    Read more
    07.08.2020
  • Cook Islands *****

    International restrictions:

    The borders of the Cook Islands are open to all Cook Islanders and Cook Islands Permit Holders, who have been present in New Zealand for at least 30 days and whose main purpose of travel is to return home, or to take up or resume employment. Exemptions to the 30 day period can be sought from the Cook Islands Ministry of Immigration and Foreign Affairs. The borders of the Cook Islands remain closed to all others, with a few exemptions. Exemption details are listed on the Cook Islands COVID-19 website [https://cit-covid19.s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/CYC%2350+TMO+27June.jpg] and include persons ordinarily resident in the Cook Islands who are Cook Islanders, New Zealand passport holders, New Zealand permanent resident holders, Cook Islands work permit holders, or Cook Islands resident permit holders. Anyone seeking entry must obtain an exemption from the entry ban from the Cook Islands Ministry of Health.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The authorities declared the country COVID-19 free on 18 April, and restrictions on domestic travel to and from the outer islands have been lifted. Businesses, including restaurants, have gradually resumed operations. A ban on gathering of more than ten people has also been lifted, while schools have reopened.

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    30.07.2020
  • Cook Islands The Cook Islands have restricted entry to all travelers who have transited or been in any country other than the Cook Islands and New Zealand within the past 14 days. Nationals and residents of the Cook Islands and New Zealand and their immediate family members may still enter the Cook Islands, as may Australian nationals and residents who normally reside in New Zealand, and their immediate family members. Travelers with a work permit issued by the Cook Islands may also enter the country along with their immediate family members.

    International restrictions:

    International flights into the country are suspended until 12 June, licensed aircraft with special permissions are exempted. Entry is barred for all travellers except for New Zealand passport and permanent residence holders, Australian citizens and permanent residents who normally live in New Zealand, Cook Islanders, permanent residents of the Cook Islands, Cook Islands work permit holders and Cook Island residents permit holders. Entry will be permitted for any immediate family of travellers included in the above exempted categories. All travellers allowed entry will be subject to a 14-day quarantine in New Zealand and a 14-day mandatory supervised quarantine upon arrival. Foreign cruise ships are barred from entry.

    Internal restrictions:

    The authorities declared the country COVID-19 free on 18 April, and restrictions on domestic travel to and from the outer islands have been lifted. Businesses, including restaurants, have gradually resumed operations. A ban on gathering of more than ten people has also been lifted, while schools have reopened.

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    25.05.2020
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    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK
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