Immigration

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

New Zealand to the Cook Islands: Before you depart New Zealand, all travellers (CI residents & visitors) must complete the Online Contact Information for travel into the Cook Islands​ form. You must complete this form within 24 hours prior to your flight’s departure. Air NZ check-in staff will verify this form is completed.

The Cook Islands to New Zealand: Before you depart the Cook Islands, all travellers (CI residents & visitors) must complete the mandatory online Nau Mai Ra contact tracing form as required by NZ Health & Immigration. You must have completed this form before you check-in for your flight. Air NZ check-in staff will verify this form is completed.

USE THIS LINK FOR THE FORM: https://cookislands.jotform.com/211307211673950

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A valid passport plus a return ticket (from countries other than New Zealand) allows you a stay of up to 31 days. Extensions may be granted on a monthly basis (upon application) for up to 5 months maximum; but remember to apply at least two weeks before your visa expires.

New Zealand citizens are allowed a stay of up to 90 days with a valid passport plus a return ticket. Extensions may be granted at either of these two levels for persons 15 years and older: Up to three months NZ$70, up to five months NZ$120. Children under 15 years of age are exempt from these charges, but must report to the Immigration Office for official paperwork to be completed. Remember to for any extension at least two weeks before your visa expires.

Be sure to check that your passport has at least 6 months validity before you start your vacation.

Passenger Arrival cards are handed to you during your flight here, or can be obtained immediately upon arrival.

CLEARING CUSTOMS

  • PERSONAL EFFECTS: including sports equipment are exempt from duty.
  • ALCOHOL: Maximum of 2 litres (mixture or not) of spirits, wines or liqueurs. Or 4.5 litres of beer.
  • TOBACCO: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, or a mixture of both less than 250 grams in total.
  • GOODS IN EXCESS OF $750 could be liable for duty.
  • FOOD ITEMS must be declared on arrival otherwise they could be confiscated.
  • FRUIT, VEGETABLES and plant products must be declared and will probably be confiscated.

CRUISING YACHTS

Sailors wanting to berth their yachts in Rarotonga’s Avatiu Harbour need to obtain moorings from the Harbourmaster at the Ports Authority: Phone (+682) 21921, PO Box 84 Rarotonga. Yachts visiting Aitutaki should contact the Aitutaki Harbourmaster: Phone (+682) 31050. If you are departing the Cook Islands by marine craft, you are required to pay a departure tax. For more information visit www.ports.co.ck and www.mfem.gov.ck



A passport and passenger arrival card are required to clear customs
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