COVID DELTA RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE: Please continue to check official communications on this evolving situation on the Cook Islands COVID website at and the New Zealand Government Unite Against Covid website

New Zealand to the Cook Islands:

The Cook Islands Government has indicated that re-opening the border with New Zealand, for quarantine-free travel, will not happen until they are fully confident that there is no community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand. This will likely occur when New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. All future visitors to the Cook Islands, aged 12 years and above, will need to be fully vaccinated (except those with a medical certificate).

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS When travel restrictions are lifted…

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.


  • 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.


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 and

A passport and passenger arrival card are required to clear customs
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