COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ARE CURRENTLY IN PLACE. From 19th June 2020 entry is permitted to Cook Islanders and Work Permit residents ONLY, provided they have been present in New Zealand for at least 30 days prior, and whose main purpose of travel is to return home, or to take up or resume employment. Refer to our home page for the latest Covid-19 information.

WHEN COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED THE FOLLOWING WILL APPLY: 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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