As from 6th September 2022, COVID-19 vaccination requirements have been removed and no longer apply for travel and entry to the Cook Islands by Aircraft and Sea vessel.
The news comes as airlift into the country has been increased, with Air Rarotonga’s new route from Rarotonga (RAR) to Pape’ete (PPT) having launched on 13th August. This was welcome news following the Cook Islands borders re-opening to international visitors from 2nd May 2022.
Cook Islands is located between French Polynesia and American Samoa. It comprises 15 islands and has a population of around 17,500. It is self-governing in ‘free association’ with New Zealand. Cook Islands is part of the Realm of New Zealand and the Head of State is the Queen of New Zealand. Home to vivid blue lagoons, sandstone churches, swaying palms, locals with exuberant smiles, a lush mountainous landscape and a bustling café and bar scene, the island offers plenty of ways to pass the time.
Author: Deb Davad