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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

 

Kia Orana NZ - The Cook Islands border is open from 13 Jan 22 (CKT) for two-way quarantine free travel and once open, we stay open.

The Cook Islands are truly blessed to remain COVID-19 free – one of the few countries in the world that can make that claim!

 

For the latest up-to-date information follow the links below:

>>>> Travel Advisory Cook Islands - click HERE <<<<

>>>> Travel Advisory New Zealand - click HERE <<<<

FAQS:

DO I HAVE TO BE VACCINATED TO TRAVEL TO THE COOK ISLANDS?

Yes, you must be 12 years and over and be fully vaccinated. You must show proof of vaccination to enable you to board your flight. Once NZ begins vaccinating its children 5-11 years, under 12’s will be permitted entry, provided they are fully vaccinated.

WILL I NEED TO PROVIDE A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST BEFORE I TRAVEL TO THE COOK ISLANDS?

Yes, all travellers will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure to the Cook Islands. This also needs to be shown on arrival in the Cook Islands. No test is required on arrival in the Cook Islands.

Travel to Aitutaki is permitted, however you may be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test prior to boarding your flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki, and another test on arrival into Aitutaki also.

ARE THERE ANY FORMS I MUST FILL OUT PRIOR TO TRAVELLING?

Yes, every traveller must complete the >>>Cook Islands Ministry of Health travel declarationno more than 72 hours before departing New Zealand. You will not be able to board the plane if you have not completed it. It mainly asks you about your travel plans and contact details. Everyone travelling must complete the declaration, or have one completed for them.

You also need to complete the >>>NZ Nau Mai Rā travel declaration form before you fly back to New Zealand. It is a good idea to complete this form before you leave New Zealand for the Cook Islands, so you don’t have to worry about it while you’re on holiday.

DOES THE COOK ISLANDS HAVE CONTACT TRACING?

Yes, all travellers will be required to use >>>CookSafe and CookSafe+ which are the two official contact tracing systems in the Cook Islands. CookSafe is a unique QR Card every traveller gets given that is used to tag in at CookSafe stations, and CookSafe+ is a contact tracing app which uses smartphone Bluetooth technology to register other CookSafe+ App users and NZ Covid Tracer App users in your vicinity.

COVID-19 Safety. Our dedicated team here at Ikurangi Eco Retreat are committed to keeping you safe during your stay with us:

  • The overall layout of our property gives us an advantage as all structures are stand-alone with open-air access allowing for greater ventilation and air flow. Each guestroom has its own exterior entrance, a large front deck and all have been strategically placed to ensure space and privacy between rooms
  • Physical distancing is made easy with your complimentary breakfast served directly to your room
  • We have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols using Enviro-Giene, an eco-friendly cleanser that eliminates coronavirus
  • We offer “opt-in” (normal housekeeping) or “opt-out” (restricted social distancing housekeeping)
  • Antibacterial hand sanitiser is available in all public areas which are but two, being our reception area and communal studio
  • Our snorkelling equipment is sanitised and stored in an antibacterial solution

The Cook Islands Promise

The Cook Islands have developed ‘The Cook Islands Promise’ which is a joint commitment to protect all Cook Islands residents, and international visitors, from the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus widely known as COVID-19.
Developed by Cook Islands Tourism in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister and Te Marae Ora, the Cook Islands Promise includes some basic measures when applied will help to safeguard you says, Dr Aumea Herman Secretary of Health.
Our commitment to your safety in paradise works across 3 zones; the General Zone, the Explore Zone and the Stay Zone. Each zone requires actions from us your hosts, and from you, our visitors. >>>read more