Travel between the Cook Islands and New Zealand

Quarantine-free travel for travellers arriving in New Zealand from the Cook Islands.


Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to the Cook Islands is currently paused.

Quarantine-free travel from the Cook Islands |

Quarantine-free travel from the Cook Islands 

If you are in the the Cook Islands you can apply for any visa — you do not need a critical purpose or to submit an expression of interest for a visa. 


Visitor visas

Work visas

Student visas

Family visas

Normal visa processing timeframes apply. 


After arriving from the Cook Islands, if you leave New Zealand to travel to another country, for example Fiji and the US, and want to return to New Zealand you will need to have a critical purpose and submit an expression of interest.  

Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents in the Cook Islands 

Australian citizens can travel to New Zealand without applying for a visa or NZeTA before travelling. 

Australian permanent residents will need to request an NZeTA before travelling. 

Boarding the plane to travel to New Zealand 

To travel to New Zealand from the Cook Islands you must: 

  • be flying from the Cook Islands to New Zealand directly on a commercial aircraft operated by Air New Zealand, and 
  • have for at least 14 days before travelling to New Zealand been in either the Cook Islands or New Zealand.  

If you do not meet these criteria you will be denied boarding or refused entry to New Zealand. 

On arrival in New Zealand there are also health criteria you must meet. This includes: 

  • staying at least 2 metres away from anyone in the arrival airport who did not arrive from the Cook Islands, and 
  • wearing a face covering while in the arrival airport, and 
  • not had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days 
  • not have any COVID-19 symptoms, and 
  • not be waiting for a COVID-19 test result. 

Your health may be assessed on arrival. 

Quarantine-free travel from the Cook Islands to New Zealand | Covid-19 

Quarantine-free travel to the Cook Islands 

Travellers can stay in the Cook Islands as a tourist for up to 31 days. Normal immigration rules apply. 

Information for travellers |  

Download the CookSafe+ app to help with contact tracing if needed. Turn on Bluetooth tracing in the CookSafe+ app to keep track of the people you've been near. 

At all times in the Cook Islands carry your unique CookSafe QR Card. Scan this physical card at places you visit. You should receive your CookSafe QR Card on arrival in the Cook Islands.  

Travel from New Zealand to the Cook Islands |