UPDATED Cook Islands Travel Advisory on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Today Prime Minister Henry Puna announced increased border measures designed to further protect the health of the people of the Cook Islands from pandemic Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“From tomorrow, anyone intending to enter Rarotonga from any country with the exception of New Zealand is required to self-quarantine for 14 days in New Zealand. This includes Cook Islanders returning from countries other than New Zealand. This enhanced border measure will be in place until 18 April 2020 and is subject to weekly review.
“Flights from Australia, French Polynesia and the United States are postponed until 18 April 2020 and are also subject to weekly review.
“A temporary ban on all cruise ships, pleasure crafts and yachts entering Cook Islands waters will be effective from tomorrow and at this stage through to 30 June 2020, subject to weekly review.
“As a result of these interventions the Cook Islands will strengthen their border restrictions. We believe interventions like these coupled with our people becoming well versed with social distancing practises are our best hope in minimising the impact COVID-19 will have on our country and on our people.