Do you need a visa for the Cook Islands?

There are no visa requirements for the Cook Islands, as long as you're visiting solely for tourism or recreation purposes. New Zealand nationals can stay for up to 90 days, while nationals from all other countries can visit for up to 31 days. Your passport will be stamped by an immigration officer when you arrive at Rarotonga Airport. If you intend to holiday in the Cook Islands for longer than 31 days (or 91 days if you're from New Zealand), you'll need to get an entry-on-arrival permit at the immigration counter. You can also extend your holiday once you're here, but you'll need to submit your application at least two weeks before the expiry date on your passport stamp. Extensions are usually granted on a monthly basis for a maximum stay of up to six months.

Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's best to check for the latest information before you set off on your trip. If you have any questions or concerns, you can get in touch with your nearest embassy or high commission to confirm your visa requirements.

Last updated: 5 August 2023

Cook Islands entry requirements

Although international travellers can visit the Cook Islands without a visa or entry permit, all travellers need to meet the following requirements:

  • Travellers from New Zealand and Australia must hold a passport valid for at least seven days after the intended period of stay; travellers from all other countries must have a passport valid for at least six months after the intended period of stay
  • You must be able to provide confirmation of your onward or return flights (excluding New Zealand nationals)
  • You must be able to prove you're travelling for tourism purposes (e.g., a copy of your travel or tour confirmation email, hotel reservations, etc.)
  • You must be able to prove you have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your holiday
  • You must meet the Cook Islands' COVID-19 travel and entry requirements

The page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates.

Last updated: 5 August 2023

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