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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown have announced that from 17 May, two-way quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands can commence. Travellers in both directions will not have to go into managed isolation or self-isolation when they arrive. Travellers from the Cook Islands can already enter New Zealand without having to go into managed isolation.

All other normal entry requirements, for example immigration and biosecurity, apply.

The SafeTravel advice level for the Cook Islands will move down to level two “Exercise increased caution” on that date.

Travellers should check the conditions and any entry requirements in the Cook Islands before travelling. This can be done here.

Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands does not include Australia. You must spend 14 full days in New Zealand before you can continue your journey through to the Cook Islands or Australia.

If community cases occur in New Zealand or the Cook Islands, the Government could pause quarantine-free travel for a time to assess the risk or it could suspend travel for a longer period of time. Travellers should have a plan and be prepared for travel plans to be disrupted. Before they travel, travellers should register their details with SafeTravel so that they can receive up to date travel advice. It is also important that travellers get travel insurance and check their policy carefully. Read more information about travel insurance here.

Detailed information about quarantine-free travel can be found on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

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