What Does the Cook Islands Arrival Card Look Like?
During your flight or cruise to Rarotonga and the Cook Islands, part of the onboard entertainment includes filling out the Passenger Arrival Card. This card/form, once completed, must be handed over to Customs on arrival into Rarotonga. The form is displayed either on a double-sided narrow card or a foldable form, depending on if there is a Ministry of Health section to complete in relation to current public health concerns. It must be completed in English and for each individual passenger, even children.
In this quick guide to the Passenger Arrival Card for the Cook Islands, we’ll show you what the Passenger Arrival Card looks like, as well as a few tips for completing it.
Cook Islands Passenger Arrival Card – Immigration Declaration
The front of the green section of the Cook Islands Passenger Arrival Card looks like this and asks for your personal details, as well as immigration-related questions. For completing this side of the form, make sure you have both your arrival and departure travel tickets (flight tickets/boarding pass) and passport available, as you will need to use information from these documents.
A requirement for entering the Cook Islands as a visitor is that you have evidence of departure from the Cook Islands, so have your departure date and flight number/name of ship available. You also need the name of your accommodation/address, as well as your accommodation contact details so, again, make sure you have this information available to complete the form.
Cook Islands Passenger Arrival Card – Biosecurity and Customs Declaration
The back of the green section of the Cook Islands Passenger Arrival Card is your declaration about the countries you have visited in the last 40 days, as well as any biosecurity risk items you may have packed or have in your possession. The “Customs Declaration” section is your declaration of any goods that might be prohibited, restricted or subject to duty that you may have packed or have in your possession. There are a couple of health and character-related questions. Then you must sign and date the bottom section of the form.
The majority of questions on this side of the form ask simple Yes/No questions. Read each question carefully and tick “Yes” if you are unsure or don’t understand the question, as this just prompts the Customs Officer at the border to ask you more questions. You will not get into trouble for ticking “Yes” for any of the questions.
For more information on Customs, Health and Biosecurity, check out our complete guide: Arriving in Rarotonga: Airport Customs, Biosecurity & the Arrival Process and What to Declare When Arriving in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands.
Cook Islands Ministry of Health Notice and Form
Depending on the most recent public health concerns, there may be a section of the Cook Islands Passenger Arrival Card that gives relevant health advice.
There may also be a form from the Ministry of Health that has a series of Yes/No questions about any symptoms you might have, as well as your history of exposure to viruses and diseases. You will also need to provide personal details, such as your name, passport number, etc. and sign and date this form.
6 Tips for Completing the Cook Islands Passenger Arrival Card
- Pack a black- or blue-ink pen in your carry-on luggage. While pens are usually provided by the in-flight staff, it can take a while for them to give you one
- Passenger Arrival Cards are also available at the airport or at port, in case you miss getting a card during your flight or cruise
- Arrival Cards must be completed for every passenger, so be sure to complete one for each of your children (even infants) travelling with you
- On question 5, simply put “unemployed” if you don’t have an occupation or job
- For most holidaying in the Cook Islands, crossing “Visitor” for Question 7 and then “Holiday/Vacation” for Question 9 are usually the most relevant answers
- Answer the Biosecurity and Customs Declaration sections truthfully. If unsure, tick “Yes”. False declarations could incur a fine or confiscation of goods. Find out more in Arriving in Rarotonga: Airport Customs, Biosecurity & the Arrival Process.
More About the Passenger Arrival Card for Rarotonga and the Cook Islands
That’s it for our complete guide to the Cook Islands Passenger Arrival Card. For more forms that you need to complete and other essentials for passing through Customs, check out the following guides:
- What Documents Do I Need to Travel to Rarotonga & the Cook Islands?
- Cook Islands Tourist Visa: Do You Need a Visa to Visit Rarotonga & the Cook Islands?
- Arriving at Rarotonga Airport, Cook Islands: A Step-by-Step Guide
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Best Cook Islands Travel Guide.