Cook Islands Tourist Visa: Do You Need a Visa to Visit Rarotonga & the Cook Islands?
Cook Islands Tourist Visa: Do You Need a Visa to Visit Rarotonga & the Cook Islands?

Cook Islands Tourist Visa: Do You Need a Visa to Visit Rarotonga & the Cook Islands?

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A Guide to Tourist / Visitor Visas for the Cook Islands

With a reputation of being a welcoming country, it’s no surprise that entry into the Cook Islands is incredibly easy. There are no “visa-free countries” list and no visa applications; nationals from all of the world’s countries can visit Rarotonga and the Cook Islands for up to 31 days (or longer if you’re from New Zealand). Of course, you will need a passport and to meet the entry requirements for your visa to be permitted on arrival. We go through all of the requirements of a visitor visa and more in this complete guide to the Cook Islands tourist visa!

Do I Need a Passport to Visit the Cook Islands?

Yes, you do need a passport for visiting the Cook Islands. You will be required to show your passport both before boarding your flight to the Cook Islands and on arrival in Rarotonga.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months (or seven days for New Zealand and Australian citizens) after the date you intend to leave the Cook Islands. In other words, the date that you state on your Passenger Arrival Card. If your passport is valid for less than six months beyond the intended period of stay, then you need to seek authority to enter the Cook Islands from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration.

For more travel documents to prepare, check out What Documents Do I Need to Travel to Rarotonga & the Cook Islands?

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Do I Need a Visa for Rarotonga and the Cook Islands?

There are no visas required for visiting the Cook Islands. All visitors arriving in the Cook Islands are automatically issued a visitors permit providing they meet the current entry requirements.

Cook Islands Visa Requirements (Entry Requirements)

  • For all international passport holders (excluding New Zealand and Australian citizens), you must have a passport that is valid for a period of at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the Cook Islands.
  • For all New Zealand and Australian passport holders, you must have a passport valid for a period of at least seven days beyond your intended period of stay in the Cook Islands.
  • You must have evidence of a valid outbound ticket or return ticket to your port of origin.
  • You must have proof of accommodation during your stay in the Cook Islands.
  • You must meet the current entry requirements – see Cook Islands Tourism’s Travel Advisory page for the latest entry requirements.

For more information about having proof of your outbound or return ticket, as well as proof of accommodation, see Arriving in Rarotonga: Airport Customs, Biosecurity & the Arrival Process.

What are the Cook Islands’ Visa-Free Countries?

All countries for visitor travel to the Cook Islands are visa-free! Although a common requirement of visiting many countries, you don’t have to be from a specific country to enjoy visiting the Cook Islands visa-free.

Do You Need a Vaccine to Visit the Cook Islands?

There are no current vaccination mandates to enter the Cook Islands. We list all the recommended and/or mandatory vaccines for a visit to the Cook Islands in our article Do You Need Vaccines to Travel to Rarotonga & the Cook Islands?

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The Conditions of Cook Islands Tourist Visas

What does the Cook Islands tourist visa allow you to do in the Cook Islands (i.e. the permit that you are automatically granted upon entry)? Here’s a quick rundown of the conditions of your Cook Islands tourist visa.

  • For all international passport holders (excluding New Zealand citizens), the Cook Islands tourist visa allows you a stay of up to 31 days in the Cook Islands.
  • For all New Zealand passport holders, the Cook Islands tourist visas allow you a stay of up to 90 days in the Cook Islands.
  • Cook Islands tourist visas do not enable you to legally work in the Cook Islands.

For staying longer in the Cook Islands, as well as how to obtain a Work Permit or Residency, check out our guide, How Long Can You Stay in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands on a Visitor Visa?

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tourist Visas for the Cook Islands

Finally, what are the most common questions that people ask about tourist visas for the Cook Islands? We go through some of them here!

No, you do not need a visa to visit the Cook Islands. You just need to meet the current entry requirements for the Cook Islands, which are detailed in the “Cook Islands Visa Requirements” section above.

You don’t need to get a visa for visiting Rarotonga. You do need a visa, however, if you want to work and/or live on Rarotonga.

No, Indian passport holders do not need a visa for the Cook Islands if they are just visiting. You must still comply with the entry requirements, however, which are detailed in the “Cook Islands Visa Requirements” section above.

No, you do not need a visa for the Cook Islands from Australia if you are visiting for no more than 31 days. See the “Cook Islands Visa Requirements” section above for entry requirements for visitors.

No, Filipinos do not need a visa for the Cook Islands if just visiting for no more than 31 days. See the “Cook Islands Visa Requirements” section above for entry requirements for visitors.

What is the Cook Islands Immigration Website?

The Cook Islands immigration website is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration which is mfai.gov.ck.

More About the Cook Islands Tourist and Visitor Visa

That’s it for our guide to the Cook Islands tourist visa and visas for visiting Rarotonga and the Cook Islands. For more talk about visa and travel documents, check out the following guides:

Finally, for the complete entry process for arriving in the Cook Islands, see Arriving at Rarotonga Airport, Cook Islands: A Step-by-Step Guide.

Author

Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Cook Islands Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, a local government body representing the tourism industry. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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