New Zealanders can travel to the Cook Islands today without having to quarantine. 

Five months after a border closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Cook Islands bubble has reopened on Friday. 

All travellers must be over 12 and fully vaccinated. When the five to 11-year-old population of both countries are vaccinated, they will be allowed to travel to the Cook Islands as well. 

A negative PCR Covid-19 test must also been taken at least 48 hours before departure, and shown on departure and arrival.

Visitors will be required to complete a Cook Islands contact form no more than 96 hours before departing New Zealand. 

Travel to the island of Aitutaki is allowed with no further test needed for those connecting straight through from Rarotonga, but travellers who are staying in Rarotonga before going to Aitutaki will need to take a Rapid Antigen Test before boarding their domestic flight.

Travellers will be required to download the Cooksafe+ Bluetooth app as well as use their personal Cooksafe QR code card given on arrival.

This is mandatory for any contact tracing required.

Top Image: People with masks on a flight. Photo: iStock

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