Cook Islands visas, prohibited items and entry restrictions. To enter the Cook Islands you will need a valid visa and passport. You cannot bring any prohibited items into the Cook Islands, discard them in the bins provided at Rarotonga Airport.

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A holiday in the beautiful Cook Islands may be just what the doctor ordered. With stunning beaches, warm blue water and wide range of attractions and activities, the Cook Islands will have you extending your visa to stay as long as possible!

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Cook Islands Visa Information

Visitors to the Cook Islands must arrive with a return air ticket and are given 31 days entry on arrival. To extend this (on a monthly basis up to 6 months) you will need to visit the Immigration Office in the Cook Islands.

The maximum extension for visas in the Cook Islands is six months. You will need proof of funds to get an extension.

Officially, you must have a hotel reservation for your first night in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands.

Required Visa Documents

To obtain your Cook Islands visa you will need the following documents:

  • Passport with at least six months validity remaining
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Onward/return ticket
  • Proof of suitable accommodation

Cook Island Restrictions & Quarantined Items

As with other countries, the Cook Islands are strict on importation of fruits, vegetables, alcohol and other items.

Some restrictions on importing items into the Cook Islands include:

  • Liquor - 2 litres of wine or spirits or 4.5 litres of beer
  • Perfume - Personal use only
  • Goods - Up to a value of NZ$250
  • Cameras - No restrictions
  • Film - Reasonable amount
  • Gifts - Reasonable amount
  • Currency - No restrictions

Cook Island Prohibited Items

You cannot bring any foreign fruit, vegetables or other prohibited items into the Cook Islands. Throw them in the bin provided in the arrival area of Rarotonga Airport.

Items that are illegal to bring into the Cook Islands include:

  • Fruit
  • Meat
  • Livestock
  • Drugs
  • Naracotics
  • Indecent pornographic material
  • Fireworks
  • Firearms
  • Gunpowder
  • Ammunition

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