Cook Islands Travel Information
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the authorities
have implemented measures for visitors, among other
things. a. Entry restrictions. Foreign nationals have
been introduced for foreign nationals who have traveled
from (or in transit through) specific countries within
14 days before arriving in the Cook Islands. For more
information about coronavirus and travel restrictions,
see the section Health.
Most trips to the Cook Islands are completed without
any special problems. Theft of valuables, poor road
standards and transport safety, poorer safety standards
especially in risk sports and when transporting by boat
between islands can occur. Special precautions should be
taken during the hurricane season, from November to
The closest Norwegian consulate is to Fiji. Norway
also has two consulates in New Zealand, one in
Wellington and one in Auckland. Responsible Norwegian
Embassy for the Cook Islands is the Norwegian Embassy in
Canberra. The risk of terrorist incidents in the Cook
Islands is considered low.
The Cook Islands have severe penalties for drug
There is little crime on the Cook Islands. Theft of
valuables such as cash, jewelry, camera, mobile phone
etc. are the most common criminal acts aimed at
It is recommended to make copies of passports,
tickets, bank cards, etc., and keep them separately from
the original documents. It is not recommended to keep
credit cards, cash and travelers checks together. Spread
the risk so that you will not be able to pay in case of
There is left-hand traffic on the Cook Islands. The
road standard on the Cook Islands is poor, and there
will often be people and animals on the road.
Motorcyclists in particular are prone to road accidents.
The safety standard is poorer than what you are used
to, especially in the area of risk sports and
transport by boat between the islands. Consult locally
for safe areas for swimming and other water sports.
The Cook Islands can be hit by tropical storms,
hurricanes and cyclones with strong winds and large
amounts of rainfall with subsequent danger of flooding
and landslides. The hurricane season is from November to
April. Cook Islands may also be affected by a tsunami.
Look for messages and advice from local authorities
both before, during and after an emergency. If you need
assistance, contact the Norwegian Embassy in Canberra.
General precautions for natural disasters in Oceania can
be found here.
In a crisis situation where there is reason to
believe that family and friends may be concerned, the
embassy encourages Norwegians in the affected areas to
contact family members in Norway. Family members can
also contact the local authorities in the affected
areas. Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
Local emergency numbers are as follows: ambulance
998, fire 996, police 999, The Hurricane Center +682 22
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa for stays of up
to 31 days on the Cook Islands. One has to pay the exit
tax in advance when leaving. It is forbidden to import
fruits and plants into the Cook Islands. Passport must
be valid for up to six months after scheduled departure
A visa is not required for tourist visits up to 31
days, provided that you can present a valid passport,
tickets for your return journey as well as documentation
of financing and residence during your stay. Passport
must be valid for up to six months after scheduled
departure date. For the latest updated information on
travel destinations to the Cook Islands see here or
contact the nearest embassy. Although Norwegian citizens
are visa-free to a country, only passports that are
approved as identification documents. It is the
responsibility of the traveler to ensure that travel
documents, any visa, etc. are valid.
A departure tax of NZD 55 for adults and NZD 15 for
children between two and two years must be paid on
departure. Payment can be made to Westpac Bank's
branches either in the capital Rarotonga or at Rarotonga
It is forbidden to import fruits and plants into the
Cook Islands. All food must also be cleared by the
customs authorities before importation.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Due to the
prevalence of the virus, the Cook Islands authorities
have introduced entry refusal for foreign nationals who
have traveled from (or in transit through) specific
countries within 14 days before arriving in the Cook
Islands. Information on the measures and the countries
in question can be found on the Ministry of Health
website. It is the authorities of the Cook Islands who
are responsible for updating the web pages.
Norwegian travelers should also keep abreast of the
development of the coronavirus, as well as keep up to
date with guidance and instructions from the authorities
on the Cook Islands.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
When traveling to the Cook Islands you should be
careful with mosquito protection, outbreaks of dengue
fever occur. Treatment services in hospitals are limited
and in severe cases evacuation to New Zealand or
Australia will be necessary.
See the National Institute of Public Health's
recommendations regarding vaccination for foreign
travel. There are outbreaks of dengue fever, which is a
viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. The mosquito
species that transmit the virus often stay in and around
towns and cities and usually sting during the day.
Malaria is not found on the Cook Islands. There are no
poisonous animals or insects.
There is no pressure chamber that can treat diving
sickness. The nearest treatment center is in New
Zealand. Therefore, make sure you have good travel
insurance and check carefully what the insurance covers
Fountains in Rarotonga should be safe to drink, but
first it is recommended to consult locally. Boil the
water or drink bottled water outside Rarotonga.
The area code for phone calls to the Cook Islands is
+682. The Cook Islands are located eleven-twelve hours
behind Norway, depending on the summer and winter time.
Visa, Mastercard, Diners and Amex can be used in most
hotels, restaurants and shops. For the use of foreign
mobile phones, a local sim card must be obtained.
Power uses 240V and three-point plugs.
The area code for calls from Norway to the Cook Islands
is +682. In order to use a foreign mobile phone you have
to buy a local SIM card and prepaid card. It is only
mobile coverage for locally purchased sim card and cash
card at Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
Visa, Mastercard, Diners and Amex can be used in most
hotels, restaurants and shops. There are only a few ATMs
and only at Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Shops, post offices
and banks are normally open Monday to Friday 0800-1600.
Most shops are open on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. See
overview of holidays and holidays.
It is not common to give tips on the Cook Islands. In
most contexts it will be considered vulgar to bargain at
the stated price. It may be perceived as insulting to
the locals to go for light clothing outside beaches and
tourist hotels. Topless sunbathing is also considered
insulting. Camping is illegal. Cook Islands is an