Our Moana Safety Promise & Travel Information
For Travel to the Cook Islands
The Cook Islands Government announced that two-way quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands will resume on 14 January 2022 (NZ time)
• Vaccinated travellers only
All visitors must be aged 12 years and over and must be fully vaccinated or provide a certified medical exemption. Children under 12 years of age will be permitted to enter the Cook Islands once children between 5-11 years of age in New Zealand have begun being vaccinated.
• COVID-19 test required before departure
Travellers must take a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before departure and show the negative result at departure and on arrival. No test is required on arrival in the Cook Islands. Travel to Aitutaki is permitted, with the only requirement being that travellers will undergo a Rapid Antigen Test before boarding their flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki. A further test may be required on Aitutaki.
• Only open to New Zealand
This travel corridor is only open between New Zealand and the Cook Islands, and the Cook Islands maritime border remains closed.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRAVEL TO THE COOK ISLANDS:
Before your trip:
To fly quarantine-free, you will need to spend a minimum of 14 days before your date of departure in either New Zealand or the Cook Islands.
All visitors to the Cook Islands are required to be fully vaccinated or provide a certified medical exemption. This means that only those aged over 12 years will qualify until New Zealand begins its vaccination of children.
Learn more about quarantine-free travel between the Cook Islands and New Zealand.
Check the Cook Islands Government travel restrictions for the latest information.
You must take a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before departure and show the negative result at departure and on arrival. No test is required on arrival in the Cook Islands.
A Rapid Antigen Test will be required before boarding a flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki. A further test may be required on Aitutaki.
Check the Cook Islands Government health criteria for the latest information.
You must complete the Te Marae Ora Online contact form within 72 hours of departure. Once submitted, you will receive a copy to the email you provided. You must present this receipt at check-in, in order to board your flight.
You will need to complete documentation prior to travelling back to New Zealand. We recommend that you complete this Nau Mai Rā travel declaration before you leave New Zealand for the Cook Islands.
You will need to download the free CookSafe+ app to your mobile device and have bluetooth switched on at all times while you are in the Cook islands.
Your safety is our priority
The Cook Islands Promise is a national commitment to protect all Cook Island residents and international visitors from the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus widely known as COVID-19. We are extremely thankful that our nation has remained COVID free throughout this global pandemic.
Here at the Moana Sands Group, we have introduced the following elevated hygiene and prevention measures to ensure your peace of mind when you stay with us:-
• Implementation of highest level cleaning programme in public areas, with frequent disinfection of all high touch areas
• Reinforced room cleaning and disinfection protocol, including extra disinfection of high touch room and bathroom areas
• Pragmatic physical distancing in all common areas
• Sanitiser provided in key public places
• Contactless check-in, check-out and payments carried out wherever possible
• Dedicated Moana Sands airport transfers with high level procedures in place
• Participation in national CookSafe and CookSafe+ programmes
Your Airport Transfers
As a precaution, we encourage all passengers to wear a mask whilst in the shuttle bus. For your peace of mind, our Moana Sands dedicated driver will also be wearing a mask, and we will have a CookSafe scanner and hand sanitiser station available at the shuttle.
We strongly recommend guests bring their own snorkelling equipment. Whilst we offer courtesy use of equipment and carry out high level of cleaning and disinfecting after each usage, we recommend guests bring their own.
When you arrive, we recommend CookSafe
CookSafe is part of a national programme to protect the Cook Islands from the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus widely known as COVID-19. CookSafe is a voluntary contact tracing (not tracking) system. You can check in and check out of participating businesses around the island, such as hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants. Your participation means you are a part of the national effort to keep the Cook Islands Covid-19 free, for which we thank you. To register for CookSafe, complete the simple form which will be handed to all passengers on your arriving flight into Rarotonga.