Travel into the Cook Islands
Most travellers into the Cook Islands arrive by air with Air New Zealand as the major airline servicing the country from three direct destinations with Virgin Australia Airline, Jet Star Airline and Air Tahiti airline regularly servicing the country. To make sure your travel into the Cook Islands goes smoothly there are things that you need to know before you embark on your journey. All items that are brought into the country must be declared to a Biosecurity officer on your arrival card. These items can be a potential carrier of pests and disease, weeds, and weed seeds which pose a threat to our environment so declare it if you are unsure.
If you have used equipment which you are not sure if it needs an inspection to declare it. All equipment must be cleaned, free from soil and other contaminants.
This equipment include:
Hiking equipment, tents, camping equipment, vet supplies, garden equipment
Sporting equipment and footwear
Fishing and water activity equipment.
|All food items brought into the Cook Islands must be declared, including Meat, Dairy products, Eggs, Honey and honey products, Seeds for human consumption. No animal product is allowed from French PolynesiaPlease note: No fruits and vegetables are allowed. People with special food requirements need to contact Biosecurity Cook Islands before arrival for items that may require permit.
|Animal skin items, Feathers, Shells – These require some treatment and must be declared on the arrival card or to a Biosecurity officer
Endangered Species (CITES)
|Although not a party to CITES, the Cook Islands do comply with the CITES agreement. By supporting CITES and not buying goods made from endangered species, you are helping save these rare plants and animals.The goods include turtle shell artefacts, clam shells, corals, plant and animal products covered under the CITES agreement are not allowed into the Cook Islands except with a CITES permit issued by the Department of Conservation in the country of origin.
|Sporting & Camping Equipment
Tents & FootwearBefore you enter the Cook Islands, make sure your tent is clean inside and outside. This includes the pegs and poles which can be done by cleaning with water for soil and organic material.
All hiking and sporting footwear should be properly cleaned prior to departure from country of origin.
(Items that might be inspected should packed in an easily accessible place in the check-in luggage)
|Plant and Plant Products
Plant products – Dried flowers, Straw and corn souvenirs, Fresh cut flowers and foliage,Wood products – Items made of bamboo, cane, rattan, straw, & wood
(Some plant materials may require an import permit and fumigation or treatment)
These must be declared on the arrival card and/or to a biosecurity officer on arrival.
|For further inquiries please email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Departure of Travellers from the Cook Islands
To avoid any problems with the officials in country of travel, you may need to enquire on the requirements for taking back souvenirs from the Cook Islands.
Plant and Plant products
Shell/Shell Leis /Souvenirs/
Wood Products – artefacts/phytosanitary certification maybe required but enquire with the Biosecurity ServiceHats – made from coconut fronds – same as above
A CITES permit is required from the Cook Islands National Environment Services (NES) before taking any shells or corals out of the country. Contact No. (682) 21256 or
Email: [email protected]