All passengers arriving and staying in the Cook Islands must clear Immigration and Customs at Rarotonga International Airport. This includes passengers transiting en-route to an outer island. International transit passengers instead proceed through security screening and return to the departure gate to re-board their aircraft.
There is no departure tax payable at the airport as it is included in all international tickets.
Bona fide visitors do not require an entry permit for a stay up to 31 days. Except New Zealand passport holders, the passport needs to be valid for at least six months past the arrival date in the Cook Islands. For extended stays or if you are visiting on business, more detailed information is available on the IATA Travel Center on Cook Islands Immigration
Quarantine- Importation of fruit and vegetables by passengers is prohibited however meat from New Zealand is acceptable if properly packaged.
Full information on Customs and Quarantine Rules can be viewed on IATA Travel Centre.
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