A bona-fide visitor (any person who enters the Cook Islands
solely for recreation or vacation/holiday), does not require an
entry permit, provided he/she possesses proof of onward passage
(booked and paid) for stays of not more than 31 days.
Extension permits are usually granted for visitors wanting to stay
over 31 days. All visitors must have adequate financial means of
supporting their stay, hold valid tickets for their return journey to
a port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid
for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
New Zealand citizens travelling on New Zealand passports are not required
to have proof of onward passage. Refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration website for more details regarding Visitor Requirements.
Applications can be made upon
arrival at the Immigration Department. Extensions are granted on
a monthly basis, up to 5 additional months only. A fee is payable
with each application within 14 days before the expiration of the
permit. Extensions are granted at two levels: Up to three months
NZ$70.00 (15 years and older), up to five months NZ$120.00 (15 years
and older). Children under 15 years of age are exempt from charges
but must report to Immigration for official paperwork to be completed.
Those wanting to stay in the Cook Islands longer than 6 months
must apply for a visa from their home territory, before their arrival
in the Cook Islands. Please direct applications to:
Principal Immigration Officer
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
PO Box 105,
Rarotonga Ph: (682) 29347
COOK ISLANDS Fax: (682) 21247