Aitutaki's One Foot Island. PHOTO: COOK ISLANDS TOURISM. 20122909
Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have announced two-way quarantine-free travel will commence between the two countries on May 16.
In making the announcement,
both leaders said the opening of the bubble is pending final confirmation from
Secretary Bob Williams from Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health and New Zealand’s
Director-General of Health.
start our journey of recovery. Today we get back to business,” said Prime
Minister Mark Brown.
“Today with our
joint confirmation of the (16 May), we give our people, and particularly our
industry the certainty necessary to institute remaining preparatory steps to
once more welcome visitors to our shores.”
“It will mean
families can reconnect, commercial arrangements can resume and Kiwis can take a
much-welcomed winter break and support the Cook Islands’ tourism sector and
recovery,” added NZ PM Ardern.
As part of the bubble arrangement, travellers
will have to have been in either the Cook Islands or New Zealand for at least
14 days before travel.
There will be no
requirement for a pre-departure Covid-19 test, but travellers will have to submit
a travel declaration and there will be random health checks at airports.
government is continuing its work on a vaccine rollout and further details
would be provided in the “next few weeks”.