Arriving tourists greeted by Kia Orana ambasasdors Aunty Lydia and Aunty Nane at the Rarotonga International Airport. 21052120
All future tourists to the Cook Islands aged 12 years and older need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, says Cook Islands government.
The only exemption will be for people with a
medical certificate, said a government press release.
The release said the Cook Islands would not
open its borders to New Zealand for quarantine-free travel until it was fully
confident there was no community transmission.
The government said this would likely mean New
Zealand would need to be in Covid-19 Alert Level 1.
The Cook Islands is also to remain at Alert
Level 2 until New Zealand has had 14 days without community transmission.
Prime Minister Mark Brown said: “As one of the
few countries in the world that has managed to keep Covid-19 out, we do not
want to do anything to jeopardise the safety of our people.”
“While we acknowledge that at some point in
the future all countries will need to learn to live with Covid-19, that time
has not yet come. We do not want an outbreak here. The impact on our health
resources as well as our economy would be devastating.”