Cook Islanders intending to travel to Australia can do so after the country reopened its borders to fully vaccinated visa holders on Sunday, welcoming the return of tourists, business travellers, and other visitors.
Travellers heading to the Cook Islands, including returning residents, are being reminded to check the details on their Covid-19 test certificates to ensure they fall within the required 48-hour pre-departure window.
The Arataki Cook Islands team are the Covid-19 health and safety officers responsible for the Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) that are required by travellers departing Rarotonga for the Pa Enua (by sea or air travel).
A leading Pacific health expert has called Cook Islands Government’s decision to keep its borders open to visitors ‘risky’ but welcomed additional measures as the country ramps up preparation to face Omicron.
The arrival terminal at the Rarotonga international airport was a flurry of activity yesterday afternoon for the first flight to mark the border reopening from Auckland, with masked tourism operators and families waiting to welcome guests and their loved ones back.
Health Ministry Te Marae Ora (TMO) has thanked local businesses Landholdings Ltd, Ocean Fresh and all of their staff, for their generous donation of a Covid-19 testing facility at the Rarotonga airport.
The executives of the Cook Islands Voyaging Society were beyond excited to receive a fresh watermaker, which will enhance life on Vaka Marumaru Atua for voyagers and also help the Pa Enua with their water supply where it’s needed.
Air Rarotonga have had a booming busy festive season with Aitutaki proving to be a popular holiday destination for Rarotonga locals who have made the most of local deals before the borders open to tourists on Thursday next week.
Families tucked under umbrellas with their ‘Welcome Home’ signs stood patiently at the Rarotonga International Airport to get a glimpse of their loved ones who arrived on the last repatriation flight for 2021 from Auckland yesterday.