Supervised Quarantine on Arrival Requirements

From 11.59pm on 25 March 2020, all travellers boarding an aircraft to the Cook Islands must undertake a minimum of 14 days of Supervised Quarantine in an approved facility on arrival which must be registered with TMO Health Officials.

Supervised Quarantine on Arrival Requirements

Supervised Quarantine on Arrival Requirements

If passengers are placed in managed accommodation for the 14 day low-level quarantine isolation period, further information will be provided on what will happen after that by TMO Health officials, including planned transport through domestic flights.

If passengers have a suitable self-isolation plan and transport arrangements. They'll also be checked on by Police or TMO Health Officials and the Punas within 72 hours to ensure they are in self-isolation.


A suitable plan must meet all of the following eight (8) criteria:

  1. They have not been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  2. 2. They don’t have COVID-19 symptoms;
  3. They have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results;
  4. They haven’t been in close contact with someone with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days;
  5. They have a suitable place to complete their self-isolation (private residence). They must not self-isolate with “at-risk people” (e.g. those over 60 years of age, those with medical conditions, pregnant women etc). Further details on “at-risk people” available on the COVID-19 website.
  6. They must reach their self-isolation location (private residence) within an hour of arriving to Cook Islands;
  7. They will not use rental cars, lease cars, public transport (taxis, Uber, buses, domestic flights etc) to travel to their self-isolation location (private residence);
  8. They must use a private car to take them directly to this self-isolation location – either:
    1. a self-drive private car already parked at the airport
    2. a private car driven by someone living at their intended self-isolation location, e.g. someone within their “bubble” at the same address. (Note that only the driver should travel to the airport to pick them up – i.e. no passengers from their intended self-isolation destination.)



Guidelines for travelling home to complete their 14 day self-isolation period:

Private cars:

  • Please travel home from the international airport using the most direct route:
    • Acceptable: Private cars (self-drive or pick up by someone living at their intended self-isolation location)
    • Not acceptable: Rental cars, lease cars, public transport (taxis, Uber, buses, domestic flights etc)



  • While moving through the airport and then driving home, please observe best hygiene practices, including covering their coughs and sneezes, washing their hands/using hand sanitiser; and avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Read more on the self-isolation page.

Physical distancing:

  • They must have no face-to-face contact closer than 2 metres with anybody except those in the private car (i.e. those living at their intended self-isolation location).

Feeling unwell:

  • If they feel unwell please call your local Puna EOC immediately.


For further information on health advice, or information visit the Ministry of Health COVID-19 website.