Travel Summary

TRAVEL INFORMATION

TRAVEL INFORMATION: Accommodation and Travel form and travel dates must be completed online for transportation to be arranged before your arrival into Cook Islands.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM ALL HOTELS TO CONFERENCE VENUES: TAU will be providing free transportation to and from the hotel and between the conference venues during the conference week. Please look out for the name of your hotel on the buses.

GROUND TRANSFER FROM COOK ISLANDS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Rarotonga International Airport is located in the town and the district of Avarua.

Shuttle services should be prearranged for transfers to and from the airport by the delegates with the hotels of their choices; delegates are to check with their respective hotels when making bookings as this is a charged service.

TRAVEL INFORMATION: Accommodation and Travel form and travel dates must be completed online for transportation to be arranged before your arrival into Cook Islands.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM ALL HOTELS TO CONFERENCE VENUES: TAU will be providing free transportation to and from the hotel and between the conference venues during the conference week. Please look out for the name of your hotel on the buses.

GROUND TRANSFER FROM RAROTONGA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Rarotonga International Airport is located in the town and district of Avarua, Rarotonga, 3km west of the downtown area on the northern coast.

Shuttle services should be prearranged for transfers to and from the airport by the delegates with the hotels of their choices; delegates are to check with their respective hotels when making bookings as this is a charged service.

AIRLINE SERVICES:

Please refer to links below for the monthly flight schedules;

  1. February 2019 – https://www.ppa.org.fj/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/RAR-Flight-Schedule-Information_Update-25-Feb-19.pdf
  1. Avis Cook Islands

CITC Shopping Centre Complex

Main Road

Avarua, Rarotonga

Cook Islands

Tel: +682 22 833

Website: http://www.aviscookislands.com/

  1. Polynesian Rental Cars

2 St Joseph Road, Avarua, Rarotonga

Cook Islands

Tel: +682 24 227

Website: https://www.polynesianhire.co.ck/

  1. Sweet As Car Rentals

Email: info@sweetasrentals.com

Tel: +682 55668

Website: http://www.sweetasrentals.com/

CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS: All delegates are requested to provide a list of items being shipped to Cook Islands for the event at least a month prior to the conference to ensure timely clearance of these items by TAU. Delegates shipping food or wooden items will need to advise PPA who will then work with TAU to clear these items arrival to Cook Islands. Also these food and wooden items need to have quarantine clearance from the country of origin.

IMMIGRATION & VISA REQUIREMENTS:

Entry requirements

As a visitor – any person who enters the Cook Islands solely for recreation or holiday – you will need a valid passport and a return ticket. This allows you to stay up to 31 days in the Cook Islands.

Extensions may be granted on a monthly basis for up to five months. New Zealand citizens automatically qualify for a 90-day stay. For extensions, you will need to apply 2 weeks before your permit expires.

Visitors intending to join a tourist boat or yacht

Visitors who want to join a tourist boat, yacht or other sea-going vessel to travel beyond the Cook Islands must apply for permission to enter via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI).

For more information regarding any immigration issue, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) directly by email on immigration2@cookislands.gov.ck or call +682 29347

Tip: Make sure you check the expiry date on your passport before you travel.

DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES:

One of the most important things to check up on when planning a visit to a country is its customs laws and banned items. The Cook Islands has a reasonable limit for duty-free items if you are over the age of 18.

  • Smokers can take in 200 cigarettes, or 250g of tobacco, or 50 cigars.
  • And drinkers can take 2 litres of wine, or 4.5 litres of beer, two litres of spirits, liqueur, or other spirits beverages.
  • You may take in goods worth up to $250 and your own perfumes.

What you can’t take into the Cook Islands

Banned imports to the Cook Islands include fruit, meat, livestock, drugs, indecent or pornographic material, fireworks, firearms, gunpowder and ammunition.

DRESS ATTAIRE FOR THE CONFERENCE: Cotton slacks and short sleeve shirts are advised for men and cotton dresses, skirts and tops are advised for women.

COOK ISLANDS DRIVING LICENCE: Cook Islanders drive on the left-hand side of the road and the maximum speed is 50km per hour. In town areas it is 30km per hour. If you have a current driver’s license from your home country you can drive a car in the Cook Islands on that license.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Please contact Reena Suliana, PPA Secretariat on Tel: (679) 3306 022 or send an email to: ppa@ppa.org.fj.