Kiwis will be able to visit the Cook Islands without having to quarantine in either country from May 17.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the start date for the long-awaited two-way, quarantine-free travel bubble on Monday

“The Cook Islands are in a stronger position to prevent, detect and manage any potential Covid-19 outbreak, which means a two-way travel bubble can now proceed,” she said.

“A green travel zone between the Cooks and New Zealand will allow families to reconnect, commercial arrangements to resume, and tourism in the Cooks to kick off once again. This will all provide a boost to the Cook Island’s economy and help in the country’s recovery from the impacts of Covid-19.”

Air New Zealand is set to fly to the Rarotonga two to three times a week from May 17 on Boeing 787-9 aircraft. From June 7 to 27, the airline will fly to the Cooks three to four times a week.

To be eligible to travel, customers will need to have been in New Zealand for at least 14 days. Screening questions will be asked at check-in and passengers will be required to wear face masks on board.


 

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