Cook Islands Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
EU Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No

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A passport valid for six months beyond the period of stay is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except for Australians, who must hold a passport valid for at least seven days beyond the period of stay.

Passport note

As well as a valid passport, all nationals must be in possession of a return ticket and sufficient funds to cover their stay.


Visas are not required for visits to the Cook Islands for tourist and business stays of up to 31 days.

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the high commission or embassy to check visa requirements.

Extension of stay

You can extend your length of stay on a monthly basis at the immigration department up to a maximum of six months. You must do this at least five days before the end of your authorised period of stay. A fee of NZ$50 is payable with each application for those 15 years and older, along with an application fee of NZ$20. There is no fee for applicants aged under 15 years, but they must report to immigration for official paperwork to be completed. For those eligible to stay for more than three months, the fee is NZ$100 plus the application fee of NZ$20.

Entry restrictions

If you have criminal convictions from any country, you must apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration for permission to enter the Cook Islands.

Embassies and tourist offices

Cook Islands High Commission in New Zealand

The Cook Islands are self-governing 'in free association' with New Zealand and in countries where they have no consular offices, are represented by New Zealand embassies and high commissions.

Telephone: (4) 472 5126. Website:

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.