A state of preparedness and readiness - poised to respond rapidly to any threat of COVID-19 entering the Cook Islands border

COVID-19 CASES:  NONE (officially declared Covid-free since 16 April, 2020)

Exemptions only for permit holders and returning nationals i.e. closed to tourists
Negative test required 3 days before travel for exempted travellers

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CookSafe is a voluntary contact tracing tool which has been piloted in Rarotonga since 19 June 2020. Volunteers are issued a CookSafe card that contains a unique QR code that can be used for scanning at venues participating in the pilot. The scanner will automatically send information (date, time, location) to a secure and encrypted database. The database is only accessible to authorised public health officials. More than 248 venues/businesses and 3,698 people have signed up for the scheme and publicity about it is being ramped up. A robust contact tracing system is seen as essential to any tourism from New Zealand (or anywhere else) starting up again and is likely to be compulsory. It may not be this system.

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The above iis a summary of the official information from the Cook Islands Ministry of Health (Te Marae Ora).  Please visit their page for fuller details.
This update is provided in good faith and is correct at 16 November, 2020

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