The Cook Islands has dropped the last of its COVID restrictions for incoming travelers with the removal of all COVID vaccination requirements.
Announcing the decision, Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown described the withdrawal as another step to recovering what COVID-19 has taken away.
“The removal of these latest restrictions means that as a country we are sending a signal to the world that we are serious about getting back to business and that we want our people to live normal lives without unnecessary government restrictions,” said Brown.
Graeme West, chief executive of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation Australasia, said it was great news for the country’s tourism industry, which was vital to the economy and had suffered badly during the pandemic.
He said the announcement meant he had immediately returned to pre-COVID normality when it came to Cooks holidays and that additional flights from the end of October had been added to meet the high demand from visitors to Cooks. New Zealand and Australia.
“Now is the time to book if you wish to travel to our paradise island within the next six months. Rarotonga and Aitutaki are beautiful and the people of the Cook Islands await with their usual warm welcome all our visitors.
Image: Aerial shot of Rarotonga (provided)