Cook Islands Travel Vaccines and Advice

The Cook Islands, with its 15 isolated lands, is world famous for its white sanded beaches, turquoise lagoons and seabed of rare beauty. If this makes your dream comes true, do not wait long to organize a getaway in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. During your stay, make sure to experience the Polynesian culture. To live this, go to the island of Rarotonga and let yourself be tempted by a little greed. We will certainly serve you the Ika Mata, the typical dish of the destination. Enjoy a unique experience by venturing into the jungle of Atiu Island. What is certain is that you will make beautiful encounters, especially with birds. For those who want to get away from it all, they will go to Mangaia, famous for its exceptional landscapes.

A beautiful ocean view on the Cook Islands

Recommended travel vaccinations for Cook Islands

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to the Cook Islands

MedicationAdditional Information
Azithromycin/SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea

Current Weather in Cook Islands


Medical Care in the Cook Islands

You will be able to experience quality medical care in the Cook Islands. Hospital and emergency services can cater for both routine and more complex treatments. However, you should note that medical services and hospitals are very limited in small islands. If you plan to visit more remote areas, you should make sure to keep your first aid kit with you at all times. If you suffer from a serious health problem during your trip, you will be medically evacuated by plane.

The Cook Islands provide two pharmacies which are open every day. These are well supplied with drugs, but note that pharmacies only sell medications with prescriptions.

For medical assistance, dial 998.

Are the Cook Islands Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Risk present
Road safety Vary greatly throughout the country
Swimming Coastal waters can be dangerous; Follow the instructions/warnings of local authorities
Water activities Safety risk present; Travel insurance needed for recreational activities
Health Chikungunya warning
Risk level Normal security precautions
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit the Cook Islands?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry. You will not require a tourist visa if travelling under 31 days.

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Embassy of Canada to Cook Islands information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian High Commission to New Zealand (Wellington)
Street Address:
Level 11, 125 The Terrace,
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Tel.: +64 4 473-9577
Fax: +64 4 471-2082

Email: [email protected]

Please note that this is the website for the Canadian High Commission in New Zealand. There is no Canadian government office on the Cook Islands.

Click here to access the high commission’s website