Supervised Quarantine on Arrival Requirements

If passengers are placed in managed accommodation for the 14 day low-level quarantine isolation period, further information will be provided on what will happen after that by TMO Health officials, including planned transport through domestic flights.

If passengers have a suitable self-isolation plan and transport arrangements. They'll also be checked on by Police or TMO Health Officials and the Punas within 72 hours to ensure they are in self-isolation.


A suitable plan must meet all of the following eight (8) criteria:

  1. They have not been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  2. 2. They don’t have COVID-19 symptoms;
  3. They have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results;
  4. They haven’t been in close contact with someone with suspected, probable or confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days;
  5. They have a suitable place to complete their self-isolation (private residence). They must not self-isolate with “at-risk people” (e.g. those over 60 years of age, those with medical conditions, pregnant women etc). Further details on “at-risk people” available on the COVID-19 website.
  6. They must reach their self-isolation location (private residence) within an hour of arriving to Cook Islands;
  7. They will not use rental cars, lease cars, public transport (taxis, Uber, buses, domestic flights etc) to travel to their self-isolation location (private residence);
  8. They must use a private car to take them directly to this self-isolation location – either:
    1. a self-drive private car already parked at the airport
    2. a private car driven by someone living at their intended self-isolation location, e.g. someone within their “bubble” at the same address. (Note that only the driver should travel to the airport to pick them up – i.e. no passengers from their intended self-isolation destination.)



Guidelines for travelling home to complete their 14 day self-isolation period:

Private cars:

  • Please travel home from the international airport using the most direct route:
    • Acceptable: Private cars (self-drive or pick up by someone living at their intended self-isolation location)
    • Not acceptable: Rental cars, lease cars, public transport (taxis, Uber, buses, domestic flights etc)



  • While moving through the airport and then driving home, please observe best hygiene practices, including covering their coughs and sneezes, washing their hands/using hand sanitiser; and avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Read more on the self-isolation page.

Physical distancing:

  • They must have no face-to-face contact closer than 2 metres with anybody except those in the private car (i.e. those living at their intended self-isolation location).

Feeling unwell:

  • If they feel unwell please call your local Puna EOC immediately.


For further information on health advice, or information visit the Ministry of Health COVID-19 website.