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Cook Islands

Cook Islands: At a glance

Capital: Avarua District

Population: 17,379

Official language: English, Rarotongan

Time zone: Cook Islands Standard Time

Emergency #: 996

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Cook Islands: Travel Health Information

Cook Islands are known for their diverse natural landscapes and ecotourism. Nature-loving travellers climb Rarotonga’s Needle, trek across the island, or scuba dive in the beaches of Aitutaki.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Cook Islands may differ from your home country. Cook Islands has a public healthcare system and a small number of private providers. Generally the quality of medical care available throughout the country does not meet international standards. Access to healthcare services in urban areas and on more populated islands is generally good, but access may be limited in rural areas and less populated islands.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Cook Islands typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to New Zealand may be required for medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Cook Islands.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are available in urban areas and on more populated islands but access can be limited in rural regions and less populated islands. Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained from a local doctor.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Cook Islands’ embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in urban areas and on highly populated islands are generally paved and well maintained. Roads in rural regions and less populated islands may be unpaved or poorly maintained. Drivers and passengers in vehicles must wear a seat belt at all times. Helmets are required for drivers and passengers of motorcycles at all times. In Cook Islands, traffic drives on the left.



Cook Islands: At a glance

Capital: Avarua District

Population: 17,379

Official language: English, Rarotongan

Time zone: Cook Islands Standard Time

Emergency #: 996

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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