This Covid-Free Destination Is Opening Borders For Vaccinated Tourists From January 13

by Deeplata Garde 1099

Travelling during the past two years has been a hassle. The Omicron variant has many people worried about becoming trapped while travelling. But there is one destination where you can travel without worrying about COVID at all. Cook Island has never reported a single case of this virus since the origin of the virus. And it will allow only visitors who have double vaccination from Jan 13th 2022.

The little paradise nation maintained its distinction as one of the few countries in the world to evade COVID-19 together. The Cook Islands (population 17,000) have fully immunised 96% of their people. This places it second only to the neighbouring nation of Palau, which has a world-record immunisation rate of 99 per cent. The islands topped Lonely Planet’s list this year, picked for their topicality, sustainable tourism, and ‘wow’ factor.

Where Is Cook Island Situated?

The Cook Islands, located between New Zealand and Hawaii. They consist of 15 islands that cover two million square miles of the Pacific Ocean. Rarotonga, the biggest island, is home to steep highlands and Avarua, the national capital. Aitutaki Island, to the north, features a large lagoon bordered by coral reefs and tiny, sandy islands.

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What Is The Travel Procedure To Visit Cook Island?

All travellers must undergo a Covid-19 test no more than 72 hours before departure. They require to submit documentation of a negative test result both on departure and on arrival. It will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated Kiwi visitors on January 13, 2022.

According to a Cook Islands official report, New Zealanders will be the only foreigners permitted to visit the Pacific Island country at this time. However, Australians might be given an entry later.

Can You Visit The Cook Islands At The Moment?

To guarantee that the Cook Islands remain a COVID-free zone, their borders are now blocked for access. They had to be particularly cautious with the entry of viruses to the island. As they are a country with only 22 physicians and two ventilators for a population of 17,500.

The government has stated that they would not reopen the border with New Zealand for quarantine-free travel. Until they are sure that there is no community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand. While it remains closed, locals have moved their focus to green projects and programmes. This will guarantee that the tourist business is ready to welcome foreign visitors.