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Kia Orana and welcome to the Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) website. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is the principal adviser on foreign and trade policy issues to the Cook Islands government and maintains and enforces the Cook Islands Immigration laws.


MFAI welcomes comments on the “Cook Islands Trade Policy Framework Final Draft”.


Comments should be received into MFAI by Friday 4th of September 2015 to enable necessary preparations for final endorsement by Cabinet next month with its official launch in October at the Forum Trade Ministers Meeting to be held here in Rarotonga in conjunction with the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting from 27-30 October
The Cook Islands and Free Association with New Zealand

The Cook Islands and Free Association: Understanding the nature & practice of the special relationship with New Zealand.

The Cook Islands and New Zealand have a special relationship founded on close historical ties, unique constitutional arrangements and a common citizenship and currency. 

The close bilateral relationship is cemented through strong people to people ties, including cultural and kinship ties between the Cook Islands and New Zealand Maori people. Approximately 62,000 Cook Island Maori now live in New Zealand.

Historically, the Cook Islands became a dependent territory of New Zealand in 1901, when it was annexed from the United Kingdom.  In 1965, the Cook Islands adopted a Constitution ending that dependency status and today the country is self-governing in free association with New Zealand.

To read the full document summary, click the attachment below.




Download this file (Summary Sheet NZ and CKI.pdf)Summary Sheet NZ and CKI.pdf501 Kb

The attached fees schedule is for current Immigration Services.

Download this file (Cook Islands Immigration Fee schedule.pdf)Fee Schedule118 Kb

This fact sheet has been prepared for people interested in receiving New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension in the Cook Islands.

Download this file (NZ SUPERANNUATION FACT SHEET - 2013.pdf)NZ Super Annuation Fact Sheet29 Kb
MFAI Newsletter - Issue 12, February

See the attachment below for the MFAI Newsletter - Issue 12, February 2015.


The work begins for Nani

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration would like to welcome Kairangi (Nani) Samuela to her new position as the Principal Immigration Officer (PIO) as of last week.   Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Myra Patai expressed her “absolute commitment to providing Nani with the necessary support she requires to turn Immigration Cook Islands around.”  Patai further added that the “general public expect the new PIO to deliver much improved Immigration services to them with courtesy, professionalism, transparency and efficiency”. 

For Nani, last week’s focus was about creating open line communication with immigration staff, to understand what we do, how we do it and the relationships between different agencies in Government.

Nani also stated there have been initiatives and recommendations made within  Immigration, and it is just a matter of documenting the procedures putting also allocating resources to be able to maintain them.  

An issue from the Development Partners Roundtables was the frustration from the business sector on the lack of accountability, transparency and awareness of rules in our immigration system. To address this, Nani  aims  to have the fees schedule available to the public within the next week so everyone is aware of what their costs are and also a complete checklist for permit requirements across  various sectors seeking different services from Immigration.

“There is nothing more frustrating than getting all your papers together and thinking you’re at the end of the process only to be told that there is an additional piece of information that you need to get before we can process your application’. 

“The biggest goal is for people to trust the immigration service again. We can’t solve all the problems that people come up with straight away. But the belief and trust that these issues will be dealt to and addressed through a more sound procedure will put more people at ease.” 

The wealth of experience Nani brings to this role will allow her to bridge the gap between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and its stakeholders.  The Ministry has been working on a draft policy and the impetus is be specific in identifying potential areas for improvement to provide a better service to the People of the Cook Islands and our visitors.

Previously, Nani has been serving as the Manager of the Cook Island's Women's Counselling Centre, Punanga Tauturu Inc. and been a gender equality advocate in the region for over 10 years. She has also been a Board member on the Cook Islands Family Welfare and Planning Association and the Chair of the Compliance Committee at the Bank of the Cook Islands

She has worked extensively on legislative and policy change to recognize and include gender based violence, as well as advance wider gender justice within the Cook Islands and the Pacific. She is passionate about Outer Islands Development and Social Justice.

We wish Nani all the best in her new role.  

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Entry Requirements

Visitors will NOT need an entry permit if they intend to stay in the Cook Islands for less than 31 days. For more information please click on the links below:

Immigration Forms