Tourism and Migration Statistics - March 2021

Key Facts

Total arrivals for the month of March 2021 was 479 of which 139 were Cook Islanders living overseas and 340 are returning Cook Islanders and work permit holders. The Cook Islands was declared “as a COVID-19 free zone, since April 16th 2020” however, the escalating threat of the pandemic has forced countries to close their borders.

On the 19th of January 2021, an extra flight added to two international flights a week. There are exemptions applied to the border closure to allow all Cook Islanders and work permit holders to return to Rarotonga. Passengers must undergo a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their flight departing Auckland, return a negative result, and complete a health clearance exit process at the Auckland International Airport.

The total departures for March 2021 was 709 of which 583 were Cook Islands Residents who left for Temporary offshore seasonal contract, Education, short term, or permanently.



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