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Overview
Cook Islands

As one of the world's most secluded destinations, the Cook Islands offer the chance to truly get away from it all. Before you do though, it’s very important to prepare for your Cook Islands holiday (and pack well), before you get on the plane.

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Visas
Cook Islands

British citizens can enter the Cook Islands for up to 31 days without a visa, but you will need to show proof of an onward or return flight and accommodation booking. For more information about visiting the Cook Islands please speak to your Travel Butler or the Cook Islands embassy.

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Inoculations
Cook Islands

Vaccinations are not mandatory when visiting the Cook Islands, but travellers are advised to arrange vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid. The Cook Islands are malaria-free, but dengue fever can be a risk during the rainy season. For more advice, refer to your doctor.

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When to go
Cook Islands

The Cook Islands is a true year-round destination, with little change in temperature throughout the year. If you want to avoid the rainy winter and the humid summer, the shoulder seasons from March to April and September to October strike the most comfortable balance and are less crowded. The islands are busiest in December and January as many Cook Islanders return home from working in Australia and New Zealand. This is also when cyclones are most likely to hit. The cool and dry winter from June to August is also a favourite time to travel for many Australians and New Zealanders. To avoid the crowds, we recommend travelling in the shoulder seasons.

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Currency
Cook Islands

The Cook Islands uses the New Zealand dollar as its primary currency, with the Cook Islands dollar mainly being used for small and local transactions. Cook Islands dollars cannot be exchanged outside the country.

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Electrical
Cook Islands

The Cook Islands use a 3-pin type I plug, with 240 volts power supply. Make sure you pack a travel adaptor and converter if you plan on using British electronics on your trip.

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Travel insurance
Cook Islands

Whether you're planning to take part in water sports or just relaxing on the beach, make sure you take out suitable travel insurance before you travel to the Cook Islands, so you'll always be covered.

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What to pack
Cook Islands

The relaxed vibe and tropical climate of the Cook Islands means you won't have to worry about packing formal wear; summer clothes are all you will need. Strict baggage limits are enforced when making the trip to some small islands, so packing light will give you the greatest freedom. For what you do bring, we recommend the following items:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Swimsuit
  • Flip flops
  • Good walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Backpack
  • Camera
  • Power Adaptor
  • Mosquito repellent

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