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Cook Islands - Obtain a Work Permit

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  1. To be able to apply for a work permit, an applicant must submit a Health Form completed by an approved medical practitioner. Please refer to the medical clearance check list to ensure the correct information is obtained.
  2. Fill out all appropriate forms and send to PO Box 105, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Address all correspondence to the Director of Immigration, Cook Islands. Please contact Cook Islands' Embassy or Consulate in the country you are in to know more about obtaining a work permit or other address where you can forward your application.

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Required Documents[edit]

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration

PO Box 105
Cook Islands

Phone: +682 29 347
Fax: +682 21 247


Embassies and Consulates Abroad:

Cook Islands Consulate in Sydney, Australia
8/8 Lauderdale Avenue
New South Wales 2094
Phone: (+61) 2 9907 6567
Fax: (+61) 2 9949 6664

Cook Islands Consulate in Monaco, Monaco
Palais Majestic
23, boulevard Albert Ier
98000 Monaco
Phone: (+377)
Fax: (+377)
E-mail: [email protected]

Cook Islands Consulate General in Auckland, New Zealand
1st Floor, 127 Symonds Street
Private Bag 92-640
Auckland 1150
New Zealand
Phone: (+64) 9-366-1100
Fax: (+64) 9-309-1876
Office Hours: 08:30am - 12:30pm , 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Cook Islands Consulate General in Oslo, Norway
Bygdy All 64 A
0265 Oslo 2
Phone: (+47) 22 43 09 10 / (+47) 22 44 67 21
Fax: (+47) 22 44 46 11

Cook Islands Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey
Yeni Parseller Sok. No.20 K Binasi
Kat:4-5 34805 Kavacik
Phone: (+90) 216 538 80 00-11
Fax: (+90) 216 322 37 10

Cook Islands Consulate in Los Angeles, the United States
31 Lemon Drive
Los Angeles
California 90045
United States
Phone: (+1) (805) 322-3842

Cook Islands High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand
56 Mulgrave Street
New Zealand
Phone: (+64) 4-472-5126
Telefax: (+64) 4-472-5121
E-mail: [email protected]

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Application for Entry Permit:

  • For Non-Cook Islanders married to Cook Islanders or permanent residents: $10.00
  • Others: $20.00

Issue of an entry or residence permit (including right to work):

  • For Non-Cook Islanders married to Cook Islanders or permanent residents:
    • Per year: $240.00
    • Monthly: $20.00
  • Others:
    • Per year: $480.00
    • Monthly: $40.00

Other Immigration Fees


Work Permits are normally valid for one year. Entry and work permits may be extended on application for up to two (2) further one-year periods. The work permit may be renewed 2 weeks before the current entry permit is due to expire.

Work permits granted to an applicant would restrict the persons employment to a particular employer.

Once the employment contract ceases or is terminated, the employer must inform MFAI of the departure arrangements for the employee and any family members. The employee must return to their country of nationality and the employer is ultimately held responsible for the cost of repatriating the worker, including family members;

Transfer of employment to a new employer may be considered provided the sponsoring (or an employer approved to take over responsibility) gives consent in writing.

Employers wishing to extend a foreign workers employment beyond three years must justify why a foreign worker is still required, and provide satisfactory evidence that steps have been taken to train a local person for the position.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

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Those who are planning to obtain a work permit must apply from outside the Cook Islands. Police and medical reports must be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration (MFAI) together with an application for an entry and work permits

Required Information[edit]

  • Applicant's name
  • Present address
  • Date of arrival in the Cook Islands
  • Date the Permit Expires
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport No. and Date of Expiry
  • Ticket or Bond Held
  • Proposed Employer
  • Position Proposed
  • Work to be under taken in that position
  • Proposed address
  • If married: details about the applicant's spouse

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Need for the Document[edit]

Following are procedures on how you can apply for a work permit in Cook Islands.

Information which might help[edit]

Authority to travel to the Cook Islands

An authority to travel to Cook Islands may be issued to non-Cook Islanders needing to travel to the Cook Islands on a single journey ticket for employment purposes.

Employees whose passports are valid for less than six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Cook Islands may seek authority to travel to the Cook Islands from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration, Avarua, Rarotonga.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

  • Cook Islands Foreign Affairs and Immigration Department:

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