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Cook Islands Travel Guide


Visas and Officialdom

For an extension of stay go to the Immigration office on the top floor of the Government Office Building behind the post office.

You can extend your initial 31 days to three months for a fee, otherwise pay a higher fee and get a five-month extension on the spot. The maximum stay is six months. You must show a plane ticket valid for your scheduled departure date and proof of funds. If you lose your passport, report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the same building.

The New Zealand High Commission is next to the Philatelic Bureau.


Two banks serve Rarotonga, the Westpac Bank, next to Island Craft on the main street, and the ANZ Bank, next to the Visitor Information Center. Both change traveler's checks and give cash advances on Visa and MasterCard. The Westpac branch at the airport charges a commission on traveler's checks, while the branch of the same bank in Avarua charges no commission. The ANZ Bank charges a higher commission.

The ANZ Bank has ATMs outside its downtown branch, at Cook's Corner, and at Wingmore's Superstore on the south side of the island. The Westpac Bank represents American Express.

GlobalEX Western Union (weekdays and Saturday morning), at Mana Court, gives the best rates in town for cash or travelers cheques without any commission charge.

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