On the Ground – Aviation Security

All Passengers pass through security screening point operated by the Aviation Security Service. There are security restrictions for all international flights from the Rarotonga International Airport. These restrictions are for the amount of liquids, aerosols and gel items (LAGs) that can be carried in the cabin of international flights per passenger.

All liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in your carry-on baggage, on all departing international flights must be in containers of 100ml or less, and carried in a re-sealable 20cm x 20cm transparent plastic bag, that must be presented separately at the security screening point.

If you plan to take LAGs greater than this amount with you, then they will need to be packed into your check-in luggage.

Existing restrictions related to prohibited carry-on items remain in place.

  • Prohibited carry-on items
  • Firearms and guns
  • Pointed edge objects
  • Blunt instruments
  • Explosive and or inflammable substances
  • Chemical and toxic substances
  • Exemptions
  • Duty Free purchases
  • Prescription Medicines (accompanied with a letter from your medical practitioner)
  • Medical items such as insulin, epi pen and contact lens solution are also exempt.
  • Baby Products for those travelling with babies such as baby milk, sterilised water, baby food and wipes.

LAGs list of common items:

  • Water and other drinks, soups, syrups, jams, stews, sauces and pastes
  • Foods in sauces or containing a high liquid content including honey and marmite
  • Creams, lotions, cosmetics and oils including face creams, foundation, sunblock, insect repellent and roll-on deodorants
  • Perfumes
  • Sprays
  • Gels including hair and shower gels
  • Contents of pressurised containers, including shaving foam, other foam and deodorants
  • Pastes including toothpaste
  • Mascara and eyeliner
  • Liquid soaps lipsticks, lip gloss or lip balm and
  • Any item of similar consistency at room temperature

For more information, contact:

Aviation Security Services

Phone: +682 25890 ext 205 or 250 or

In the Air

The Cook Islands air navigation service provider Airport Authority Cook Islands is responsible for controlling air traffic throughout the country’s airspace.

For more information, contact

Air Traffic Services

Phone: +682 25890


The Cook Islands Customs service is the Government agency with the role of ensuring the security of our border. They protect the economy from illegal imports and exports, promote Cook Islands international trade, facilitate tourism, collect revenue, investigate illegal activities and prosecute where necessary.

After collecting your baggage, proceed to the exiting point where your passenger arrival card will be checked by an officer prior to passing through Customs and Cook Islands quarantine inspection service. There is an exemption on goods not for resale up to NZ$750 in value per passenger.

Don’t forget to declare any necessary items, there are severe penalties for failing to declare items prohibited, restricted or for which you are required to pay duty/sales tax.

Arrivals Duty Free Allowance

Alcohol – 2 Litres of wine or spirits or 4.5 Litres of beer

Tobacco – 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco

For more information about what can and cannot be brought into the Cook Islands, contact

Cook Islands Customs

Phone: +682 29365