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Great news for visitors driving in the Cook Islands

May 6 2014

Media release from Cook Islands Tourism Corporation in NZ

Great news for visitors driving in the Cook Islands

Visitors from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, UK and the EU can now drive in the Cook Islands using their own licences.

Previously visitors had to obtain a local licence from the Police National Headquarters in Rarotonga. Effective immediately, the new law allows visitors aged over 16 to drive the class of motor vehicle they are entitled to drive in their home country for up to six months.

However, this means that people wishing to ride a motorbike or scooter who are not licenced to do so in their home country, still need to obtain a local licence in Rarotonga.

Graeme West, General Manager of Cook Islands Tourism Corporation in New Zealand, said the welcome change was a direct response to visitor feedback and recognised that the Cook Islands road rules are very similar to those in its main visitor markets.

“Many people hire a car to explore the stunning beaches around the lagoon, the inland villages and tropical gardens,” said Mr West. “Having to first obtain a local licence was frustrating for some people, especially returning visitors and we knowthey will really welcome this change.”

Note: Visitors whose licences are written in a language other than English will need an accurate translation.

ENDS

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