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Cook Islands

Check our destination guide for postal restrictions and requirements

Prohibitions

The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.

To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).

Prohibitions are the same as New Zealand.

Import restrictions

If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.

We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:

  • Ammunition
  • Animals
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Bees
  • Biological substances
  • Bullion
  • Coins
  • Counterfeit
  • Currency
  • Fur
  • Human ashes
  • Human remains
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery
  • Leeches
  • Live
  • Narcotics
  • Perfumery
  • Perfume
  • Perishable
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals
  • Precious stones
  • Silkworms
  • Watches (only if over $150.00)
  • Weapons

Personal gifts

The limit for personal gifts not requiring an import licence is $NZ40.

Intoxicating liquor

Cook Islands accepts intoxicating liquors only if addressed to: The Manager, Cook Islands Liquor Supplies.

Okay to send? Send responsibly.

As the sender, it's your responsibility to make sure your items don't break any laws or rules – both within Australia and in the destination country.

Restrictions and conditions can change at short notice so the information on this page should be used as a guide only. For the latest information, you should check the UPU prohibitions & restrictions (PDF 7.2MB) or contact the destination country's customs, postal trade or government authority.

It's also your responsibility to check if the destination country imposes any duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees on the item you're sending. If you're unsure, please contact the consulate office of the destination country.

Special documentation

In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.

Documentation requirements are the same as New Zealand.

Delivery locations & exclusions

Before sending to this destination, it’s worth noting a few more details about our international delivery services.

  • International Express and International Standard (both carried via the EMS network) - Parcels deliver only to the places shown
    • Bandundu
    • Beni
    • Boma
    • Bukavu
    • Bunia
    • Butembo
    • Gbadolite
    • Gemena
    • Goma
    • Ilebo
    • Inkisi
    • Isiro
    • Kananga
    • Kasangulu
    • Kinshasa
    • Kisangani
    • Kolwezi
    • Likasi
    • Lubumbashi
    • Matadi
    • Mbandaka
    • Mbanza Ngungu
    • Mbuji Mayi
    • Moanda
    • Tshela
    • Tshikapa

      International Express and International Standard - Parcels does not deliver to a Post Office Box or Poste Restante.
  • International Express - Letters service available on a non-guaranteed basis

For more information from the overseas carrier, check the Cook Islands Post website.

Make sure it's safe to send

Some items are considered dangerous and unsuitable for sending from Australia, even if they’re not prohibited by the destination country.