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Diplomatic relations were established on 9 February 1996. The South African High Commissioner in Canberra is accredited to Cook Islands. The Cook Islands has full membership of international and regional organisations including UNESCO, WHO, FAO, Pacific Islands Forum, South Pacific Commission and the South Pacific Forum.
For further information on Cook Islands, go to Cook Island's Connection.
Cook Islands land area comprises 237 sq kms with a population of around 19 100.
South African Representation in Cook Islands
The South African High Commission in Canberra, Australia may be contacted for any enquiries.
H E Mr M C J Van Schalkwyk
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
South African High Commission
Representation in South Africa
Visa Requirements for South Africans
Refer to the South African High Commission in Canberra, Australia.
The preventative measures you need to take while travelling in the South Pacific region depend on the areas you visit and the length of time you stay. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into certain of these countries if you are coming from a tropical South American or sub-Saharan African country. For detailed information see Yellow Fever Comprehensive Vaccination Requirements.
Recommended vaccines (as appropriate for Age and Area visited)
Hepatitis A or immune globulin(IG)
Rabies, if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or
Typhoid, particularly if you are visiting developing countries in this region
As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles, and a one-time dose of polio for adults. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children 11-12 years of age who did not receive the series as infants.
See your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for shots to take effect.
For more health information for travellers to the South Pacific, go to Travelers' Health.
The Cook Islands are a group of 15 islands below the Equator, 2 600 miles south of Hawaii. It has a tropical climate with high humidity. Wet season is from November to March with average temperatures approximately 23 degrees Celsius. Dry season is from April to October with average temperatures approximately 27 degrees Celsius.
For up-to-date weather information, go to CNN.com Weather or Weather Underground.
Cook Islands have their own very interesting currencies and coins (only exchangeable in the Cooks) which are interchangeable with the New Zealand Dollar. Most international credit cards are accepted throughout the Islands. Avarua, the capital has full-service banking. You can change money at the airport and at most hotels. The main currency is the New Zealand Dollar.
For current exchange rates click here.
Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.
Trade relations are negligible. However, a wide range of South African wines is sourced from New Zealand.
For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Cook Islands, visit the website of the Department
of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.
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