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Following is a list of civil aviation legislation and air navigation regulations in force in the Cook Islands. It is essential that anyone engaged in air operations be acquainted with the relevant regulations. Refer to Ministry of Transport — Cook Islands for procurement details.

  1. Cook Islands Civil Aviation Act 2002;
  2. Air Services Act 1984
  3. Aviation Security Act 2008
  4. NZ Civil Aviation Act 1990
  5. The New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules and Amendments;
  6. Civil Aviation Advisory Circulars issued by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.

Please note that the Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII) also provides links to legislation for Pacific Island states.  The PacLII website notes that users of the site should be aware the PacLII databases may not be complete.

Conventions and Protocols

The following international agreements, conventions and protocols on civil aviation have been ratified or signed by the Cook Islands Government.

(a) Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation 1944;

(b) Tokyo Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft 1963;

(c) Hague Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft 1970;

(d) Montreal Supplementary Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Civil Aviation 1970;

(e) Montreal Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Civil Aviation 1971;

(f) Acceded to the convention of the WMO 1995.

International Agreements

The following countries have Bilateral Air Service Agreements with the Cook Islands:

(a) Fiji;

(b) (Open Skies) 2000;

(c) New Zealand (Open Skies) 2001;

(d) Tonga (Open Skies) 2001;

(e) Samoa (Open Skies) 2001.

The following lists other international agreements with the Cook Islands:

(a) Contracting state of ICAO adhered to (1986)

(b) Air transport agreement with Chile (1992)


The Cook Islands is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, and has signed a number of conventions and protocols.