This is one of the safest destinations in the world, one where you don’t ever have to worry about going out late at night. It feels a million miles from everywhere and you’ll find yourself surrounded by largely untouched nature, yet you’re only a few hours away from New Zealand and Australia. 

Due to the islands’ proximity to the equator, the climate is stable and the country knows only two seasons, a wet and a dry one. The stable government, beautiful surroundings that aren’t spoiled by mass tourism and friendly locals make the Cook Islands a place people love to return to and for people start a new life.

Medical care is available on the islands and in New Zealand. Housing can be really affordable if you live in areas where locals live too and with only a few shops and markets that provide the basics there is not much to spend money on. People really move to the Cook Islands to get away from commercialism and to live close to nature, shopping is not high on their priority list and instead they spend time outdoors. 

Locals say the cost of living is comparable to New Zealand and Australia and English and Cook Islands Maori are the official languages so getting around and communicating with locals won’t be a problem for most. The Cook Islands are the perfect place for those looking to escape a life behind a computer with a phone in each hand and who love a quiet, untouched hideaway. 

Immigrants who want to work and live in the Cook Islands must obtain a visa, which are processed by the immigration department of New Zealand. There are a number of different visa options, the official government website of New Zealand provides all the information needed to choose the right one for your personal situation. 

Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in the Cook Islands:

  • If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.