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Registration Process

For those who would like to start or own a business in the Cook Islands, you will need to register with the Business Trade Investment Board for Foreign Enterprise registration. The BTIB Board grants the necessary approval to carry on business in the Cook Islands.

Please vist our download link page to access all the Application Forms: Click Here

If you are a current business owner in the Cook Islands and would like to sell your business to a non-Cook Islander you will need to do the following:

  • Place an advertisement in 2 local newspapers for 3 months (1 placement per week, in two sepreate prints) 
  • We will also consider online advertising
  • Keep a record of all local and foreign expressions of interest

Note: Advertising in local newspaper is compulsory.

How to apply

  1. Complete the Short Term Business application form AF1001B
  2. Provide all supporting documents listed in the Foreign Enterprise Checklist
  3. Lodge your completed application together with your fee of $750 NZD at our office in Avarua, Rarotonga by the 7th of each month
  4. We will communicate with you once the application is received
  5. Your application will take approximately 3 weeks to process
  6. Your application is decided by a Board of 5 Directors that sits at the end of each month
  7. The outcome of your application will be conveyed immediately after the meeting.
  8. If you are approved other Government agencies are also advised in order to facilitate your entry to carry on business in the Cook Islands. These includes the Immigration Department for entry and work permits (visa), the Registrar of Companies for the registration of the company, the Management Revenue Division for tax registration, and the appropriate line Ministry responsible for the business sector you are in
  9. If your application is declined by the Board you have 21 days from the date of that decision to appeal to the Minister responsible for the Business Trade & Investment Board.

If you have any questions regarding our Registration process please email our Foreign Investment team on btib@cookislands.gov.ck we are happy to assist you further!