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COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights)

The COVID-19 Protection Framework introduced a new flexible 3-level ‘traffic light’ approach to managing COVID-19 in the community on 3 December 2021.

Further information is available at COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights)(external link)

All of New Zealand is at Orange – Life at Orange(external link)

Transport operators can download a copy of our Guidance for the new Framework [PDF, 1.3 MB] [PDF, 986 KB] (as at 21 January 2022).

It is important to note that this guidance may be updated in the future.

Operators receiving COVID-19 updates from the Ministry, Maritime NZ, the Civil Aviation Authority, or Waka Kotahi the New Zealand Transport Agency, should receive updates to this guidance through the communications channels these agencies manage.

Otherwise, operators downloading this guidance are encouraged to register their details at or with your relevant transport regulator (see page 6 of guidance document for contact details) so you can be sent any updates to this guidance.

Traffic light map (external link)


Travel at Orange

Travel around New Zealand is permitted at Orange.

Travellers on services that have vaccination/testing requirements in place will need:

  • My Vaccine Pass(external link)
  • OR a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel
  • OR evidence of COVID-19 test taken within 7 days of travel (for workers only).

This does not apply to travellers under the age of 12 years and three months. 

Further information is available at Travel at Red(external link)