All of New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1.

Relevant information about transport and travel settings at Alert Levels 1 is available on this website. You should also check information and advice that is available on the covid19.govt.nz(external link) website.

We've also published guidance on:

Advice for traveling safely under Alert Level 1 

We all need to remain vigilant in the battle against COVID-19. We recommend travellers:

  • Be kind and patient with each other and transport staff, especially their driver or crew.
  • Where it is possible to do so, keep your distance from others.
  • You are encouraged to wear a face covering on public transport services, where practicable.
  • Keep a record of where they go and their interactions on the NZ COVID Tracer App; including scanning QR codes (where available), or manually recording travel information in the NZ COVID Tracer App (where QR codes are not available); or keep a manual record if you do not have a smartphone.
  • Practice good hygiene and follow Ministry of Health advice. This includes washing their hands thoroughly with soap and water and drying them (or using hand sanitiser if soap and water is not available); coughing and sneezing into their elbow; and not touching their face.
  • Plan ahead, and allow extra time to ensure their journey is as comfortable as possible.
  • Stay home if they’re unwell, or may have COVID-19. They should also not travel if they: have been requested to self-isolate/quarantine, have symptoms of COVID-19, or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.

Alert Level 1 information (applicable to all of New Zealand)

Travelling safely at Alert Level 1

Is travel restricted under Alert Level 1?
There are no restrictions on travel across New Zealand under Alert Level 1. You should travel in a safe way. You do not need approval to travel. 

How do I ‘keep it safe’ while travelling?
COVID-19 is still out there, so we all need to remain vigilant. Remember that you can spread the disease without knowing you have it. When travelling,  maintain good hygiene and track your journey.  Where it is possible to do so, please try to keep your distance from people you don’t know well. 

We recommend you travel safe, track your journey and follow these safe travel tips:

  • Plan your journey well ahead of time.
  • Where it is possible to do so, try to keep your distance from people you do not know.
  • You are encouraged to wear a face covering on public transport, where practicable. See Face coverings for more information.
  • Continue to practice good hygiene and follow Ministry of Health advice; this includes washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water (for example, after taking public transport), cough and sneeze into your elbow, and don’t touch your face.
  • Keep a record of where you go and use the COVID-19 Tracer app if you can, and try to minimise the number of places you stop on the way to your destination.
  • Don’t travel if you’re unwell.
  • Operators will also be asked to support contact tracing where possible, please be helpful. Travellers are advised to keep a record of any services they use and where they sat on the vehicle.
  • Be kind to the driver, crew and operators of your service. 

If you’re sick, or may have COVID-19, stay home. You should not travel if you: have been requested to self-isolate/quarantine, have symptoms of COVID-19, or are awaiting COVID-19 test results.

You also cannot travel, if the travel would breach an order/direction made under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020 or the Health Act 1956. This will likely be the case if: you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas in the last 14 days, or you have otherwise individually received (from a Medical Officer of Health) a direction under s 70(1)(f) of the Health Act 1956.

Face coverings

You are not required to wear a face covering but you are encouraged to do so where practicable. 

View Ministry of Health's information regarding the use of face coverings in the community(external link)

 
Contact tracing

What is contact tracing and why is it important?
To stop the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to keep track of people’s movements. This will be helpful if the Ministry of Health needs to undertake contact tracing.

How can I support contact tracing?
Recording where you have been and who you may interact with on a day-to-day basis is crucial as we continue in our fight against COVID-19.

You can help by recording as much information during Alert Level 1 about where you have been. Travel safely by:

  • Downloading and using the COVID-19 Tracer app if you have this available. Scan the QR codes displayed.
  • Carrying a notebook or mark in your phone/device information about your journey.
  • Record the bus, train or service number, stop or station and time of travel e.g. number 12 service at 12.55pm.
  • Try to record details about what seat are you on, who you travelled with, what stop you get off at and any other places you stop or services you took to get to your destination. 
  • If you have an electronic public transport card, please register your card with your contact details. 


Physical distancing

What is physical distancing and why is it important?
Physical distancing, is about keeping a safe distance from others for minimising the transmission of COVID-19. 

When and how should I observe physical distancing when I’m travelling?
When you are travelling, try to keep your distance from people you do not know, where it is possible to do so.

Public transport operators do not need to maintain seating configurations or capacity limits for physical distancing at Alert Levels 1 on public transport.


Cook Strait ferries and domestic air services

Can I use the Cook Strait ferries or domestic air services?
Yes you can, including for recreation and tourism. 

You do not need approval to travel at Alert Level 1, (unless you are subject to a s70(1)(f) direction under the Health Act). We recommend you travel safe, track your journey and follow our safe travel tips(external link).

When on board your service, follow the guidance from your crew.

Check with your operator for further information on their timetable.


Public transport

Who can use public transport under Alert Level 1?
Anyone can use public transport at Alert Level 1. You should not travel on public transport if you’re unwell.

How can I stay safe while using public transport?
You can help keep yourself and others safe by following this advice – before, during and after your trip:

  • Where it is possible to do so, please try to keep your distance from people you don’t know.
  • You are encouraged to wear a face coverin where practicable. See Face coverings for more information. 
  • On longer trips, such as on inter-regional trains and Cook Strait ferries, please try and limit unnecessary movement on the carriage or vessel.
  • Follow Ministry of Health personal hygiene advice – this includes washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water or using hand sanitiser immediately after taking public transport, and sneezing or coughing into your elbow.
  • Make sure you’ve kept a record of your journey, and use the COVID-19 Tracer app if you have it.
  • Don’t travel if you’re unwell.

Public transport operators continue to follow Ministry of Health cleaning guidance and buses, trains, ferries and facilities are cleaned and disinfected regularly.

How can I support contact tracing when I am using public transport?
Please carry a notebook or mark in your phone/device the following information for every journey:

  • Download and use the COVID-19 Tracer app if you have this available. Scan the QR codes on-board your service if you are able.
  • Record the bus, train or service number, station or stop, and time of travel e.g. number 12 service at 12.55pm.
  • Note anyone you were travelling with.
  • Please note where you boarded and what time, and where you were sitting.
  • Any other places you stop or services you take to get to your destination today.
  • If you have an electronic public transport card, please register your card with your contact details. 

Can I take public transport if I am sick?
You should stay home if you are unwell and avoid public transport. Call your GP or Healthline to get advice.

Will school buses be running?
Yes, school transport services will be available. Please refer to the Ministry of Education website(external link) for information about school bus services it contracts, and otherwise refer to the relevant regional council website.


Personal transport (including rental vehicles, rideshare and car-share)

Will there be any limits on using personal transport when travelling at Alert Level 1?
There are no restrictions and you can use personal transport, including for recreation and tourism. You do not need approval to travel at Alert Level 1. We recommend you travel safe, track your journey and follow these tips:

  • Practise good hygiene all the time – wash your hands regularly, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Avoid travel if you’re unwell.
  • Keep a record of where you go (you can record manual entries in the COVID-19 Tracer app), and try to minimise the number of places you stop on the way to your destination.

Can I carpool, e.g. to get to school or work?
Yes you can. Please keep a record of who you travelled with and when to assist with contact tracing, if required.

My WOF / Registration is expired – can I drive my car?
All Warrants of Fitness (WoFs) and Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), driver licences, vehicle certifications, and licences (regos), that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will continue to be deemed current until 10 October 2020. Visit the NZTA website(external link) for updates.

How can I stay safe when I’m travelling?
Follow the safe travel tips above: Key principles for public transport and private transport at Alert Level 1(external link)


Vehicle maintenance

Can I get repairs undertaken on my vehicles at Alert Level 1?
At Alert Level 1, vehicle services can be provided if the workplace concerned is able to meet relevant safety guidelines and public health measures. 

For information about getting a WOF or a COF, visit the NZTA website(external link)

For information about driver licensing, please refer to the NZTA website(external link)

What aircraft maintenance can I undertake?
Aircraft maintenance can be undertaken at Alert Level 1.


Freight

What movement of freight is permitted?
The movement of all freight is permitted at Alert Level 1, including the ability of business and customers to send, distribute and receive freight; freight movements are also permitted between Auckland and the rest of New Zealand. All freight can enter and leave the country.

See the workplace guidance on the COVID-19 website and business.govt.nz(external link) for more information about how a business can operate during Alert Level 1.


Walking and cycling

Can I go walking and cycling?
Yes you can, but remember to travel safely and keep a record of your journey.

Can I put my bikes in the car and drive to a better track in my community?
There are no restrictions on walking and other active travel (like cycling or using personal scooters), but you should keep your distance from people you don’t know whilst exercising.


Shared micromobility schemes (e-scooter and bike rental by the minute/hour)

Will I be able to rent an e-scooter or bike at Alert Level 1?
Yes, shared e-scooter and bike schemes are able to operate, provided they comply with all public health guidance (including cleaning guidance).

If you rent a shared e-scooter or bike, it is important that you practice good personal hygiene. This includes washing your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser as soon as possible after use.