General questions

What is the COVID-19 alert level system?
The alert system means people can see and plan for the kinds of restrictions we may be required to put in place. This includes increasing or decreasing limits on human contact, travel and business operations. For more information visit the covid-19.govt.nz(external link)

Why does the government restrict how people travel at some alert levels?
The primary aim of the travel restrictions at alert levels 3 and 4 is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand by reducing contact between people, including by stopping or restricting some types of travel.

This is the best way to fight COVID-19 and ultimately save lives in New Zealand.

Where can I find out more about transport and travel restrictions generally, but also restrictions to other types of activity?
The government’s primary source of information on New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 is covid-19.govt.nz(external link)

Transport information and guidance available here:

Am I allowed to travel to an international airport to fly back to my home country?
Foreign nationals in New Zealand can drive, take private or public land transport, or take domestic flights, in order to connect with commercial, or chartered, international flights to their home country. Please visit the covid-19.govt.nz(external link) to find out what you need to do.

Who can I contact if I have any questions about transport and travel restrictions?
Any questions relating to transport should go to the Ministry of Transport at: essentialtransport@transport.govt.nz