These tables provide guidance for how the different alert levels apply for different modes and services. This guidance will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves. 


Guidance for domestic air services

Information and guidance will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

 

Alert Level 2 Alert Level 3 Alert Level 4

You can travel, but do it in a safe way and remember to keep a record of your journey.

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 cannot travel, if the travel would breach a direction under s 70(1)(f) of 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.

Physical distancing and public health guidance applies. 

You can travel on domestic air services for activities such as:

  • you are travelling to provide an essential business or service,
  • you are facilitating shared caregiving arrangements, 
  • you are relocating a home or business, including returning to your usual residence if you have been 'stuck in the wrong place',
  • you are travelling for medical reasons,
  • you are travelling because of an emergency, or to give effect to a court order, or to attend a judicial institution, 
  • you have an exemption to travel because of compassionate reasons,
  • you are going to a funeral or tangihanga,
  • you are a foreign national leaving New Zealand,
  • you are a New Zealander resident in the Realm (Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) returning home,
  • you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas and have completed 14 days’ of managed isolation or quarantine at the port of your arrival (except air and marine crew),
  • you are going to work or education (same or adjacent region),
  • you are travelling to a wedding or civil union service (same or adjacent region),
  • you are facilitating an extended bubble arrangement (same or adjacent region).

Try to limit any inter-regional travel as much as possible, and to keep your extended bubble small and local. The primary aim of the travel restrictions is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand by reducing contact between people, so only travel if you really need to. 

Even if you fall within one of the groups above, you cannot travel if an appropriate authority has asked you to self isolate or a Medical Officer of Health has individually directed you to isolate or quarantine. 
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Physical distancing and public health measures apply.

You can travel on domestic air services for activities such as:

  • you are travelling to do essential work,
  • you are travelling for medical reasons,
  • you are travelling because of an emergency, or to give effect to a court order,
  • you have an exemption to travel because of compassionate reasons,
  • you are a foreign national leaving New Zealand,
  • you are a New Zealander resident in the Realm (Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) returning home,
  • you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas and have completed 14 days’ of managed isolation or quarantine at the port of your arrival (except air and marine crew) and need to get home.

Even if you fall within one of the groups above, you cannot travel if you: are required to self-isolate (e.g. you have arrived from overseas); have symptoms of COVID-19; are being tested for COVID-19; or are a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Physical distancing applies.

Public health measures apply.

 
Guidance for Cook Strait ferries

Information and guidance will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

Alert Level 2 Alert Level 3 Alert Level 4

You can travel, but do it in a safe way and remember to keep a record of your journey.

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 cannot travel, if the travel would breach a direction under s 70(1)(f) of 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.

Physical distancing and public health guidance applies. 

You can travel on Cook Strait ferries for activities such as:

  • you are travelling to provide an essential business or service,
  • you are facilitating shared caregiving arrangements,
  • you are relocating a home or business, including travelling for the purpose of returning to your usual residence if you have been ‘stuck in the wrong place’,
  • you are travelling for medical reasons,
  • you are travelling for an emergency or to give effect to a court order, or to attend a judicial institution
  • you have an exemption to travel because of compassionate reasons,
  • you are going to a funeral or tangihanga,
  • you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas and have completed 14 days’ of managed isolation or quarantine at the port of your arrival (except air and marine crew).
Even if you fall within one of the groups above, you cannot travel if an appropriate authority has asked you to self isolate or a Medical Officer of Health has individually directed you to isolate or quarantine.

Try to limit any inter-regional travel as much as possible, and to keep your extended bubble small and local. The primary aim of the travel restrictions is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand by reducing contact between people, so only travel if you really need to.

Physical distancing and public health measures apply.

You can travel on Cook Strait ferries for activities such as:

  • you are travelling to do essential work,
  • you are travelling for medical reasons,
  • you are travelling because of an emergency, or to give effect to a court order,
  • you have an exemption to travel because of compassionate reasons,
  • you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas and have completed 14 days’ of managed isolation or quarantine at the port of your arrival (except air and marine crew) and need to get home.

Even if you fall within one of the groups above, you cannot travel if you: are required to self-isolate (e.g. you have arrived from overseas); have symptoms of COVID-19; are being tested for COVID-19; or are a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Physical distancing applies. 

Public health measures apply.


Guidance for urban public transport within the region (buses, all other ferries, trains)

(AT or chartered school bus services not included)

Information and guidance will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

Alert Level 2 Alert Level 3 Alert Level 4

You can travel, but do it in a safe way and remember to keep a record of your journey.

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 cannot travel, if the travel would breach a direction under s 70(1)(f) of 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.

Physical distancing and public health guidance applies. 

You can use urban public transport for activities such as:

  • you are accessing local services and businesses,
  • you are going to work or education,
  • you are travelling to do low-risk local recreation,
  • you are facilitating an extended bubble arrangement or shared caregiving arrangement,
  • you are travelling to a permitted gathering,
  • you are travelling to do customary gathering,
  • you are relocating a home or business, including returning to your usual residence if you have been ‘stuck in the wrong place’,
  • you are travelling for medical reasons,
  • you are travelling because of an emergency or to give effect to a court order, or to attend a judicial institution,
  • you have an exemption to travel because of compassionate reasons,
  • you are a foreign national leaving New Zealand,
  • you are a New Zealander resident in the Realm (Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) returning home,
  • you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas and have completed 14 days’ of managed isolation or quarantine at the port of your arrival (except air and marine crew) and need to get home.

If you are able to travel on public transport, please try and avoid peak times unless you are a worker or are travelling to an educational facility.

Even if you fall within one of the groups above, you cannot travel if an appropriate authority has asked you to self isolate or a Medical Officer of Health has individually directed you to isolate or quarantine.

Physical distancing and public health measures apply. 

You can only use urban public transport for activities such as:

  • you are an essential worker travelling to do essential work,
  • you are travelling for medical reasons,
  • you are travelling for an emergency, or to give effect to a court order,
  • you are a foreign national leaving New Zealand,
  • you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas and have completed 14 days’ of managed isolation or quarantine at the port of your arrival (except air and marine crew) and need to get home,
  • you need to access essential items – e.g. food or medicine,
  • you are travelling between ‘bubbles’ under a ‘shared bubble arrangement’.

Even if you fall within one of the groups above, you cannot travel if: you are required to self-isolate (e.g. you have arrived from overseas); have symptoms of COVID-19; are being tested for COVID-19; or are a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Physical distancing applies.

Public health measures apply.


Guidance for inter-regional buses and trains (if operators choose to run services)

Information and guidance will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

Alert Level 2 Alert Level 3 Alert Level 4

You can travel, but do it in a safe way and remember to keep a record of your journey.

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 cannot travel, if the travel would breach a direction under s 70(1)(f) of 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.

Physical distancing and public health guidance applies. 

You can use inter-regional buses and train services for activities such as:

  • you travelling to provide an essential business or service,
  • you are travelling to work or education (only in adjacent region),
  • you are facilitating shared caregiving arrangements,
  • you are relocating a home or business, including travelling for the purpose of returning to your usual residence if you have been ‘stuck in the wrong place’,
  • you are travelling for medical reasons,
  • you are travelling for an emergency or to  give effect to a court order, or to attend a judicial institution,
  • you have an exemption to travel because of compassionate reasons,
  • you are going to a funeral or tangihanga,
  • you are a foreign national leaving New Zealand,
  • you are a New Zealander resident in the Realm (Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) returning home,
  • you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas and have completed 14 days’ of managed isolation or quarantine at the port of your arrival (except air and marine crew) and need to get home,
  • you are facilitating extended bubble arrangements (adjacent region only),
  • you are travelling to a wedding or civil union service (adjacent region only).

Even if you fall within one of the groups above, you cannot travel if an appropriate authority has asked you to self isolate or a Medical Officer of Health has individually directed you to isolate or quarantine.

Try to limit any inter-regional travel as much as possible, and to keep your extended bubble small and local. The primary aim of the travel restrictions is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand by reducing contact between people, so only travel if you really need to.

Physical distancing and public health measures apply.

You can use inter-regional bus or train services for activities such as:

  • you are an essential worker travelling to do essential work,
  • you are travelling for medical reasons,
  • you are travelling for an emergency or to give effect to a court order,
  • you have an exemption to travel because of compassionate reasons,
  • you are a foreign national leaving New Zealand,
  • you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas and have completed 14 days’ of managed isolation or quarantine at the port of your arrival (except air and marine crew) and need to get home.

Even if you fall within one of the groups above, you cannot travel if: you are required to self-isolate (e.g. you have arrived from overseas); have symptoms of COVID-19; are being tested for COVID-19; or are a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Physical distancing and public health measures apply.


Guidance for private car, rental vehicles, small passenger services (taxis and rideshare), car share

* An operator providing car share services under contract to businesses providing essential services (e.g. DHBs) can continue to provide that car share service (with appropriate cleaning of vehicles). Where long-term membership exists, customers may continue to utilise the vehicle where they are the only person or people from the same isolation group using that vehicle. It is not acceptable for car share vehicles to be provided under any other circumstances e.g. on a per hour basis.

Information and guidance will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

Alert Level 2 Alert Level 3 Alert Level 4

You can travel, but do it in a safe way and remember to keep a record of your journey.

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 (except if travelling in a private vehicle following advice from a Health officials, Healthline, a hospital or your GP).

You cannot travel if the travel would breach, a direction under s 70(1)(f) of 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.

Physical distancing and public health guidance applies (except for private vehicles). 

Vehicles other than private vehicles should be cleaned regularly in accordance with MOH guidance.

You can travel using these vehicles for essential personal movement in your local area (which may include crossing a regional boundary into an adjacent region) if you are:

  • accessing local businesses or services,
  • going to work and education (including in neighbouring region),
  • accessing low-risk recreation (noting this should be readily accessible from your home)
  • doing customary gathering (noting this should be readily accessible from your home),
  • facilitating extended bubble arrangements,
  • travelling to a funeral or tangihanga, wedding or civil union service,
  • undertaking inter-regional travel as set out below.

You can travel between regions using these vehicles if:

  • you are travelling to provide an essential business or service,
  • you are facilitating shared caregiving arrangements,
  • you are relocating a home or business, including to return to your usual residence if you have been ‘stuck in the wrong place’,
  • you are travelling for medical reasons,
  • you are travelling for an emergency or to give effect to a court order, or to attend a judicial institution,
  • you have an exemption to travel because of compassionate reasons,
  • you are going to a funeral or tangihanga,
  • you are a foreign national leaving New Zealand,
  • you are a New Zealander resident in the Realm (Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) returning home,
  • you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas and have completed 14 days’ of managed isolation or quarantine at the port of your arrival (except air and marine crew) and need to get home.

Even if you fall within one of the groups above, you cannot travel if an appropriate authority has asked you to self isolate or a Medical Officer of Health has individually directed you to isolate or quarantine.

Physical distancing and public health measures apply. Vehicles other than private cars must be cleaned regularly in accordance with MOH guidance.

You can travel using these vehicles* for essential personal travel within a territorial authority, for example to access food or medicine (passengers in car needs to be limited to people from the same bubble).

If you have approval, you can travel between regions using these vehicles* if:

  • you are travelling to do essential work,
  • you are travelling for medical reasons,
  • you are travelling for an emergency or to give effect to a court order,
  • you have an exemption to travel because of compassionate reasons,
  • you are a foreign national leaving New Zealand,
  • you have arrived in New Zealand from overseas and have completed 14 days’ of managed isolation or quarantine at the port of your arrival (except air and marine crew) and need to get home,
  • you are travelling between ‘bubbles’ under a ‘shared bubble arrangement’ – if the travel is within the same region, or across adjacent regions.

All other travel within region, or to other regions, is not allowed.

Even if you fall within one of the groups above, you cannot travel if: you are required to self-isolate (e.g. you have arrived from overseas); have symptoms of COVID-19; are being tested for COVID-19; or are a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 (except where using your private car and you are acting in accordance with advice from Healthline or your healthcare provider).

Physical distancing and public health measures apply. Vehicles other than private cars must be cleaned regularly in accordance with MOH guidance.


Guidance for freight

Information and guidance will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

Alert Level 2 Alert Level 3 Alert Level 4

No restrictions on the movement of freight. All freight can be distributed and received.

All freight can enter and leave the country. 

Public health measures apply at workplaces.

No restrictions on the movement of freight. All freight can be distributed and received.

All freight can enter and leave the country. 

Public health measures apply at workplaces.

All freight can be distributed and received, with essential freight prioritised. This includes de-vanning and delivery to businesses (including those businesses not currently permitted to trade, but for receipt only) and to customers.

All freight can enter and leave the country.


Guidance for recreational flying

Information and guidance will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

Alert Level 2 Alert Level 3 Alert Level 4

You can engage in recreational flying, but do it in a safe way and remember to keep a record of your flight.

Please refer to the Civil Aviation Authority’s website for guidance on recreational flying.

Physical distancing and public health guidance applies.

Not permitted. Recreational flying for unmanned aerial vehicles is permitted provided it complies with the Civil Aviation Authority rules and Health Act order for Alert Level 3.  Not permitted.


Guidance for recreational boating

Information and guidance will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

Alert Level 2 Alert Level 3 Alert Level 4

You can engage in recreational boating, but do it in a safe way and remember to keep a record of your travel.

Please refer to Maritime NZ’s website(external link) for guidance on recreational boating.

Physical distancing and public health guidance applies.

Restrictions apply. Please refer to Maritime NZ’s website for guidance on recreational boating.

Not permitted.



Guidance for active transport (walking and cycling)

Information and guidance will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

Alert Level 2 Alert Level 3 Alert Level 4

You can travel, but do it in a safe way and remember to keep a record of your journey.

Physical distancing and public health guidance applies.

Walking and other active travel (like cycling or using a personal scooter) is allowed for essential personal movement, so long as you stay local.

Physical distancing from people who are not in your extended bubble.

Public health measures apply.

Walking and other active travel (like cycling or using a personal scooter) is allowed for essential personal movement, so long as you stay local.

Physical distancing from people who are not in your same bubble.

Public health measures apply.


Guidance for shared micromobility schemes (e-scooter and bike rental by the minute/hour)

Information and guidance will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

Alert Level 2 Alert Level 3 Alert Level 4
These schemes can operate provided they meet the physical distancing guidelines, and other public health guidance (including cleaning guidelines). Not allowed. Not allowed.