Public, private and active transport

Travelling in New Zealand on public transport, in cars and if you are walking, cycling or scootering.

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Transport during Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2, you can travel, but make sure you do it in a safe way:

  • follow hygiene practices.
  • keep records of what travel services you use.
  • keep track of who you have been in contact with. 
  • keep your distance from groups of people you don’t know.
  • minimise the number of places you stop on the way to your destination.

You must not travel to events which do not meet the requirements for gatherings at Alert Level 2.

Public transport

Tips for minimising risk on public transport:

  • If you can, try to take public transport at off-peak times.
  • Avoid sitting or standing next to someone you don’t know.
  • If you’re flying or taking other forms of transport that involve bookings, follow the physical distancing instructions from your transport operators.
  • Don't travel if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting a test, or if you need to self-isolate.

Private vehicles

You can use a private vehicle for transport. Please take care around anyone cycling or walking. Slow down and save lives.

Walking, cycling and active transport

Walking and other active transport like cycling or scootering are fine.

Keep a 2 metre distance from other pedestrians. Take extra care if you need to step out into the street as there will be more traffic at Alert Level 2.

Transport during Alert Level 3

At Alert Level 3, travel is still restricted and is only allowed for permitted movement in your local area — for example going to work or school, shopping, or getting exercise.

Don’t travel outside of your region unless your local area crosses a regional boundary.

Your local area means the area near your home that you regularly visit for essential services. What is considered local will differ depending on where you live. City dwellers may have a supermarket or dairy close by. If you live rurally, you may need to take a drive to reach these.

Remember, any unnecessary travel may spread COVID-19.

Public transport

You can use public transport to travel within your local area, but only for the following reasons:

  • accessing local services and businesses
  • going to work or school for those who have to
  • low-risk exercise in your local area
  • visiting people in your extended bubble
  • travelling to permitted gatherings.

Maintain physical distancing from other people on public transport, unless you are travelling with people in your bubble.

Private vehicles

You can use a private vehicle for transport, but only for:

  • accessing essential services
  • shopping for food or medicine
  • an essential worker travelling to, from, or as part of your essential work.

You should only travel in your car with people from your bubble.

If you have to drive for essential reasons, please take care around anyone cycling or walking. Slow down and save lives.

Walking, cycling and active transport

Walking and other active transport like cycling or scootering are fine, provided you keep a 2 metre distance from anybody outside of your bubble.

Transport during Alert Level 4

At Alert Level 4, all types of transport and travel are restricted. Only use public transport and private vehicles for essential reasons.

Public transport

Public transport during Alert Level 4 is only available for people working in essential services, and for the general public to access essential services, for example for medical reasons or to get to the supermarket.

Ferry services, road and rail will still be available for the transport of essential goods.

More information from the Ministry of Transport (external link)

Private vehicles

You can use a private vehicle for transport, but only for:

  • accessing essential services
  • shopping for food or medicine
  • an essential worker travelling to, from, or as part of your essential work.

You should only travel in your car with people from your bubble.

If you have to drive for essential reasons, please take care around anyone cycling or walking. Slow down and save lives.

Warrants of Fitness or driver licences

If your Warrant of Fitness or Certificate of Fitness expired after 1 January 2020, it will be considered valid for up to 6 months from 10 April 2020.

If you are driving a vehicle with an expired Warrant of Fitness, you are expected to ensure the vehicle is safe. If you think your vehicle is unsafe, do not drive it.

If your driver licence expired after 1 January 2020, it will be considered valid for up to 6 months from 10 April 2020. License endorsements, such as for driving commercial passengers or carrying dangerous goods, that expired after 1 March 2020 will also be extended for up to 6 months. Any licence suspensions and disqualifications will continue to apply.

Further guidance from the Ministry of Transport (external link)

Walking, cycling and active transport

Walking and other active travel like cycling or scootering, are fine during Alert Level 4, provided you keep a 2 metre distance from anybody outside of your household. Stick to simple outdoor exercise near to where you live and avoid areas where you can get injured or lost. It’s important the emergency services remain available to support the response to COVID-19.

Remember, any unnecessary travel may spread COVID-19.

Further guidance on transport during Alert Level 4

Any questions relating to transport should go to the Ministry of Transport at essentialtransport@transport.govt.nz.

Ministry of Transport guidance on transport during Alert Level 4 (external link)

Transport for those who are unwell

If you have any COVID-19 related concerns please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice before you travel.

To help limit the spread of any virus, those who are unwell should stay at home. If you're unwell and must travel, private transport is required. If that's not possible, call Healthline for guidance first on 0800 358 5453.

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