Travel at Green

You can travel anywhere at Green, but you must wear a face mask on flights.

You can travel at Green

  • You can travel anywhere in New Zealand at any traffic light setting.
  • Do not travel if you are unwell.
  • Some transport providers may ask you to show your My Vaccine Pass or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Check with the operator before travelling.
  • If you are travelling into a different setting area, you will need to follow the guidance for that area when you are there.
  • There are no physical distancing requirements on transport services or in airports, train stations or bus terminals.

Public transport

You do not need to show a vaccine pass to use public transport, as these services are needed to access services for basic needs such as food and healthcare.

There are no physical distancing requirements on public transport, at bus stops or train stations.

You are not required to wear a face mask on public transport.

Scan in or keep a record of which service you travel

Scan the QR code or keep a record of which service you travelled with and when. This will help with contact tracing for any cases in your community.

Airlines, Cook Strait ferries and KiwiRail

Some transport providers, such as Air New Zealand, KiwiRail and Cook Strait ferry operators, may require you to show a vaccine pass or negative COVID-19 test result before boarding if you are aged 12 years and 3 months or above. The test must be taken within 72 hours before your journey. 

Check with the operator what its My Vaccine Pass or testing requirements are before you travel.

Rapid antigen tests

Free rapid antigen tests will be available at community pharmacies from 11:59pm 14 December 2021 to 31 January 2022.

The tests will be available for travellers who are:

  • over the age of 12 years and 3 months, and
  • do not have COVID-19 symptoms, and
  • are from any part of New Zealand, and
  • need a negative test result to travel with a transport company.

Find a community pharmacy or testing centre (external link)

Face masks on flights

You must wear a face mask on flights. We encourage you to wear a face mask in the terminal.

Scan in or keep a record of which service you travel

Scan the QR code or keep a record of which service you travelled with and when. This will help with contact tracing for any cases in your community.

If you test positive while you are away

If you test positive for COVID-19 while you are away from home, you and the people you are travelling with will need to isolate. You can only return home if you have a private vehicle, and you do not need to use public transport — such as a ferry to get home. 

Make sure you have a plan in case this happens. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 while travelling

Stay home if self-isolating or waiting for a test result

If you have been told to self-isolate because of COVID-19, you must not travel.

What to do if you are told to self-isolate

If you are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, you must not travel.

Keep up healthy habits to protect us

Even though we are a highly vaccinated country, COVID-19 can still spread in our communities. Slow the spread of the virus by keeping up healthy habits.

Keep up healthy habits

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