Travel at Orange

You can travel anywhere for any reason at Orange.

You can travel at Orange

  • You can travel anywhere in New Zealand at any traffic light setting. There are no boundaries under the traffic lights.
  • You can travel for any reason.
  • Do not travel if you are unwell.
  • You do not need a My Vaccine Pass or a negative COVID-19 test, unless you are travelling with some transport providers
    Airlines and Cook Strait ferries
  • 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.

Travel at Red

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.

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

Vaccination and testing requirements for domestic travel

Some transport providers — such as Air New Zealand and Cook Strait ferry operators — may require you to show My Vaccine Pass or a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding if you are aged 12 years and 3 months or above. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before your journey.  

Before you travel, make sure you check the requirements with your transport provider. 

Tests for domestic travellers

Free rapid antigen tests (RATs) are available at selected community pharmacies until 31 January 2022.

The tests are available for travellers from any part of New Zealand who:

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

More information about free rapid antigen testing

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.

Face masks on public transport

You must wear a face mask:

  • on public transport
  • at arrival and departure points, for example airports, train stations and bus stops

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 contract tracing for any cases in your community.

Taxis and ride-shares

You must wear a face mask:

  • in taxis
  • in ride-share vehicles

We recommend you wear a face mask whenever you leave your home.

Wear a face mask

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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