Travel at Red

You can travel around New Zealand at Red. There are no boundaries under the traffic lights.

Key points

  • You can travel anywhere in New Zealand at all traffic light settings. There are no boundaries under the traffic lights.
  • You can travel for any reason.
  • Do not travel if you are unwell, isolating or waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • Unless your transport provider requires it, you do not need a My Vaccine Pass or a negative COVID-19 test to travel.  
  • You must wear a face mask on all flights and public transport, and in taxi and ride-share services — unless you are exempt.  
  • Scan the QR code or keep a record of which service you travelled with and when.

Public transport, taxis and ride-shares

You do not need a My Vaccine Pass to use public transport or taxi and ride-share services.

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

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

Face masks

You must wear a face mask:

  • on flights
  • on public transport
  • in taxis and ride-share services
  • on Cook Strait ferries
  • at arrival and departure points — for example airports, train stations, bus stops and terminals
  • on all Kiwirail services — customers can remove their face mask when they are in their seat inside their carriage.

When you must wear a face mask

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

International travel

Find out about requirements for travelling to, transiting, and departing New Zealand.

International travel and transit

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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