Business travel permissions at Alert Level 3

Travel across Alert Level 2 and 3 areas is strictly limited to stop the spread of the virus. You may need to seek additional permission to complete travel across Alert Level areas.

Restrictions on travel between areas with different Alert Levels

Travel between Alert Level areas is strictly limited.

Anyone wanting to travel between Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2 regions for business reasons needs to check whether they are permitted to travel.

A person may go in or out of an Alert Level 3 area but only if that travel is permitted under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements) Order or you have an exemption granted by the Director-General of Health under that Order.

You or your employer need to make sure you have evidence that you are permitted to cross the boundary.

Register your permitted travel across the boundary, or apply for an exemption

If your business or service is permitted to travel across the boundary

If your business or service is permitted to travel across the boundary under the Order, you can register to get a Business Travel Document as evidence of your right to travel across the boundary. This will make crossing the boundary quicker and easier. People crossing the boundary should also have a form of photo ID.

Other evidence of your purpose of travel is also acceptable.

Register your permitted travel (external link)

If your business travel is not permitted to travel across the boundary

If your reason for travelling is not permitted, you can apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be limited to critical activity only. Requests will need to meet criteria and many requests will not be approved.

Apply for a business travel exemption for critical activity (external link)

If you want to travel across the boundary for personal reasons

If you want to cross the boundary for personal reasons, you will need to apply for an exemption from the Ministry of Health.

More information about exemptions for personal travel

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