Regional travel

Advice for travelling between different regions of New Zealand.

Travel between regions at Alert Level 1

If you’re living at Alert Level 1, you can travel anywhere in New Zealand that is at Alert Level 1 or 2. If you travel to a region that is at Alert Level 2, make sure you follow the restrictions and advice for that region.

You legally must wear a face covering when travelling into, from or through an Alert Level 2 region on public transport or aircraft. In Alert Level 1 regions, we encourage you to use face coverings on public transport and aircraft.

We recommend using the NZ COVID Tracer app to keep track of where you've been while travelling or on holiday, as you may not recall all the places you've visited.

Do not travel if you're sick

If you're sick, stay home and do not travel. If you become unwell while on holiday or travelling away from home, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your GP or Nurse Practitioner to find out if you should get a test.

If you're advised to get a test, do so from wherever you are in the country. Do not wait until you get home to get a test.

Stay safe at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, we still need to play it safe. We all need to be ready in case COVID-19 comes back into the community.

To be ready at Alert Level 1:

  • maintain good hygiene
  • stay home if you’re sick
  • get tested if you have cold or flu symptoms
  • keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.

Get more advice on living at Alert Level 1, including keeping your distance, wearing face coverings and contact tracing for businesses

Travel between regions at Alert Level 2

If you’re living at Alert Level 2, you can travel anywhere in New Zealand that is at Alert Level 1 or 2, but make sure you do it in a safe way.

You legally must wear a face covering when travelling into, from or through an Alert Level 2 region on public transport or aircraft.

If you travel to a region that is at Alert Level 1, we encourage you to act as if you are carrying your Alert Level with you. Consider avoiding large gatherings, unless you’re going to a funeral or tangihanga. If you’re sick, please don’t travel at all — stay home and get tested. 

Guidelines for travelling around the country

  • You legally must wear a face covering on public transport and aircraft. There are exceptions.
    Face coverings
  • 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, where possible.

Do not travel:

  • if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting a test or if you need to self-isolate
  • to events which do not meet the requirements for gatherings at Alert Level 2.

Taking a domestic flight at Alert Level 2

You can take a domestic flight for recreation and tourism. Follow guidance to stay safe. Track your journey.

Follow all the guidance from transport operators and crew. Sit only in your allocated seat onboard the aircraft. Maintain physical distancing where you can.

You can fly a small aircraft or glider for recreation if you can do it safely. Keep a record of your journey. 

Using Cook Strait ferries at Alert Level 2

You can use the Cook Strait ferries for recreation and tourism. Follow guidance to stay safe, track your journey and follow these tips:

  • Follow the instructions and guidance from crew and transport operators.
  • Maintain physical distancing where you can.
  • Comply with any temporary barriers and seat signage telling you where you’re allowed to sit.
  • Maintain good hygiene all the time — wash your hands regularly, sneeze or cough into your elbow.

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