Permitted movement within Alert Level 3

Personal movement within the Alert Level 3 areas is limited, except for essential personal movement.

This page is about travel inside an Alert Level 3 area

This page is about travel inside an Alert Level 3 area.

If you want information about travelling across an Alert Level boundary, see:

Movement within an Alert Level 3 area

You can travel within an Alert Level 3 area for permitted reasons.

If you are leaving home for a permitted reason, you do not need to apply for permission. You should carry some evidence of your reason to leave your home, for example proof of address for both households if you are maintaining a shared childcare arrangement.

You may be asked to show evidence of your reason for travel — if you cannot show it, you may be prevented from travelling by the travel operator or other authority.

You should call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice if you:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19
  • have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

If you test positive for COVID-19 you must stay isolated and follow the advice from health officials.

Individual exemptions

The purpose of Alert Levels 3 and 4 is to limit the movement of people to only that which is absolutely necessary. This helps to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Please carefully review the list of permitted movements. You do not need to apply for an exemption if your reason to travel is for one of the permitted reasons.

If your reason for personal travel is not already permitted, the Director-General of Health may grant individual exemptions to the Alert Level 3 or 4 restrictions.

However, exemptions are granted only in exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis, and only where this is consistent with the public health response to COVID-19.

To apply for an exemption for personal travel within an Alert Level region please visit the Ministry of Health website. 

Apply for an individual exemption (external link)

Travel across an Alert Level boundary

The information on this page is about permitted movement within an Alert Level 3 area.

Find out about travel permissions when crossing an Alert Level boundary:

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