Permitted movement within Alert Level 3

Personal movement within Alert Level 3 is limited, except for the permitted reasons.

Latest update — 20 September 2021

The rules for travelling at Alert Level 3 have not yet been confirmed. We are reviewing this page, and will post an update here when we have updated it.

  • Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on Tuesday 21 September.
  • The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2.

At Alert Level 3, travel is allowed for permitted reasons. 

If you are leaving home for a permitted reason, you do not need any other form of approval. 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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