Travel is restricted across the Alert Level boundary
Personal travel across an Alert Level boundary is strictly limited to minimise the spread of the virus. You can only travel across an Alert Level boundary for permitted reasons.
Travel across Alert Level 3 boundaries
There are 3 separate Alert Level boundaries around Northland, Auckland and parts of Waikato. Personal travel across these boundaries is limited to permitted reasons.
If your reason to travel is permitted you can travel from an Alert Level 2 area into an Alert Level 3 area (and the other direction), or from one Alert Level 3 area to another. If your reason is not permitted, you cannot cross an Alert Level boundary.
To cross an Alert Level boundary for a permitted reason, you are required to carry evidence with you. You may also need evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before your travel, or evidence of a COVID-19 test taken no more than 7 days before your travel.
Check the list of permitted travel. It will tell you if and when you need to get tested, and what evidence you need.
Getting tested when crossing the boundary
Depending on the reason for your travel, you may need to get a test before crossing the boundary. Most people aged 12 and over need to get a test before crossing the boundary from Auckland, whether by land or air. You do not need to get tested when crossing the boundary one-way into Auckland, or if you travel from an Alert Level 2 area, through an Alert Level 3 area and into another Alert Level 2 area (when this is possible).
There is an exception for people who travel into Auckland for a medical appointment (including vaccinations), and then leave to return home. They do not need a test when leaving Auckland.
The evidence you need to carry depends on the reason for your travel. Some people do not need to be tested. Please note that you cannot get a saliva test for personal travel across the boundary.
Check the list of permitted travel. Depending on your reason for travel, it will tell you if and when you need to get tested and what evidence you need to carry.
Download summary of testing requirements
Download a table that summarises the testing requirements for personal travel out of the Alert Level 3 area.
List of permitted travel across Alert Level boundary
Check if your reason for travel is permitted:
If your personal travel is permitted
If your personal travel across the boundary is permitted, you are already allowed to cross the boundary. Do not apply for an exemption to travel, because you do not need one.
You just need to make sure you have acceptable evidence to travel. If you are making a return trip, you will also need to carry evidence of where you live.
Whether you are driving or flying across the boundary, you will be asked to show you have evidence to travel. At the airport and the road checkpoint, have your evidence ready as officials may ask to see it at any time.
Find examples of acceptable evidence in the list of permitted travel. You must also have a form of photo ID.
If you are travelling to an area at a lower Alert Level, make sure you follow safety precautions if you stop, such as:
- wearing a face covering
- maintaining 2 metres physical distance from others
- regularly washing or sanitising your hands.
Remember to keep a record of where you have stopped, using the NZ COVID Tracer app or a physical record.
If you have visited a location of interest or have COVID-19 symptoms, you should not travel. Instead, stay home and isolate from others, and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting a test.
If your personal travel is not permitted
You must check if your personal travel across the boundary is permitted.
If your reason for travelling is not permitted, you need to apply for an exemption. Before applying for an exemption, you must be sure that:
- your need to travel across the boundary is urgent and cannot be delayed, and
- there is no one else (who does not need to cross the boundary) that can attend the event or perform the activity for you.
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.
Travelling for business or work reasons
If you want to cross the boundary for business or work reasons, you or your employer need to check if your reason for travelling is permitted.
Travel within an Alert Level area
The information on this page is about permitted personal travel across an Alert Level boundary.
Find information about permitted movement within your Alert Level area:
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