Business travel across the Auckland boundary

Business and work travel across the Auckland boundary is strictly limited to stop the spread of the virus.

Latest update — 3 December 2021

From 3 December 2021

Travel within Auckland

From Friday 3 December 2021, Auckland is in Red settings. This applies to travel within Auckland.

There are no restrictions on travelling to Waiheke Island and Aotea (Great Barrier) Island.

Travel at Red

Travel across the Auckland boundary

From Friday 3 December, you can still only travel across the Auckland boundary for permitted reasons.

Note Port Waikato is included in the boundary with Auckland.

From 15 December 2021

From 15 December 2021, the boundary around Auckland and Port Waikato will ease.

Between 15 December 2021 and 17 January 2022, you can travel out of or into Auckland for any reason. When leaving Auckland, no matter how long you have been inside the boundary:

  • you must be fully vaccinated and have your My Vaccine Pass with you, or
  • you must carry evidence of a negative COVID-19 test administered no more than 72 hours before crossing the boundary.

These restrictions do not apply if you are transiting through Auckland — but you must travel directly through the region without stopping.

Get your My Vaccine Pass

From 18 January 2022

From 18 January 2022, there will be no restrictions on travel out of Auckland.

Travel is restricted across the Auckland boundary

Business or work travel across the Auckland boundary is strictly limited. The boundaries are an important way to manage the risk of the virus spreading, so we keep our loved ones and communities safe.

You may only travel across the boundary if that travel is permitted. Your employer also needs to make sure you have acceptable evidence that you are permitted to cross the boundary.

Permitted business travel across Auckland boundary

The following reasons for business or work travel are permitted.

If your business travel is permitted

If your business travel across the boundary is permitted, you are already allowed to cross the boundary. You do not need to apply for an exemption to travel.

Your employer needs to make sure:

  • they have systems in place to ensure the least number of workers needing to travel do so
  • they minimise the public health risks to anyone travelling as much as possible
  • you have appropriate evidence to travel.

Evidence to travel across the boundary

You should have evidence to travel across the boundary

The Business Travel Document can be used as evidence of your right to travel across the boundary. Having one makes crossing the boundary quicker and easier.

Get your Business Travel Document (external link)

Other evidence of your purpose of travel is also acceptable, for example, freight or delivery vehicles could provide delivery dockets. Find examples of evidence in the permitted travel section on this page. You should also have a form of photo ID.

Every person travelling should carry evidence — you may not be able to cross the boundary if you do not have it.

Make sure you have printed copies of your evidence, or electronic copies on your device.

From 3 December 2021

Business Travel Documents will still be used from 3 December 2021 to 14 December 2021.

From 15 December 2021, you will not need a Business Travel Document to cross the Auckland boundary. You will be able to travel in or out of Auckland for any reason.

There will be some restrictions:

Travel at Red

You cannot use Business Travel Documents from previous Alert Level lockdowns

You cannot use Business Travel Documents from previous Alert Level lockdowns, for example from February 2021. You must register for new ones. 

If your business travel is not permitted

If your reason for travelling is not permitted but you think you have an essential reason to travel for work, you can apply for an exemption.

Requests will need to meet criteria.

Apply for a business travel exemption

Nominate an authorised person who will apply on behalf of the business. They should understand the business travel operations, like who needs to travel, which boundaries they need to cross and why their travel is essential.

Employees cannot register. The authorised person needs to apply for them.

Note that exemption applications will not be processed until a Health Order is in place.

Apply for an exemption to cross the boundary (external link)

Travelling across the boundary for personal reasons

If you want to cross the boundary for personal reasons, you will need to check if your reason for travelling is permitted.

Personal travel across the Auckland boundary

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