COVID-19: Travel within New Zealand

Last updated: 14 April 2022

Travel at Orange

You can travel anywhere in New Zealand at any traffic light setting.

However, you must not travel if you’ve been told to self-isolate, or if you are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.

Unless your transport provider requires it, you do not need a My Vaccine Pass or a negative COVID-19 test to travel. 

You do not need to physically distance.

Face mask requirements

When you’re travelling, you must wear a mask:

  • on flights
  • on Cook Straight ferries
  • at arrival and departure points (e.g. airports)
  • on public transport.

Domestic transport carrier requirements

Despite the expiry of the government My Vaccine Pass mandate, some transport providers may still require you to show a My Vaccine Pass or negative COVID-19 test result before boarding if you are aged 12 years and 3 months or above.

If you want to travel domestically with a transport company in New Zealand, you are strongly encouraged to check your carrier’s vaccination requirements well in advance of your departure.

Free rapid antigen tests are currently available at participating community pharmacies to 30 June 2022.

The tests will be available for travellers from any part of New Zealand who:

  • are unvaccinated, and
  • are over the age of 12 years and 3 months, and
  • do not have COVID-19 symptoms, and
  • need a negative test result to travel with a transport company.

See more information about free rapid antigen testing

If you need to self-isolate while travelling

If you are considering travelling please have plans in place, in case you need to safely self-isolate.

This may happen if you become unwell, test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as a household contact to a COVID case while you are travelling.

If you are unable to return home, you may have extra costs involved in paying for accommodation and to changing your travel plans.

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