COVID-19: Aviation sector

Information and guidance for the aviation sector.

Last updated: 30 September 2022

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Air Border Order

The Air Border Order has been amended by the COVID-19 PublicCOVID-19 Public Health Response (Air Border) Amendment Order (No 6) 2022. The key changes made by the Amendment Order which are applicable to aircrew are:

  • No travellers to New Zealand (including aircrew) are required to be vaccinated, or to test for COVID-19 after arriving.
  • Travellers also do not need to be free of any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All travellers arriving by air are encouraged to complete a Day 0/1 and Day 5/6 RAT, to report a positive result, and to then get a PCR test. Travellers should tell testing staff that they have recently been overseas.
  • With these changes, the need for the Quarantine Free Travel arrangement for travellers from certain Pacific Island countries will be gone, and the category will be discontinued. 

General information for airline and airport operators

The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Air Border) Order 2021 – Specified Airport of Arrival Notice is no longer in effect (from 11:59 pm 5 September 2022). Flights of all types (scheduled, unscheduled, and private) can use any airport in New Zealand, subject to all general requirements.

Arrivals who meet the definition of Overseas-Based Aircrew under the Air Border Order (ie, they arrive as crew, for repositioning purposes or to complete training, and are not ordinarily resident in New Zealand) do not need to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration.

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