Testing for personal travel across Alert Level boundaries

From 11.59pm on 23 September, people permitted to travel for personal reasons across the boundary from Alert Level 3 to a lower Alert Level will need to have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.

Last updated: 24 September 2021

People permitted for personal reasons to cross the boundary from Alert Level 3 to a lower Alert Level will need to have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to crossing the Alert Level boundary.

This requirement came into effect at 11.59pm 23 September 2021.

The new personal travel requirement does not apply to people travelling from Alert Level 2 to access health services with an appointment (including vaccinations) in Alert Level 3, and then travelling back to their place of residence in Alert Level 2.

The requirements for permitted workers crossing Alert Level boundaries do not change. You can find out more about permitted worker requirements at Testing for workers who cross Alert Level boundaries.

You can check if you’re allowed to travel, if you need to get tested, and what evidence you need to carry, on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Most people travelling for personal reasons who cannot provide the required evidence of a negative test will be turned back at the boundary if stopped by Police as part of their compliance checking.

You can find out more about permitted reasons for personal travel across an Alert Level boundary on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

It can take between 48-72 hours to receive results of a test, and sometimes longer depending on the demands for testing during an outbreak. Anybody who anticipates travelling across the Alert Level boundaries should get a test as soon as possible.

Testing is free for this purpose. Nasal swab tests are available at community testing centres, urgent care clinics and GPs across the country. Go to the Healthpoint website for details of locations of testing sites.

Alert Level restrictions for travel prevent the spread of COVID-19. People moving around create more risk of transmission of the virus than people who are staying at home. This additional testing will provide an assurance that travel is being done safely and prevent COVID-19 crossing boundaries from these higher risk settings.

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