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The impact of COVID-19 in New Zealand has made things unpredictable in the domestic travel space, with restrictions constantly changing. Though New Zealand has dealt with the pandemic relatively well, the New Zealand government encourages all domestic travelers to be cautious. Here, we answer some common questions about domestic travel restrictions and safety regulations. Read on to learn whether it is safe to travel within New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This article has been updated based on information available as of November 12, 2021.
Current vaccination situation
On the vaccination front, New Zealand’s vaccination rate has now reached 90 percent for first doses and 80 percent for second doses. This means the country is well on its way towards reaching its goal of being able to implement its new COVID-19 Protection Framework, which hopes to make lockdowns a thing of the past.
COVID-19 Alert System
New Zealand operates on a 4-level COVID-19 Alert System. Each level denotes the various health and safety regulations and measures when leaving your house, traveling locally, and traveling regionally.
Most of New Zealand currently remains at Alert Level 2, with certain areas at Alert Level 3. Click here to refer to updates.
NZ COVID Tracer app
The New Zealand government encourages everyone to download the NZ COVID Tracer app for contact tracing. Download the app on the Apple Store or on Google Play.
How it works
The app uses Bluetooth tracing technology to alert a user if they have been near another app user who has tested position for COVID-19.
When Bluetooth tracing is switched on, the app sends out a private and secure random ID code. Other users who have their Bluetooth tracing switched on will receive this random ID. This random code is used to notify users who have come into close contact or are at risk of exposure to those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Users will receive an alert and advice on what they should do to keep themselves and others safe.
While Bluetooth is enabled, the app assures that location, name, and other personal information will not be shared. Read more about the app here.
Local and regional travel
Wearing a face mask
It is a legal requirement to wear a face mask or face covering when leaving your home. Some people may be exempt from this requirement, such as children under 12. Click here for more information.
Face coverings must be worn on all domestic flights. Comply with all airline regulations and track your journey as much as possible.
Do not travel if:
- You have a cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms
- You are awaiting a COVID-19 test
- You need to self-isolate
Leaving your house
Most of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. At Alert Level 2, you may leave your house and travel unless between Alert Level areas (where travel is strictly limited). If you travel, do so in a safe way and keep track of who you come into contact with.
If you are sick:
- Stay at home
- Get tested or contact your doctor if you are experiencing cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms
Where can I find more information?
You can find more information related to COVID-19 restrictions on the New Zealand government website.
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