Travel within New Zealand

Here's everything you need to know about travel requirements, vaccination and testing for domestic flights.

Before you travel with us, please make sure you meet both the New Zealand government's travel requirements under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (or 'traffic light system') and Air New Zealand's Domestic Vaccination policy which came into effect on 14 December 2021.

All passengers over the age of 12 years and three months must show proof of full vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test before checking in on domestic flights. Find out what you need to know about the vaccination and testing requirements.

If you're travelling within the next 24 hours:

It's a busy time of year to travel, so please arrive at the airport with plenty of time to complete check-in and bag drop.

If you feel sick, are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been asked to isolate, please do not travel.

Please note: face masks or coverings are a legal requirement on all domestic flights in all traffic light levels.

Last updated 14 January 2022, 12:10pm

What you need to know

From 14 December 2021 - 31 March 2022, all passengers aged 12 years and older will need to have one of the following to check in for Air New Zealand domestic flights:


Note: International travel requirements are different. Find out how to prepare for international travel.

Does everyone need to be vaccinated to fly domestically?

No, but if you are unable to provide proof of full vaccination status, you'll need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure. We don't want to leave anyone behind, which is why we're giving you the choice to either be fully vaccinated or present a negative test. If you need more information, check out our vaccination and testing FAQs.

Children under the age of 12 do not need to provide proof of vaccination or testing. 

The Air New Zealand Domestic Vaccination policy came into effect on 14 December for an initial trial period until 31 March 2022. We will review this policy in March 2022.

Is it safe to travel?

Our requirements for either a full vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure provide an extra layer of protection.

For everyone's wellbeing and to reduce physical contact, we recommend checking-in online or via the Air NZ mobile app. Online check-in is available 24 hours before the departure of your flight. You can download the Air NZ mobile app here. We're also taking extra measures to keep everyone safe

Before you fly

If you have a My Vaccine Pass

You can use your My Vaccine Pass QR code as proof of eligibility to check in online or at the airport.

Airpoints members

  • Record your vaccination status for all your upcoming New Zealand domestic flights by scanning or uploading the My Vaccine Pass QR code to your Airpoints profile
  • Follow these steps to do this online or within the latest version of the Air NZ mobile app 
  • When you opt to save your status, we'll automatically apply it to your future domestic bookings
  • You can now check in online and won't need to show your vaccine pass at the airport

If you're not an Airpoints member

  • Add your vaccination status by uploading your My Vaccine Pass QR code at online check-in which opens 24 hours before your flight departs
  • You'll need to do this before each flight
  • We recommend that you join Airpoints so you can keep a travel profile for future ease of travel

If you have a printed copy of your My Vaccine Pass and don't want to upload it, you can present it at the airport; either scan it at the kiosk, or the check-in counter.

If you do not have a My Vaccine Pass

You will need to check in at the airport with either official proof of vaccination or your negative COVID-19 test results.

If you have not completed a full vaccine course, please:  

  • Get a COVID-19 pre-departure test within 72 hours of your flight's departure
  • You will need to check in at the airport (not online)
  • Bring the official proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (either a text message or a copy of your laboratory results)
  • We recommend you arrive at the airport at least 60 minutes before your flight departs to complete check-in at the service counter

Travelling with others

If you're travelling as a group, you'll need each passenger over the age of 12 years and 3 months to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. 

We're allowing a three-month grace period for 12-year-old children to receive their full course of vaccination.

For vaccinated passengers, you'll need to provide the My Vaccine Passes of all travellers you wish to check in. If you have multiple passengers on your booking, you can upload their passes when online check-in opens for your flight.

Anyone without a My Vaccine Pass will need to check in at the airport.  

There is no requirement for children under 12 years of age. See more about travelling with children or information on children travelling alone

How to show proof

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will be required during the check-in process. 

Keeping you safe while travelling

The wellbeing of our customers and our people is important to us, and we're doing what we can to ensure every journey together is a safe and enjoyable one.  

High touch surfaces are cleaned regularly, and we take extra steps to ensure all our aircraft, lounges and airports are frequently cleaned. Hand sanitiser is readily available. In addition, here's what we are also doing to help you travel safely.

A face covering or mask is required for adult passengers on all flights as well as at arrival and departure airports.

Our inflight food and beverage service for domestic flights is currently paused. Water is available upon request. Face coverings are mandatory when not enjoying a drink.

All our New Zealand domestic and regional lounges are open. Face coverings are required when not eating or drinking. Please remember to scan in with the NZ COVID Tracer app. 

Under the Covid Protection Framework, physical distancing is not required at the airport or while boarding.

Frequently asked questions

How do I prepare for travel?

How do I upload My Vaccine Pass to my Airpoints™ profile?

Why doesn't My Vaccine Pass work?

Is it secure to record my vaccination status in the Air NZ mobile app?

Will I be able to check in online or via the Air NZ mobile app?

Will I need to wear a face covering in airports or onboard your aircraft?

Questions about vaccination and testing

Do I need a COVID-19 test before each flight?

Which vaccination passes or certificates do you accept?

I have a medical exemption, what do I need to do?

Which vaccines & tests are accepted for domestic flights?

How do I manage my booking?

I have travel booked within New Zealand and don't want to travel, can I get a refund? (NZ only)

Can I travel with my pet within New Zealand?

Can my children travel as unaccompanied minors?

What to expect when I fly?

Is my flight still operating?

Will you be serving drinks and snacks on your domestic flights?

Can passengers transit New Zealand or Australia to get home?