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Crossing an Alert Level boundary

Anyone seeking to travel across Covid Alert Level boundaries, including essential workers, need to follow Government requirements.

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Essential workers crossing an Alert Level boundary should carry:

  • Business Travel Document from their employer
  • A 'travel letter' from their employer
  • Proof of a Covid test in the last seven days.


Employers of essential workers who need to travel across an Alert Level boundary will need to do the following:

  • Apply for an 'exemption' or Business Travel Documents from the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Click here for more info. This will create a QR code document to provide to employees. 
  • Provide a 'travel letter' to employees, stating who they work for, their job title and reason for travel. You can download a travel letter template below.
  • Allow for workers to get tested. Employers must have a process in place to allow workers to be tested for Covid. Essential workers will need to supply proof of a Covid test before crossing an Alert Level boundary. 

Auckland Border

The Government has confirmed that the alert level boundary around Auckland will be removed from Wednesday 15 December.

From that date, people travelling out of Auckland will have to be either fully vaccinated or have had a negative test within 72 hours of departure. This requirement will be in place for the core summer period between 15 December and 17 January.

Essentially, everyone will be in the same boat to move in and out of Auckland from 15 December, and the ‘essential worker’ status goes.  That is, everyone will need to have been doubled vaccinated or return a negative test within 72 hours of travelling. 

Travellers taking a ferry between Wellington and Picton will also be required to show proof of vaccination, or a negative Covid test.

Covid testing for crossing Alert Level boundaries

  • Essential workers must provide proof of a Covid test taken within the last seven days.
  • No stand-down period applies. That is; an employee is not required to self-isolate while the test result is being processed. Employees can continue to work provided they have no symptoms.
  • In the event an employee develops symptoms, it is strongly recommended they seek a Covid test.
  • Testing will be at no cost to the employer or employee.
  • Employers must have systems in place to record when essential workers have crossed borders and when they have been tested for Covid-19.
  • Employers must also facilitate essential workers to go and get tested during their work hours.
  • Police will be doing spot checks and turning people around who do not have evidence of a test.
  • Legislation states that testing ‘Proof needs to be written verification provided by the medical practitioner who carried out the test’. However, what form this proof may take is still under discussion. View the legislation here.

Find your nearest testing site here

Information resources for workplaces:

Testing options (Online)

Testing options (Print)

Employer (Online)

Employer (Print)

Worker (Online)

Worker (Print)

Saliva testing (A3 poster)

Saliva testing (A4 poster)