Travelling at Orange

1 Dec 2021

From 11.59pm on Thursday 2 December, New Zealand will begin operating under the Government’s new traffic light system. The new approach replaces the previous Alert Level framework and will introduce more freedoms for vaccinated New Zealanders.

Initially, Wellington will operate under the orange framework.

The Ministry of Transport website has information about the new framework and what is required at green, orange and red. Please note government rules are different in airports to some other places. For example, airport hospitality operators are not required to check vaccine passports.

Below is a list of the key things you need to know while travelling to or from Wellington Airport at orange.

As the situation continues to evolve, we will keep this page updated with latest advice for passengers.

What you need to know

Vaccine passes are not required to enter the terminal. You are not required to show a vaccine certificate to enter the terminal or to visit any of the airport stores, other than the Rydges Wellington Airport hotel and their food and beverage facilities.

Domestic vaccine passes may be required to board a flight. From 14 December, Air New Zealand will require you to prove you have been vaccinated, or have received a negative PCR test, before boarding your flight (learn more here). Other airlines’ requirements may be similar. We advise you check the situation with your airline before arriving at the airport.

You should continue to scan in. When you first arrive at the airport and when visiting any of the food and beverage operators or stores in the terminal, please scan in. This makes it easier to track your movements if there is a positive case at the airport.

You must wear a mask in the terminal. This is important for your safety and the safety of others. Face masks may only be removed while eating and drinking.

Stay home if you are feeling unwell. If you are feeling unwell, being tested for Covid-19 or have been asked to self-isolate, stay at home and follow Ministry of Health guidance.

Steps we are taking to keep you safe

At the airport, we will continue to:

  • Clearly communicate social distance measures through posters, digital signs and PA announcements
  • Ensure furniture is arranged so you can keep a safe distance from other travellers
  • Regularly deep clean all facilities and key touch points, such as check-in counters and touch screens, handrails, door handles and public phones
  • Ensure hand sanitiser dispensers are available around the terminal
  • Work closely with all airport tenants to help them meet health and safety requirements

International Travel

As per recent announcements from the Government, we are expecting international flights to and from Wellington to restart early in 2022. We will provide more information once details are confirmed.

Services available at Wellington Airport at orange

All domestic retailers and food and beverage outlets are operating as usual while we are at orange, however opening times may vary daily according to airline schedules. To find out if a store is open, and at what times, please contact the store directly using the contact details on our website.

Ground transport and parking

Most services are operating as usual. For information about the services available, see our transport and parking pages.

For Covid-19 updates, please visit: