Travelling at Red

25 Mar 2022

At 11.59pm on Sunday 23 January, the whole of New Zealand moved to red under the Government’s traffic light system. From 26 March and 4 April, other key changes have been announced by the Government.

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

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


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 hotel restaurant.

Vaccine passes may be required to board a flight. If you are 12 years old or over, Air New Zealand and Jetstar require you to prove you have been vaccinated or have received a negative covid test, before boarding your flight. Other airlines’ requirements may be similar. We advise you check the situation with your airline before arriving at the airport.

From 26 March, you are no longer required to scan in. This includes when you first arrive at the airport and when visiting any of the food and beverage operators or stores in the terminal. We will continue displaying QR codes in case you choose to check in.

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


We are very excited to recommence international flights from 31 March 2022. At first this will be for returning New Zealand citizens and residents, followed by Australian citizens and residents from 13 April 2022.

There will be some additional requirements for arriving international passengers, including a requirement to take a RAT test on arrival at home or at your accommodation. There are also new online health declarations that need to be filled out. Please check with your airline to ensure you are up to date with any requirements. Prepare for these be checked at your overseas check in, and also on arrival in New Zealand.

International citizens are required to be vaccinated.  

Full information about health requirements is available and being updated here.

Family and friends are welcome to meet and greet your arriving whānau in the international arrivals area. You must wear a face mask.  


A negative Covid-19 test may be required for international travel. From April 17 this is no longer required for travel to Australia, but a PCR or supervised Rapid Antigen test may be required for travel to other destinations such as Fiji. Proof of vaccination is required for most international travel. 

There may be other requirements, such as traveller declaration forms, depending on your destination and transit points. 

Please check with your airline well before you depart, to make sure you are meeting all requirements and have the correct documentation. 


Rapid Antigen Tests are available for purchase at Wellington Airport stores Relay and The Gift Company, but supervised RATs (required for some travel) are not available.

To find the closest location to you for a supervised test for travel, please refer to: and please check with your airline to ensure you are meeting their requirements.


All domestic retailers and food and beverage outlets are operating as usual while we are at red, 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.


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


For Covid-19 updates, please visit:

The Ministry of Transport website has information about the 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.