COVID-19 frequently asked questions

Below you will find the latest developments and any new travel guidelines relating to COVID-19 along with what Auckland Airport are doing to ensure your journey through the airport is as smooth as possible. We ask travellers for their patience and understanding and appreciate your contribution to managing the public health risk. As an essential service Auckland Airport remains open.

International flights

Auckland Airport is urging travellers to stay at home unless they are confirmed to depart from the international terminal that same day. Passengers are encouraged to check with their airline to find out if their service is still operating.

Domestic flights

3-14 December travel is strictly limited for essential services. Visit the website to find out more.

From 15 December 2021 and 17 January 2022, you can travel into and out of Auckland for any reason but you will need to follow some restrictions.

Click here to find out more about travelling under the Covid-19 Protection Framework.

If you have questions about your flight, contact your airline for the latest information.

You must wear a face covering when you’re travelling on all public transport.

You must wear a face covering when you’re travelling on a domestic flight anywhere in New Zealand — this does not include private flights.

We ask all guests to wear masks in the terminal.

For current help and advice for travellers please go to the New Zealand Government COVID-19 website.

Travel restrictions

Auckland Airport has been advised by the New Zealand Government of temporary travel restrictions as part of its ongoing COVID-19 prevention efforts, you can learn more about these on the Ministry of Health's website.


Customs’ eGates are currently closed. All travellers are required to have their passports physically checked by a Customs officer. For more information visit New Zealand Customs Service website.

Arriving into New Zealand

Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed quarantine or isolation. For more information visit the New Zealand Government COVID-19 website or the Ministry of Health website.

Transit information for passengers transiting through Auckland Airport

A new transit lounge is operating for all flights arriving into Auckland.

As a transit passenger you can only travel through Auckland International Airport where you must stay in the transit area of the airport or on board your craft. Normally you must spend less than 24 hours in transit in New Zealand, but this may change at short notice due to COVID-19 Alert Levels. Visit Immigration New Zealand for more information.

View essential information to help you plan your journey.

Frequently asked questions

What is COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)?

A virus, that can cause acute respiratory infection ranging from mild to severe. Most of the infected people have had mild to moderate flu-like symptoms. More information on the signs and symptoms can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

How can I get hold of my airline, check cancellations and re-book?

  1. Use airline websites and online self-service options
  2. If you originally booked with a travel agent in your home country contact them directly to change your booking. Or work with New Zealand-based travel agents to find available seats with airlines that are still operating
  3. Try contacting your airline by phone. Most airlines have call centres to assist passengers that operate 24 hours a day, however, please be patient as some have long wait times
  4. If you have travel insurance, use the insurer’s emergency assistance phone number to seek advice on getting a flight
  5. If you do get a new flight, make sure you check the border restrictions in place for your return journey, in particular any transits. The IATA website has a country by country list of border restrictions
  6. If all other options are exhausted, travellers should contact their country’s embassy, High Commission or consulate for assistance. Contact list of Foreign Representative in New Zealand -

What is Auckland Airport doing about COVID-19?

Auckland Airport is working closely with the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) to support border security requirements.

In addition to this, Auckland Airport is following the ARPHS Ill Traveller Protocol, in line with international health regulations. The protocol is a well-established multi agency process to effectively monitor, assess and manage ill travellers arriving on planes and ships into New Zealand.

As a precautionary measure, Auckland Airport has asked all precinct workers to follow recommendations from the World Health Organisation and Ministry of Health guidance, as outlined below:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • Wear a mask
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough

We have also created more space between tables and chairs in food courts and dwell area across the terminal to enable social distancing.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.

Auckland Airport has increased the frequency of cleaning inside our terminals, particularly to our bathroom areas and family change facilities. This cleaning regime meets the standards set by the Ministry of Health. We have also made additional hand-sanitisers available for our staff and those in our terminals.

What about my car parking?

If you are unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, and it is within 24 hours of your pre-booked car park entry time, please email We will refund the full cost of your booking.

If you have already parked your car and in the event your international or domestic flight is delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, and you have made your original booking online, please email as soon as you are aware of changes to your travel plans. If your delay is due to a government change in COVID-19 travel restrictions, you will be able to remain in the carpark at no extra charge.

When you return to the carpark, please press the intercom help button at the exit column and tell the parking services team your booking reference number and flight number, they will be able to verify your booking has been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and open the barrier.

If your delay is not due to COVID-19 and no additional booking has been made for your extended time in the carpark, then overstay rates will be charged on exit.

Standard daily drive-up rates will apply for the duration of your stay if you entered the carpark without an online booking.

If there is someone ill in the terminal, what should we do?

Travellers experiencing symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness are recommended to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their healthcare provider. You can call Healthline free on 0800 611 116 for health advice and information.

How long will this go on for?

Auckland Airport is following guidelines from the MOH and will keep supporting public health staff on site for as long as the MOH and ARPHS feel they are needed here.

Should I wear a face mask?

You legally must wear a face covering when you’re travelling on all public transport. This includes our Park & Ride bus. You also legally must wear a face covering when you’re travelling on a domestic flight anywhere in New Zealand — this does not include private flights.

You are also encouraged to wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing is not possible, such as the shops, cafes and terminals at the airport. Please also follow the instructions on the mask and dispose of it correctly in a rubbish bin. There are some situations when you do not have to wear them, visit the Government COVID-19 website for more information.

Follow best practice hygiene

The best way to protect yourself, family, friends and colleagues from germs and viruses is to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and dry them well.

So, whether you’re at work or at home everyone should follow ARPHS guide to clean hands:

  1. Wet your hands under clean running water. Use warm water if available.
  2. Put soap on your hands and wash for 20 seconds. Liquid soap is best.
  3. Rub hands together until the soap makes bubbles.
  4. Rub on both sides of both hands ...
  5. and in between fingers and thumbs ...
  6. and round and round both hands.
  7. Rinse all the soap off under clean running water. Use warm water if available.
  8. Dry your hands all over for 20 seconds. Using a paper towel is best (or, if at home, a clean dry towel)

Always wash and dry your hands ...


  • Eating or preparing food.


  • Sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose (or wiping children's noses)
  • Gardening (or playing outside for children)
  • Having contact with animals
  • Going to the toilet or changing nappies
  • Looking after sick people

Key Contacts:

Unite against COVID-19 - New Zealand Government

Ministry of Health

Foreign embassies and consulates in New Zealand

New Zealand Customs Service

Airlines using Auckland Airport