New Zealand is at COVID-19 alert Level 4, which includes severe restrictions on travel.

The restrictions aim to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by reducing contact between people. 

For guidance on essential businesses refer to the Essential Businesses page on the Government COVID-19 website(external link)

This guidance provides information about essential transport.

Transport Essential Services [PDF, 222 KB]

Key messages about transport [PDF, 145 KB]

For all other information visit the Government COVID-19 website(external link)

Please note:

The Ministry of Transport cannot provide interpretations about whether something is an essential service or good, or how to change your business operations to implement guidance, or accessing fuel, food or toilet facilities when travelling.  

Please use good judgement and remember that the aim of the Level 4 alert is to keep people physically at home and separated from other people.


  • Is my travel essential to supporting life? Am I supplying or moving food, medicine, fuel or other supplies that are essential to support or maintain life?

  • Is my travel crucial to keeping essential services running? If so, can I perform this work from home or only on an on-demand or as-required basis

  • Stretching the definition of “essential for life” undermines the purpose of COVID-19 alert level 4, puts more lives at risk, and could extend the lockdown for longer.

  • If you have non-essential goods blocking movement of essential goods, then you should move your non-essential goods to storage elsewhere.

This information will be updated as the response to COVID-19 evolves.