Government advice on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and CAA information about continuing to operate as an aviation participant.
Page last updated 19 Aug 2020
For CAA information before 4 Jun 2020, see Earlier CAA COVID-19 information
Visit covid19.govt.nz(external link) Government helpline 0800 779 997
Below are links to specific information on the Government COVID-19 website:
Alert Level 3 information(external link) 16 Apr 2020
For civil aviation enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
20 Nov 2020
The Ministry of Transport has published updated guidance for transport operators at Alert Level 1. The key change is to reflect the exemption issued by the Director-General of Health, which clarifies that: drivers and passengers on school transport services are not required to wear a face covering, and school transport services are not required to display a QR code.
It also includes some messaging on using a face covering safely, and incorporates some minor and technical changes.
19 Nov 2020
Some passengers on public transport may unable to wear face coverings due to a disability or health condition. To help with this, an exemption card has been developed.
17 Nov 2020
The Ministry of Transport has published updated guidance for transport operators at Alert Level 1, with face coverings now mandatory on domestic flights.
16 Nov 2020
As announced by Minister Hipkins(external link), face coverings must be worn by those travelling on all air transport services across New Zealand from 11.59pm on Wednesday 18 November 2020.
The requirement will apply to air transport services operated for fare-paying passengers, and which are available to the public generally (charter services and tours and private flights will be excluded).
Other exemptions previously agreed for the face covering settings at Alert Level 2, will still apply.
Face coverings can be removed for the purposes of eating, drinking or taking medicines by those on public/air transport journeys, where these activities are ordinarily allowed.
The Ministry of Transport are updating guidance for operators, collateral and online material and will make this material available as soon as possible.
30 Oct 2020
Our Chief Advisor Human Factors Matt Harris provided advice on maintaining mental wellbeing in isolation in the most recent CAA Briefing. The advice is targeted primarily at aircrew but it serves as a good reminder to all of us of what we can do to look after ourselves and our wellbeing if we find ourselves in isolation in the future – whether it is because of a COVID-19 resurgence, or working in a remote or isolated setting.
06 Oct 2020
The Ministry of Transport has published guidance for transport operators at Alert Level 1, effective from 11.59pm on Wednesday 7 October. Operators should continue to display QR codes for contact tracing and passengers are encouraged to wear face coverings.
24 Sep 2020
The Ministry of Transport has published guidance for transport operators at Alert Level 1 and 2. Public transport passengers are encouraged to wear face coverings.
Note that any operations that transit to or from an Alert Level 2 area should follow Alert Level 2 guidance.
22 Sep 2020
The Ministry of Transport has published guidance for transport operators at Alert Level 1 and 2. Note that any operations that transit to or from an Alert Level 2 area should follow Alert Level 2 guidance.
There are some slight differences from previous Alert Level 1 guidance so we encourage operators to read this latest guidance.
14 Sep 2020
The Ministry of Transport has published comprehensive guidance for transport operators at Alert Level 2, including information about face coverings, cleaning, and customer compliance.
The Unite against COVID-19(external link) website has been updated with information about regional travel at Alert Level 2 and 3.
24 Aug 2020
Today’s Government decision requiring passengers travelling in any commercial transport to wear face masks will apply from Monday 31 August.
We will provide more detailed information once it becomes available from the Ministry of Transport.
18 Aug 2020
There are a number of participants overseas who are required to hold a current NZ Class 1 medical certificate and in some instances COVID restrictions have curtailed access to NZ CAA examiners.
We have developed some regulatory relief in a form of case by case exemptions.
The exemption, if granted will provide the applicant relief from the requirement in Civil Aviation Rule CAR 61.35(a)(1)(ii) that a person hold a current class 1 medical certificate issued under the Act.
14 Aug 2020
Auckland remains at Alert Level 3. The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2.
The Prime Minister announced tonight that there are no changes to the COVID-19 Alert Levels. The Health Order has been extended until 26 August 2020.
Operators should continue to take all of the same precautions you are presently undertaking as part of your operations. We will continue to update you as soon as we have more information.
The official government COVID-19 website(external link) remains the primary source of government information on COVID-19.
For the latest Alert Level transport guidance and information, see the Ministry of Transport(external link) website.
12 Aug 2020
The Level 3 restrictions cover the Auckland ‘Super City’ area and besides Auckland International, includes the GA airfields at Ardmore, North Shore, Parakai, Waiheke Island, Drury, but also covers smaller airfields, all air strips and other aeroplane and helicopter bases. Routine or recreational aviation activity should not transit between the zones and must in all respects comply with the Level 2 and 3 guidance.
People may only transit into the Level 3 area to return to their home location or to transit out of the Auckland area to return home. For example, it would not be acceptable for a flight to get airborne from Ardmore (Level 3), fly into a Level 2 area to conduct recreational or training activity to either land in the Level 2 area and then return to Ardmore, or to return direct. A transit from Level 2 areas through the Level 3 area may be conducted but no planned landings are to be made in the Level 3 area except in the event of an emergency.
3 Aug 2020
Being an aviation professional can be demanding at the best of times, whether it’s dealing with long and unpredictable hours, varying workloads, or complex environments. We recognise that the significant impacts of COVID-19 on the aviation sector have made things even more challenging.
24 Jun 2020
23 Jun 2020
The Emergency Directive for medical certificates expires at midnight Wednesday 24 June. This directive allows medical certificates with expiry dates between 26 March 2020 and 23 June 2020 to remain in force until that time.
If you have not renewed your medical certificate, you will be unable to exercise the privileges after midnight 24 June 2020.
12 Jun 2020
The provisions that were part of the regulatory relief package about recertification and the rescheduling of SMS implementation dates no longer apply.
Applicants for both certification and recertification are to apply in the prescribed manner. The rescheduling of SMS implementation dates has been completed, and there will be no further amendment to those dates.
09 Jun 2020
On 19 May 2020, the CAA consulted on a General Direction that enabled medical certificates with expiry dates between 26 March and 24 June 2020 to remain in force until 90 days following the original date of expiry.
Based on feedback the CAA received, together with recent evidence showing a high uptake of participants seeking aviation medicals, we feel the proposed GD is no longer required.
08 Jun 2020
All commercial and recreational aviation activity is permitted under Level 1 COVID-19 restrictions. You can fly to any destination within New Zealand. Physical distancing is not required.
04 Jun 2020
For CAA information before 4 Jun 2020, see Earlier CAA COVID-19 information