Government advice on COVID-19 and CAA information about continuing to operate as an aviation participant.

Page last updated 03 Dec 2021


Government information

Unite against COVID-19

Visit covid19.govt.nz(external link)     Government helpline 0800 779 997

Current alert levels(external link)

Latest updates(external link)

Advice and resources for businesses(external link)

Looking after your mental wellbeing(external link)

Ministry of Health information for the aviation sector(external link)

Ministry of Transport information for transport operators(external link)

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment financial support for businesses(external link)

Quarantine-free travel with Australia(external link)

Quarantine-free travel with the Cook Islands(external link)


CAA information

For civil aviation enquiries, email info@caa.govt.nz


Final guidance to aviation participants – 3 December 2021

The CAA has developed the following guidance to assist aviation participants with application of the COVID-19 Protection Framework towards aviation activities.

This should be read in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport’s Guidance for Transport Operators(external link).

It is important to note that this is a living document and changes will be made at any time.

For any other queries or information, please contact the CAA at info@caa.govt.nz

Final guidance to aviation participants – 3 December 2021 [PDF 715 KB]


Alert Level 3/2: COVID-19 Guidance for Transport Operators – 12 November 2021

This guidance is subject to change as the response develops. From 11.59pm on 11 November 2021:

  • Upper Northland moved to Alert Level 2
  • Land Search and Rescue and Amateur Radio Emergency Communications are exempt from the Alert Level Order while providing lifesaving, maritime assistance, search, and rescue services (including training, patrolling, and other work needed to ensure preparedness for those services)
  • people working for the Transport Accident Investigation Commission for the purposes of carrying out the Commission’s essential work are permitted to travel across the Alert Level boundary (noting the requirements for these people crossing the boundary remain the same as is in place for other permitted businesses or services – e.g. testing requirements and carrying evidence of permission for travel).

Alert Level 3/2: COVID-19 Guidance for Transport Operators – 12 November 2021 [PDF 547 KB]


Alert Level 3/2: COVID-19 Guidance for Transport Operators – 10 November 2021

This guidance is subject to change as the response develops. This version contains the following key updates:

  • From 11.59pm on 9 November 2021, the Auckland Alert Level 3 Area moved to step 2 of easing the Alert Level 3 settings. This expands retail and public facility access, and outdoor gathering activities in the Auckland Alert Level 3 Area to allow previously prohibited activities. For further information visit the Unite Against COVID-19(external link) website.

Alert Level 3/2: COVID-19 Guidance for Transport Operators – 10 November 2021 [PDF 616 KB]


Alert Level 3/2: COVID-19 Guidance for Transport Operator – 3 November 2021

This guidance is subject to change as the response develops. This version contains the following key updates:

  • From 11.59pm on 2 November 2021, the Waikato part of the Alert Level 3 Area moved to step 2 of easing the Alert Level 3 settings. This expands retail and public facility access, and outdoor gathering activities in the Waikato Alert Level 3 Area to allow previously prohibited activities.
  • From 11.59pm on 2 November, the northern part of Northland (the Upper Northland part of the Alert Level 3 area) moved to Alert Level 3.

Alert Level 3/2: COVID-19 Guidance for Transport Operators – 3 November 2021 [PDF 618 KB]


Alert Level 3/2: COVID-19 Guidance for Transport Operators – 28 October 2021

This guidance is subject to change as the response develops. This version contains the following key updates:

  • From 11.59pm on 27 October 2021, the Waikato Alert Level 3 Area moved to step 1 of easing the Alert Level 3 settings. This expands outdoor recreation in the Waikato part of the Alert Level 3 Area to allow previously prohibited activities. For further information visit the Unite Against COVID-19(external link) website.

Alert Level 3/2: COVID-19 Guidance for Transport Operators – 28 October 2021 [PDF 612 KB]


Alert Level 3/2: COVID-19 Guidance for Transport Operators – 20 October 2021

This guidance is subject to change as the response develops. This version contains the following key updates:

  • From 11.59pm on Tuesday 19 October 2021, Northland will move to Alert Level 2.

Alert Level 3/2: COVID-19 Guidance for Transport Operators – 20 October 2021 [PDF 1.2 MB]


Recreational flying not permitted in Northland at Alert Level 3

09 Oct 2021

An amendment to the Order means that recreational flying is no longer permitted in Northland, from 11.59pm 08 October 2021. Northland now has the same settings as the Waikato Alert Level 3 area. Cabinet will review these Alert Level settings on Monday  18 October [updated 14 Oct].

Advice for Northland(external link)

Alert Level boundary map(external link)


Flying unmanned aircraft at Alert Level 3

08 Oct 2021

Flying unmanned aircraft for recreational purposes is not specifically prohibited under the current Order(external link).

In the Auckland Alert Level 3 area, flying unmanned aircraft can be done provided:

  • it is done in an outdoor place appropriate for that kind of recreation, and
  • it is done in compliance with physical distancing requirements and the prohibition against gathering in outdoor places, and
  • it does not involve travel to Waiheke Island or Great Barrier Island.

In the Waikato Alert Level 3 area, flying unmanned aircraft can be done provided:

  • it is done in an outdoor place appropriate for that kind of recreation that is readily accessible (including by using their vehicle) from their home or place of residence, and
  • it is done in compliance with physical distancing requirements and the prohibition against gathering in outdoor places, and
  • it does not involve any other activities that expose the participant to danger or may require search and rescue.

In terms of flying unmanned aircraft for commercial purposes, this can be done by any business or service that is operating in accordance with the AL3 requirements (businesses and services must close unless they are operating in compliance with these requirements). This applies to both Auckland and Waikato. The Alert Level 3 requirements are set out in clauses 25 to 30 of the Order, and include:

  • systems and processes in place to maintain physical distancing,
  • systems and processes in place to minimise travel,
  • systems and processes in place for contact recording, and
  • any applicable adjustments to the Alert Level 3 requirements as set out in clause 30 of the Order.

Recreational flying at Alert Level 3

07 Oct 2021

The CAA has reviewed the current Alert Level Requirements Order in relation to recreational flying under Alert Level 3.

Recreational flying using ‘manned aircraft’ is not allowed in the Waikato Alert Level 3 area.

Recreational flying using ‘manned aircraft’ is allowed within the Auckland Alert Level 3 area providing that it:

  • Is done in an outdoor place appropriate for that kind of exercise or recreation, and
  • Is done in compliance with the requirements that relate to physical distancing and the prohibition against gathering in outdoor places, and
  • Does not involve travel to Waiheke Island or Great Barrier Island.

If you are flying recreationally in Auckland you must remain within the Auckland region throughout your flight – the border in place is both a land and air border.


New form: 24091-C19 Application for operation or maintenance of an aircraft during COVID-19 restrictions

- Word version [DOCX 183 KB]
- PDF version [PDF 292 KB]


Continuing Airworthiness Notice – 05-011 – Continuing Airworthiness of Aircraft in reduced operation due to COVID-19 Restrictions (Revision 4) – 20 Sep 2021

The purpose of this Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is to advise aviation participants of the current situation regarding aircraft operations for maintenance under COVID-19 restrictions.

Revision 4 of this CAN is raised to address the change in Alert Level status announced 20 September 2021, and to outline the requirements for flying non-essential aircraft under Alert Level 3 restrictions.

Read CAN 05-011 here.


Continuing Airworthiness Notice – 02-004 – Interior cleaning of aircraft during the Covid-19 pandemic – 09 September 2021

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is issued to advise operators and maintainers of the airworthiness risks associated with Covid-19 cleaning requirements.

Read CAN 02-004 here.


Continuing Airworthiness Notice – 05-011 – Continuing Airworthiness of Aircraft in reduced operation due to COVID-19 Restrictions (Revision 2) – 30 August 2021

The purpose of this Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is to advise aviation participants of the current situation regarding aircraft operations for maintenance under COVID-19 restrictions.

Revision 2 of this CAN is raised to address the Alert Level 4 status which began 17 August 2021 and remains in force at the date of publication of this CAN.

Read CAN 05-011 here.


Medical certification

If you are an essential worker and unable to see your Medical Examiner for medical certification during Alert Level 4, please contact your Medical Examiner for options available to you.

Alternative Method to the General Medical Examination


CAA regulatory relief packages

As a result of the extension of New Zealand’s current Alert Level 4 restrictions we have reinstated the regulatory relief package we put in place in March 2020.

Regulatory relief measures available


Dangerous Goods Exemption

CAA has issued an exemption to assist individuals who are unable to complete Dangerous Goods recurrent training due to the COVID alert levels. 

Exemption from the Requirement in Civil Aviation Rule 92.205 [PDF 182 KB]


Printing of licences during COVID-19 Alert Level 4

The CAA is not currently able to print licences for those who have applied for a new issue or any amendments. However, we are able to provide PDF copies and can continue to provide verification (use Form CAA602 [PDF 30 KB]) to other National Aviation Authorities if required. This is due to the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown in New Zealand which has prevented our teams from accessing our licence printer. See below for further information about what Alert Level 4 means for the aviation sector.


Stand-down period after COVID-19 vaccination

After receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, aviation duties should not be undertaken for a minimum of 24 hours after each dose of the vaccination. This includes pilots, flight crew and flight attendants directly engaged in all forms of commercial and private aviation. It also includes air traffic controllers involved in controlling duties or aircraft maintenance personnel who are required to complete duties involving the ground running, ground taxi or operation of an aircraft.


Updated guidance for crew: Managing human performance risks during COVID-19-impacted conditions

15 Feb 2021

The recent alert level changes are a good opportunity to remind yourself what worked well the last time we were faced with this situation. Take time to refresh your memory and your risk mitigations, remind yourself what you did well and what you have learnt from last time. That thinking time will be invaluable to help you to continue to operate safely.

Remember, it's important to speak up and report any concerns, so that support can be provided and risks can be understood and addressed appropriately.

Read more on Managing human performance risks during COVID-19-impacted conditions


Posters for operators

Please travel safely [PDF 126 KB]

Track your journey [PDF 93 KB]

Everyone must wear a face covering [PDF 85 KB]


Maintaining mental wellbeing in isolation

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.

Maintaining mental wellbeing in isolation - an extract from the 28 October 2020 CAA Briefing [PDF 152 KB]


Regulatory relief for participants overseas who are required to hold a current NZ Class 1 medical certificate

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.

Read more >>


Human factors considerations for aviation professionals after COVID-19 lockdown

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.

Read more >>


Certification and SMS

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.


Draft General Direction withdrawn

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.


Flammable PPE products

04 Jun 2020

Flammable personal protection equipment products [PDF 22 KB]


For CAA information before 4 Jun 2020, see Earlier CAA COVID-19 information