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

Page last updated 21 Jan 2022


Government information

Unite against COVID-19

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

Traffic lights (external link)(COVID-19 Protection Framework)

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 Covid-19 information for businesses(external link)

Travel with Australia(external link)

Travel with the Cook Islands(external link)


CAA information

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


Transport COVID-19 Update – 20 January 2022

Northland moved to Orange at 11.59pm on 20 January 2022, while the rest of New Zealand remained at Orange. All of New Zealand will move into Red in the event of an Omicron community outbreak.

People are asked to make plans for their households and workplaces, including getting a plan in place for isolating at home if needed.

Transport announcements summary table [PDF 275 KB]


Guidance to aviation participants – 17 January 2022

The CAA has developed the following guidance to assist aviation participants with application of the COVID-19 Protection Framework towards aviation activities. This guidance has been updated following the Auckland Area travel restrictions being lifted from 18 January 2022.

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.

Guidance to aviation participants – 17 January 2022 [PDF 630 KB]


Transport COVID-19 Update – 15 January 2022

The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Amendment Order 2022 update removes the requirement for people leaving the extended Auckland Area to be vaccinated or have a negative test within the previous 72 hours. This came into effect 11.59pm on 16 January 2022.

Transport announcements summary table [PDF 275 KB]

Rapid Antigen Tests remain free until 31 January for unvaccinated travellers who require a test as a condition of carriage with transport providers. From 1 February, unvaccinated travellers requiring a negative test as a condition of carriage will need to pay for their tests. Transport Operators requiring vaccination or proof of a negative test as a condition of carriage should update their communications to reflect this change.


Emergency Directive: Relief from the General Directions – Examination Procedures and Timetable of Routine Examinations

14 Jan 2022

This Emergency Directive is issued in response to the situation created by COVID-19, and in particular, the inability to safely undertake some aspects of ear, nose and throat examinations and eye examinations in [Levels 2, 3 and 4 or Framework levels Orange and Red] of the COVID-19 alert and traffic light system.

This Emergency Directive is necessary to provide relief from certain requirements of Civil Aviation Rules 61.35 and 65.25, without compromising civil aviation safety.

Emergency Directive: Relief from the General Directions – Examination Procedures and Timetable of Routine Examinations [PDF 256 KB]


Stand-down period after COVID-19 vaccination

13 Dec 2021

Aviation duties should not be undertaken for a minimum of 48 hours after each dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. This is because side effects, which are generally mild, tend to be more prevalent on day two. 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.


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]


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