These guidelines for aviation activity under Alert Level 1 have been developed in accordance with COVID-19 rules.

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.

Operators are advised to continue to clean their premises and aircraft in accordance with Ministry of Health guidance that includes regular cleaning of high-touch areas, shared surfaces, and equipment.

Continue to practice good personal hygiene and follow Ministry of Health advice when you are engaged in an aviation activity. This includes washing your hands thoroughly, using hand sanitiser regularly and coughing and sneezing into your elbow. No one should take part in an aviation activity if they are unwell and have symptoms of COVID-19, visit COVID-19 symptoms.

At Alert Level 1, the primary responsibility for keeping contact tracing records lies with the individual and no business is required to keep contact tracing records. Operators and organisations should be able to assist the Ministry of Health in any activity to track and trace COVID-19 contacts. This can be through manifests or ticketing, and the provision of QR codes, to support track-and-tracing apps including the NZ Government COVID-19 tracer app. Messaging to remind customers to use COVID-19 tracing apps, to retain copies of tickets or boarding passes for 31 Days after travel, and to keep personal records will assist with this.

Aircraft maintenance can continue to be undertaken at Alert Level 1 as long as all the guidelines are followed.

For more information, visit COVID-19 Transport Information(external link) on the Ministry of Transport website.

Alert Level 1: COVID-19 Guidance for Transport Operators [PDF 298 KB] - Ministry of Transport

'Travel safely [PDF 1.5 MB]' - A4 poster

And Travel(external link) on the Government COVID-19 website.

If you have any questions about transport, email: essentialtransport@transport.govt.nz.

If engaged in any aviation activity, follow the golden rules for everyone at Alert Level 1:

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID-19 tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up alert levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

Note: this guidance may change as the COVID-19 response continues to evolve.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What flying can be done at Level 1?
  1. All aviation activities may to be undertaken at Level 1.
  1. Who’s responsible for ensuring health guidelines are followed?
  1. The onus is on you – the operator, organisation, aero club or individual pilot – to help to ensure that health guidelines are followed. Always check before a flight that pilots, crew and passengers are healthy.
  1. What are the rules about physical distancing?
  1. There are no physical distancing requirements at Level 1; remember to maintain good hygiene practices.
  1. Do I need to maintain a tracking log for contact tracing?
  1. At Alert Level 1, the primary responsibility for keeping contact tracing records lies with the individual. In order to support a quick and robust contact tracing process, aviation operators have put in place processes to capture the details, where practicable, of passengers that have travelled on their services, and when they travelled. These should continue, as far as practicable; you can do this through manifests, ticketing and passenger lists, and flight training through authorisation sheets and training records. Operators and clubs should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the COVID-19 tracer QR Code for contact tracing. Messaging to remind people to use the QR codes, to keep travel tickets and boarding passes and to maintain individual travel records will all help. Private pilots can do this through a simple notebook, digital diary, or phone app. Remember to record all contacts during a flight especially if landing at another airfield, airstrip or location.
  1. Are there any restrictions on where I can fly?
  1. There are no restrictions on where you can fly in New Zealand under Level 1. Maintain good travel records of your destinations and refuelling stops.
  1. What about cleaning the aircraft?
  1. Aircraft should be cleaned regularly in accordance with Ministry of health guidance. Public heath guidelines still require any shared equipment, surfaces and aircraft to be cleaned on a regular basis.
  1. Is PPE required?
  1. Airline air transport operations should continue to follow Ministry of Health guidelines on the use of PPE. For domestic aviation activity, PPE is not required to operate at Alert Level 1 but follow Ministry of Health guidance. Individuals may use PPE if they so wish. Everyone involved in the activity should, at all times, follow Ministry of Health guidelines including personal hygiene guidance.
  1. What aircraft maintenance activities are allowed under Alert Level 1?
  1. There are no restrictions regarding aircraft maintenance activities. Maintenance facilities should follow Ministry of Health hygiene guidelines.
  1. What about my flying currency requirements?
  1. The 3-month extension to flight BFR and competency check requirements remains in place until the 24 June 2020 and currency extends for 3-months beyond your original expiry date provided that date falls between 15 March and the 24 June 2020. However, at Alert Level 1, the advice is to regain currency as soon as you reasonably can. Remember you’ll still have to meet the 90-day requirement for three take-offs and landings before carrying passengers. An exemption has been issued that extends the 90-day IFR currency requirements to 180 days; this will expire on the 31 July 2020.
  1. What should I do if I’m operating under the currency exemption?
  1. Your currency remains valid for three months from the original expiry date, as per the exemption, but if you have not done so already, now is a good time to get that currency flight or check done and out of the way.
  1. What about my medical currency?
  1. The extension of medical currencies to the 24 June 2020 remains in place but you are encouraged to get your medical current as soon as possible. The CAA is looking at other medical currency options but these are likely to be employed only if a return to higher level COVID-19 conditions happens.