This guidance has been developed in accordance with COVID-19 rules and guidelines.
All aviation activity is permitted under Level 2 COVID-19 restrictions. That includes: air transport at all levels; commercial and agricultural aviation; general aviation; private business flying; all recreational aviation activities, including gliding; ballooning; hang-gliding; paragliding and parachuting (including Part 115 activity); commercial and private RPAS activity; and flight simulator training. You can fly to any destination within New Zealand.
All this activity must, however, comply with, and be conducted within, COVID-19 physical distancing rules and other Ministry of Health public health guidelines. That means all participants, all crew and all passengers sticking to the COVID-19 guidelines.
The onus is on you as an organisation and/or operator to ensure you have a COVID-19 safety plan in place to meet those rules.
You need to keep contact information and records of everyone who has been on your premises, engaged in your aviation activity, or who they have interacted with so there can be fast contact tracing in the event of a local COVID-19 infection. You have to make sure there’s physical spacing of 2m – or 1m in controlled areas – where it’s possible. Inside smaller aircraft cockpits, or for tandem operations, where the 1m rule could not be maintained, you need to keep a detailed record of everyone in that space for the duration of a flight or activity – again for rapid contact tracing if needed. No one should take part in an aviation activity if they have symptoms of a cold or flu.
Aircraft maintenance can be undertaken at Alert Level 2 as long as all the guidelines, like physical distancing, are followed.
Aviation medicals will be allowed to be carried out at Alert Level 2.
For more information, visit COVID-19 Transport Information(external link) on the Ministry of Transport website.
And Travel(external link) on the Government COVID-19 website.
If you have any questions about transport, email: email@example.com.
Follow these general principles:
- Travel safely and record your journey.
- Maintain physical distancing.
- Practice good hygiene at all times.
- Keep track of your flight.
- Don’t travel if you or your passengers are unwell.
Frequently asked questions
- What flying can be done at Level 2?
- All aviation activity is permitted at Level 2 provided you stick to published health restrictions, physical distancing and public health measures. All public transport, commercial, private and recreational aviation activity is allowed at Level 2, including commercial and recreational RPAS use.
- Who’s responsible for ensuring health guidelines are followed?
- The onus is on you – the operator, organisation, aero club or individual pilot – to make sure all health restrictions, physical distancing and public health measures are complied with. It’s expected that your organisation or club will have a COVID-19 safety plan in place before embarking on any aviation activity, so you can ensure everyone complies with the rules. Always check before a flight that pilots, crew and passengers are healthy.
- What are the rules about physical distancing?
- You should maintain physical distancing of 2m in public areas and 1m within controlled areas at all times. Where the size of an aircraft or cockpit limits the 1m spacing – small charter aircraft, flight training, or tandem operations for instance – then you must have a record keeping process in place to record who was involved, their contact details and other relevant information to allow robust and quick tracing in the event of infection. Remember to maintain good hygiene practices.
- How can I maintain a tracking log for contact tracing?
- Commercial operators can do this through their manifests, ticketing and passenger lists; and flight training through authorisation sheets and training records. It will be up to the individual organisation to develop their own plans. Private pilots can do this through a simple notebook or personal computer record. Remember to record all contacts during a flight, especially if landing at another airfield, airstrip, or location. A logbook entry is not enough.
- Are there any restrictions on where I can fly?
- There are no restrictions on where you can fly in New Zealand under Level 2. Maintain good travel records of your destinations and refuelling stops.
- What about cleaning the aircraft?
- Public heath guidelines require aircraft, headsets and any equipment in the aircraft to be cleaned before and after every flight or where maintanance is required.
- Is PPE required?
- Airline air transport operations should continue to follow Ministry of Health guidelines on the use of PPE. For other aviation activity, PPE is not usually needed to operate at Level 2 but follow Ministry of Health guidance. Everyone involved in the activity should, at all times, follow Ministry of Health guidelines including personal hygiene guidance.
- What aircraft maintenance activities are allowed under Level 2?
- There are no restrictions regarding aircraft maintenance activities. If you’re a maintenance organisation or provider you must have a tracking system in place recording the names and contact details of everyone involved in any maintenance activities at your place of business. That allows for quick contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 infection. You must comply with all other Level 2 restrictions..
- What about my flying currency requirements?
- The 3-month extension to flight BFR and competency check requirements remains in place, and currency extends for 3 months beyond your original expiry date, provided that date falls between 15 March and 24 June. Check the details on the CAA’s COVID-19 page. You’ll have to meet all rule and currency requirements to start flying again. Remember, you’ll still have to meet the 90-day requirement for three take-offs and landings before carrying passengers. An exemption is being prepared extending the 90-day IFR currency requirements to 180 days.
- What should I do if I’m operating under the currency exemption?
- Your currency remains valid for three months from the original expiry date, as per the exemption. It might be an idea, however, to do your BFR or competency check as soon as practical because there’ll be a higher demand for these checks.
- What about my medical currency?
- The extension of medical currencies to 24 June remains in place. Face-to-face general aviation medicals will be able to resume under Level 2. Contact your AME to schedule an appointment. The CAA is looking at options to manage any backlog caused by the earlier COVID-19 restrictions, if required.