Auckland border reopening December & Vaccine Passes

This afternoon, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Cabinet will confirm on November 29th its decision to move Auckland to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework. Ardern expects this transition to happen “soon” after that meeting. Auckland will move into Red, the highest level, and the rest of the country will move to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework at the same time based on vaccination levels.  

Auckland border reopening from December 15, vaccination or pre-departure tests required
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed there will be changes to Auckland’s boundary from December 15th. “Aucklanders have faced restrictions for an extended period of time to keep the rest of New Zealand safe. But with increased rates of vaccination, it’s time to open up the ability to travel again.”

People traveling out of Auckland will have to be either fully vaccinated or have a negative test within 72 hours of departure. This requirement will be in place for the core summer period of December 15th, 2021, to January 17th, 2022.

Get your Vaccine Pass
By the end of November, vaccine passes will start to be rolled out and will be required for entry into many events and venues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the passes are now being trialed, and will be available by November 29.

The “My Vaccine Pass” will take the form of a QR code that can be shown digitally or on printed paper, allowing venues to check whether a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19 or not. You can get yours here.

Please note that our HazardCo communications are guidance as per the official Government, Ministry of Health, and WorkSafe New Zealand advice.

We’re here to support you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our advisory team if you would like further information on the Covid-19 restrictions and how they impact you. Give us a call on 0800 555 339 or email

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